Masturbation and Lower Back Pain: Separating Fact from Fiction
- Dr. Junaid Arshad
- April 4, 2023
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Does masturbation cause lower back pain?
Masturbation is a common sexual activity that many people engage in. It involves self-stimulation of the genitalia to achieve sexual pleasure and orgasm.
Lower back pain, on the other hand, is a common complaint that affects millions of people worldwide.
There have been claims that masturbation can cause lower back pain, but is there any truth to this claim?
In this article, we will explore the relationship between masturbation and lower back pain.
Despite the widespread belief that masturbation causes lower back pain, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Lower back pain can result from various factors, such as poor posture, muscle strain, spinal disc problems, and underlying medical conditions. Notably, masturbation is not among the known causes of lower back pain.
5 possible causes of back pain with masturbation
Masturbation can indirectly contribute to lower back pain by the following mechanisms:
#1. Awkward posture
Some people may engage in masturbation in a way that puts excessive strain on their lower back muscles.
This can occur if they use awkward positions or apply too much pressure on their lower back while masturbating.
Over time, this can cause muscle strain and lead to lower back pain.
#2. Quality of Sleep
Another way masturbation can indirectly cause lower back pain is by interfering with sleep.
Some people may masturbate before going to bed as a way to relax and fall asleep faster.
However, this can have the opposite effect as the release of sexual tension can cause an increase in heart rate and adrenaline, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue and muscle soreness, including in the lower back.
#3. Depletion of Nutrients
This can weaken the bones and increase the risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis, which can cause back pain.
#4. Psychological Effects
It is also important to consider the psychological aspect of masturbation and its relationship with lower back pain.
Masturbation is often associated with feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety, particularly in individuals who have been raised with strict cultural or religious beliefs.
These negative emotions can lead to increased muscle tension and stress, which can cause lower back pain.
In addition, excessive masturbation can lead to addiction, which can result in neglect of other aspects of one’s life, such as exercise and a healthy diet.
This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and weight gain, both of which are known risk factors for lower back pain.
Prevention of Back Pain
To prevent lower back pain, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and proper posture.
Engaging in regular physical activity can strengthen the muscles in the lower back, making them more resilient to strain and injury.
A healthy diet can give the body the necessary nutrients for bone health and overall well-being.
Proper posture, both while sitting and standing, can also prevent unnecessary strain on the lower back muscles.
Masturbation and Chest Pain
This is another misconception linked to masturbation.
Masturbation has no specific relationship with chest pain.
However, excessive sympathetic activity during masturbation may increase the workload of the heart and cause chest pain.
There is a separate article that explains in detail the relationship of masturbation with chest pain. Click here
Some More Causes of Back Pain
#1. Herniated or bulging discs:
Herniated or bulging discs are another common cause of back pain, especially in older adults. Symptoms of herniated or bulging discs include shooting pain down the leg, numbness, or tingling in the lower back or legs.
Treatment: Treatment options for herniated or bulging discs include physical therapy, spinal manipulation, or surgery in severe cases.
Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint condition that can affect the back, especially in older adults. Symptoms of osteoarthritis-related back pain include stiffness, pain, and tenderness in the back.
Treatment: Treatment options for osteoarthritis-related back pain include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and weight management.
#3. Spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Symptoms of spinal stenosis-related back pain include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or arms.
Treatment: Treatment options for spinal stenosis-related back pain include physical therapy, pain medication, or surgery in severe cases.
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves abnormally, leading to back pain in some cases. Symptoms of scoliosis-related back pain include aching or stiffness in the back, uneven shoulders, or hips, and difficulty standing up straight.
Treatment: Treatment options for scoliosis-related back pain include physical therapy, bracing, or surgery in severe cases.
#5. Kidney Diseases
Kidney diseases are a frequent cause of back pain.
Some common kidney problems that can cause back pain include:
Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys and can cause severe pain when they pass through the urinary tract.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
UTIs can cause inflammation and pain in the kidneys, leading to back pain.
Kidney infections can cause severe pain in the back and sides, along with other symptoms such as fever and nausea.
Polycystic kidney disease
Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disorder that causes multiple cysts to form in the kidneys, leading to pain and discomfort.
Glomerulonephritis is a condition in which the kidneys become inflamed, leading to pain and swelling in the back and abdomen.
In addition to back pain, kidney problems can also cause other symptoms such as difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, fever, and nausea. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, as they may be indicative of a more serious underlying condition.
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Masturbation and Memory Loss. Click here
What causes Chest Pain After Masturbation? Click here for a detailed article
In summary, there is no direct link between masturbation and lower back pain. However, excessive or awkward masturbation positions can indirectly contribute to lower back pain by causing muscle strain. Lack of sleep, nutrient depletion, and negative emotions associated with masturbation can also lead to lower back pain. To prevent lower back pain, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and engage in regular physical activity, eat a balanced diet, and practice proper posture. If you are experiencing lower back pain, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.