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General information about back pain
General information about back pain

In the very beginning homo erectus was a tree dweller. Hunger forced him down from the trees to roam in the kingdom of wild animals and reptiles. Many of them were his distant relatives; they were also vertebrates. He tried to imitate them by crawling and walking on all four limbs. However, this wasn’t a practical position for him, so he raised his head upward. Homo Erectus; upright, proud of his origin, his intelligence, his moral being, his opinions and his solidarity, conquered the world. He was different and he showed it by raising himself from the ground with a straight spinal column allowing him to walk upright. What about the effects of this alteration in posture and the consequent changes in his anatomy on his well-being?

Today, millions of years later, we have come to fully understand what this means to us. The function of walking upright often has a price to pay and all too often this “simply” means pain.

85% of people have experienced back pain!

It is claimed that up to eighty-five out of a hundred people will experience disabling pain in their lower back at least once during their lives! And each year up to 45% of adults will experience some degree of low back pain. In addition 70% of all people who suffer low back pain attacks will have at least 3 or more recurrences. One thing is certain: Pain in the lower back region ranks among the most widespread pathological phenomena in modern civilization.

Back pain doesn’t discriminate!

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Because of the natural aging processes elderly people are more frequently affected by back pain than the young. Nonetheless, studies across Europe have shown that back pain is very common in children, with around 50% of the youngsters experiencing back pain at some stage in childhood.

In women back pain can be triggered by periods and pregnancy, and child care increases a women’s vulnerability to back problems. Research has shown that women’s back pain problems are mostly the result of daily activities such as domestic work, child care; whereas men’s back pain is often the result of an acute injury.

The tall and the short suffer from back pain!

There is no proven correlation between an individual’s anatomical structure and back pain. In spite of the obstinate belief that the length of one’s legs, ones height or weight has an impact on the risk of becoming ill, research has not shown any clear results.

Work involving lifting, bending and sitting puts you at higher risk!

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The highest risk category for developing back pain is connected with work involving lifting heavy loads, bending, and sitting for long periods of time. Likewise, a direct link between vibrations (e.g. in cars or planes) and smoking, and back pain has been made by many studies.

Don’t suffer from back pain just because you are a woman, you have your period and have to take care of your children and domestic work. Stay away from back pain even if you are getting older or you are facing acute injury. For daily activities put on KOSMODISK CLASSIC Spine Massager or KOSMODISK ACTIVE Sports Belt if you suffer mostly in a lumbar area; for longer drives in a car attach on your seat KOSMODISK PRESTIGE Car Application; protect and improve your joint flexibility with KOSMODISK LIFE Massage Gel and wake up rested and full of energy with KOSMODISK LIFE Contour Pillow.

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Rehabilitation from back pain


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Most common mistakes in back care


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Low back pain – causes and symptoms


Low back pain (LBP) is often described as sudden, sharp, persistent, or dull pain felt below the waist. It is very common and affects the majority of people at some point during their life.

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Posture and back pain


Watching for the correct poise is the most what we can do for our spine. But learning the correct poise technique is not so easy. Our poise can’t be fixed over night, we have to take it easy and put a lot of effort in it.

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Acute back pain


Sudden acute pain can be really painful and exhausting but it might not be a sign for constant problems. Most common causes for acute back pain are chronic, long lasting troubles, for example bad posture or abdominal muscle weakness. The latter can cause increased pressure and burdening of the spine and back muscles which eventually can lead to back injuries.

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Understanding your back


The spine is the central supporting system of our body. It's easy to forget that most of the movements that we make in our daily life the back is involved.

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Chronic back pain


Chronic back pain is the most common problem which doctors have to deal with in developed countries. It is the most common reason for absences from work compared to any other illnesses.

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What causes back pain


Spine is a complex mechanism, therefore even a smaller injury of joints, muscles, ties and nerves can cause pain.

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Who is hurt by back pain?


Back pain is one of the most common health problems in the world. It can occur at any age at both men and women.

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How stress effects our back?


Twentysomethings who experience lifestyle stress may be increasing their risk for development of back pain in their 30s.

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Body weight impact on your spine


Overweight has a harmful impact on your spine. Extra fat doesn’t do any good to your body. In contrast with muscles which protect joins, extra weight just increases the burden that joints have to carry. That is especially harmful for joints in loin and hips.

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False ideas about back


There are many false ideas about the causes and appropriate treatments for back pain. Unfortunately, these misunderstandings can often lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety and even behavior that can make your back pain worse.

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Facts and figures about back care


Facts and figures about back care give an overview of the total number of people affected by back pain, the associated costs and various other facts and figures.

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