Low back pain is one of the most common health problems today, and it is estimated that 80% of the population felt pain in the low back, lumbar or lower part of the spine at least one time during their lifetime.
Thus, low back pain has become a major public health problem because it is the most common cause of absence from work and a large number of sick leave days.
Spine is anatomically complicated set of vertebrae (of which 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar), rings that allow the launch of the vertebrae, and is associated with a number of muscles, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments, forming the main body bearing assembly.
It allows us upright posture, vertebrae arranged in a tube shape shielding canal through which the spinal cord and nerve roots of the arms and legs.
Therefore, because of its multiple functions spine is exposed to constant mechanical action (pressure, train, shear, bending, twisting), which can cause overuse and wear.
Some parts of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) have a different range of motion, for example the neck is extremely mobile, and the breasts have very low mobility. At the transition between one part of the spine to another usually leads to degenerative changes, which are a source of pain.
These are all people who work hard physical work or several hours adverse postures, mainly sedentary job, older men in whom there was a degenerative process, people with osteoporosis or some congenital anomalies of the spine after injuries and operations of the spine.
TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
The comfrey herb, which grows in damp meadows, fields and ditches near the water, it can make life easier for millions of people struggling with low back pain, according to researchers.
A cream containing extract of this plant fully healed low back pain in only 5 days during the testing. The researchers examined 120 people with pain in the lower and upper back. On one half of the respondents was given a cream comfrey, while the other half was given a fake cream. None of the two groups were told what they use.
After five days the intensity of pain in people who were using fake cream decreased by 39 percent, and researchers explain this with the desire to feel better. But people who were using comfrey cream admitted that the pain decreased by 95 percent. Comfrey also acts very quickly, just an hour after the application.
The research was conducted by scientists at the German Sports University in Bonn, and the results were published in the British Journal of Sports Medina.
Comfrey root extract is an incredibly powerful and clinically proven to effectively reduce acute pain, “according to an explanation of the research results.
This plant has a root as beet and large, hairy leaves and herbalists has been used it since ancient times.
Previous studies have also shown that comfrey effectively removes other types of pain and proved to be excellent in gel form against the pain and dislocation of joints in osteoarthritis and the knee.
Comfrey shouldn’t be used in form of capsules and supplements because it can be toxic to the liver.