The cause of back pain is difficult to diagnose. In fact, according to a recent article in The New York Times, doctors fail to identify the cause in 85% of the cases they see. That doesn't make back pain any less uncomfortable or real. Even in a society where an abundance of surgeries and medications promise relief, millions still suffer.
While you should always consult your doctor about your individual situation, it could very well be there isn't anything special or unique that is causing your pain. A lot of back pain is the result of "everyday living." Over the years, with the rise in automation and a shift to a knowledge-based economy, Americans live a more sedentary lifestyle, one where sitting or standing for long periods is the norm.
To counter a seated lifestyle, it is important that everyone, regardless of age and fitness level, incorporate some sort of exercise that helps stretch and strengthen the back. Otherwise, energy that flows through the back area becomes blocked and starts to accumulate, manifesting as tension and contributing to stress.
How Can I Get Relief from Back Pain?
While certainly appropriate in many cases, pain medications and surgeries can introduce their own problems, ranging from dependence to infection. In many cases, physicians are now starting to go back to more traditional and holistic treatments for back pain, such as exercise and physical therapy.
In fact, the medical community is now recommending what many of us have known to be effective for back pain all along: Qi Gong.
Qi Gong as a holistic treatment for back pain and back pain prevention can help you:
- Improve posture
- Strengthen back muscles
- Improve flexibility
- Lose weight
- Avoid falls and improve balance
How Does Qi Gong for Upper Back and Neck Pain Work?
The Qi Gong for Upper Back and Neck Pain DVD focuses on the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, and neck. Because these muscles are so large, and they work so hard to support your spine, tension often builds in these areas, and energy becomes blocked.
The soft, slow movements of Qi Gong prevent energy and tension from stagnating and becoming trapped in the upper body.
Deep breathing allows oxygen-rich blood to flow to the muscles and brain, promoting healing and releasing stress.
The serene, meditative movements that are a fundamental part of Qi Gong promote a happier mood, increased creativity, and an improved outlook on life.
The Qi Gong for Upper Back and Neck Pain DVD is broken into two exercise segments: a seated routine, to be performed on the floor, and a standing routine, which requires just about enough room to extend both arms out to your sides.