Your back is made up of a mesh of muscles that support your spine and give alignment to your spine. This is what allows the flexibility of your body to move, bend, sit up, rollover, etc. You get the idea. These muscles are the most important role in our ability to balance, have good posture, etc. They also play an important role with other nearby muscles that have the connections to pain receptors in our brain. As a sufferer of fibromyalgia, you may already know that fibromyalgia is characterized by overactive pain processing. This is a big factor in chronic pain conditions. So how does this affect the back? Lumbar spondylosis, also known as spinal osteoarthritis, affects the lower back through a narrowing of the spinal canal. The affliction is primarily seen in people over 40 years of age, and women are affected more than men. Common complaints are pain and morning stiffness in the lower back.As the lumbar portion of the spine carries the majority of a person's weight, pain may be associated with lifting and other physical activity or sitting for long periods of time. Physical therapy can help ease pain and increase mobility. Foraminal spinal stenosis is a condition of the spine characterized by enlargement of the vertebral foramen, which puts pressure on the spinal nerves. Kyphosis is the medical term for the forward rounding of a person's upper back, also called round back or more commonly hunchback. Kyphosis is a much more pronounced rounding than what is normal, often more than 45 degrees. Kyphosis can occur at any age and has several causes. While a mild case will not present many problems, a severe case can have serious complications. Work that pain out of your back! Learn how to do the cobra exercise to ease lower back pain in this free back pain relief video from a fitness expert. When you work long hours behind a desk and spend all day on a computer, you may develop physical problems unless you can maintain a proper computer sitting position. Knowing the correct position can reduce the risk of long-term neck and back pain. Setting up the proper workstation and taking frequent breaks throughout the day will also help reduce stress on your body. By making a small adjustment to the way you sit, you'll greatly reduce your back pain and decrease the chances of it reoccurring. Sit up straight with your head held high. When at your computer, make it so the monitor is at eye level if possible. A planned program of manipulation over a period of time backed up by an exercise routine can significantly handle the problem. This is great. However, soon after you stop the exercise, for what ever reason, the condition starts to consume you again. This I know from experience, years of experience. How come is it that someone who leads a relatively active life should need extra exercise to stay in one piece? More basic to the muscles and everything else that manifest pain in the back are cells and tissue and ultimately energy. Energy is what makes the muscle cells expand and contract, for example, animating the body. It was the ability to bend forwards that led the doctor to say I was fine and should go to work. By the look in his eye it was obvious what my backache meant to him 'that I was playing a 'fast one' to get out of a day's teaching! seeing the pain as a 'wake-up' call, a message that something needs to be addressed. Being the 'victim' is just one way of seeing it. I can make a more empowering choice for myself and see the pain as a simple and supportive message from the body that 'something needs to be addressed' According to the Mayo Clinic, four out of five people in the United States suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. The most common causes of back pain are strains or muscle spasms caused by actions such as lifting heavy equipment or overextending oneself during a rigorous workout. Back pain therapy can often be performed at home, and, when done regularly, will reduce pain and strengthen damaged muscles. Retrolisthesis is a problem occuring in the lower back where the vertebra or bone slips backward onto the bone below it. There are several causes for this problem. There are different reasons for this condition in children and adults. Artificial Disk Replacement Total disk replacement is an investigative procedure for some patients with severely damaged disks. It is done instead of spinal fusion surgery, but it has not yet been shown to be superior to it. The technique implants artificial disks (such as ProDisc, Link, and SB Charite) consisting of two metal plates and a soft core. The surgery can be performed using a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. It is done through tiny cuts using miniature tools and viewing devices. An artificial cushioning device called the prosthetic disk nucleus (PDN) replaces only the inner gel-like core (nucleus pulposus) within the intervertebral space, rather than the entire disk.