Why does not my back stand long trips?

I think everyone has suffered at least once backache after a fairly long journey. Why does this happen?

Our back has two types of muscles, ones that make big moves and others that allow us to maintain our posture. There are several hypotheses why our back hurts when we make a long trip. One of these hypotheses is that during the trips, the pain comes from a bad acquired posture, because it is very hard to sit properly for hours. Many times when the journey is long, we have a moment where we fall asleep or where our postural awareness decreases, looking for comfortable positions which are not the most suitable for our back. A second hypothesis is that even if we manage to maintain proper posture throughout the journey, it is known that prolonged immobility causes trigger points, so it is advisable to stop every now and then. In this second hypothesis we might consider other theories of development of trigger points, which claim that it is precisely these postural muscles most frequently affected by trigger points, not because they must carry out great efforts, but because they are active for a long time. Also, if other factors like driving are associated, thus an additional stress on the muscles since it is known that it can increase muscle tone by maintaining that state of alert for so long.

Sometimes the pain lasts only for a while, but sometimes it persists a few days or even weeks. In these cases what can we do?

It is best to consult as soon as possible a health care professional to not worsen the pain or to make it disappear. Later, it is advisable to follow self-treatment at home to maintain the benefits of the previous consultation. Tools like 3TOOL allow physical therapy at home and thus self-treat muscle pain with its zone 1, allowing one to exert compression on typical painful spots of muscle trigger points. Its application is very simple and can be done sitting, lying or standing. Simply place the tool on a hard and stable surface, and drop ones body weight to compress the trigger points or contractures. You should feel slight discomfort during the compression (on a scale from 0 -no pain- to 10 -maximum pain- it has to be about 7). The pressure should be maintained until you feel that the pain diminishes or disappears, in this case one can increase the pressure or end the self-treatment.

If what one feels is more a certain rigidity than pain, very frequent in the thoracic area, thanks to zone 3 of the tool one can perform exercises to ease those "locked" vertebrae and thus reduce pain or remove it. In the same way as for the treatment of trigger points, the tool should be placed on a hard, stable surface beforehand and perform gentle mobilization exercises of the area.

One of the advantages of 3TOOL is that you can carry it anywhere because it is small and light. So for example the next time you have to catch a train, a plane or a bus for many hours, you can take it and apply the self-treatment directly against the seat.

Do not hesitate and take advantage of this simple tool you can take anywhere so that trigger points do not prevent you from enjoying your travels!

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