One of the most common injuries affecting athletes, sports-persons and particularly those who train using weights is the back. What do you do to prevent injuring your back and if you have, or still do suffer from back pain, what do you do about it?   

Back pain affects millions of people around the world. Back pain is caused from trauma, injuries, inappropriate bending and lifting, and disease. Back pain is very common, yet some people only suffer from back pain for a few short months, then it disappears and is never felt again. Others will feel the pain daily, for the course of their lifetimes.

What causes back pain? Well, to answer the question correctly, we must first consider the muscles and nerves involved in back pain, as well as particle muscle diseases.

The muscles are where we get our strength to move, since they exert the necessary pressure, needed to force the bones to move. The muscles are the locomotive mechanisms that are constantly interrupted by the actions we take and the gravity and influence of the weight that affects us, from the earth.

When we perform asymmetrical actions, the muscles achieve a degree of strength, from the spinal column. It supports this structure of the muscles, to a degree. The other muscles promote movement, i.e. the systematic structures that enable us to lift, pull, walk, swim, stand, etc.

During movement, the muscles act by contracting. This means the muscles shrink, tighten, and narrow, and so on. Due to the shifting, the muscles start to absorb shock, and release pressure, or tension. The muscles then control what actions we conduct. We see this, when the muscles allow us to sit, walk, etc. In fact, the first thing that hits the ground, when we walk, is the heel, which is why we experience heel pain, at some point of our lives. The bearing weight is placed on the heel, which the muscles react to, by allowing one to drop the remaining foot to the ground, bending the knee to continue movement. 

The spinal column assists the muscles in many ways. The spinal column itself is made up of neurons, or nerves, which promote our sensory and motor skills. The motor nerves emerge from the muscles’ activities.

Specifically, these motor nerves are sponsored by the voluntary muscle activities, which promote body motion. The nerves will transmit messages from the brain and then the spinal cord, impulses that message to the glands and the muscles. When we move, the action is enforced by the motor nerves.

We also have sensory nerves, which relate to sense organs and sensation. We use sensory nerves, to heighten our awareness and to transmit communication to the joints.

The sensory nerves continue sending the messages down to the muscles. Once the message reaches the muscle, it travels to the organs and blood vessels, and continues to the skin and finally reaches the cranium. In short, we get our feelings and senses from these nerve signals.

Motor impulses and sensory messages combine, to alert the motor unit. The motor unit is made up of fibres, that compose the nerves and muscles. The motor unit is also the motor neuron, that acts on muscle fibres and nerve fibres.

Back pain includes muscle spasms, which start when one of these fibres cannot act with another fibre. What happens is, the muscles undertake involuntary actions, such as an unusual tightening of muscle, called contractions. If the contractions are restrained further, it can cause extreme weakness and/or paralysis.

Now, if the muscles and fibres are not working correctly, i.e. the muscles are not producing enough contraction, or the muscles are producing too many contractions, then it causes back pain. Damage can occur when the muscles are not contracting properly, with the other muscle and nerve fibres.

If you have back pain, you are likely to have pain all over! Too many people rest through an injury, unaware that they are actually impeding their recovery. When you rest an injury, your muscles become tight, increasing your chance of injuring yourself more. Only through proper stretching and exercise can your muscles heal correctly, giving you more mobility and eliminating the pain you may be feeling all over as a result of your back pain.  Take action and get rid of back pain for good! Get The The Complete Back Injury Guide. Go from Injury to independence through exercise. Start today. Simply copy this link into your browser:

Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a recent contract to run the gyms on a couple of luxury cruise ships. He has done a special higher level fitness training course and has qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He manages a local gym, assisting staff and clients with training plans and one on ones. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. He writes articles on many fitness topics, such as training, bodybuilding, working out, losing fat, toning the muscles, nutrition, supplements and more. Visit his blog at Fitness And Fatness, by clicking here, or by copying this link: