If a person experiences a forward slip of one vertebra (a bone in the spinal column), this is called a spondylolisthesis. It usually occurs in the lumbar region, or near the base of the spine, and is one of the most common causes of persistent back pain, according to the Spine Institute of New York. Spondylolisthesis causes pain if it compresses (pinches) a nerve. A bulging disc in your back can cause problems ranging from temporary, inconvenient pain to incontinence and even the inability to walk. The treatments for a bulging disc range from mild to advanced, depending on the severity of the problems that the bulging disc causes. Disc problems in the lumbosacral area can cause radiating pain symptoms which, in severe cases, can travel down the leg and into the foot. Herniated disc heel pain is an indicator of sciatic nerve impingement. This condition can be exacerbated with the body's protective response of muscular tightening which puts more pressure on the nerve. According to Dr. Stewart G. Eidelson, founder of SpineUniverse, the sciatic nerve, which measures just under one inch in diameter, is the largest nerve in the body. It goes from the lower back all the way to the foot. A damaged sciatic nerve causes painful symptoms. In severe cases, these symptoms may be life altering. Black Disc Disease is also known as Degenerative Disc Disease and is most commonly found in adults. Even though the name implies disease, it is actually a natural process associated with aging. In most cases, since the disease can be correlated with aging, it is asymptomatic. However, in the rest of the cases, the main symptom is back pain that occurs gradually and does not necessarily coincide with any type of trauma. A herniated disc in your back can cause symptoms like lower back pain and pain in your legs. If the same disc in your back herniates more than once, it is called a recurrent herniated disc. If a person is not aware of any activity or cause of the pain, or if the pain has been present for any length of time, I would urge you to see a physician immediately to rule out anything more serious than a muscular cause for the pain. Once the origin of pain has been determined, an effective massage therapy treatment plan can be put in place. Chronic lower back pain is a common condition many people are faced with today. There are many reasons as to why this problem can develop; causes may include improper posture while sitting, weak muscle strength, or as a byproduct of disease. Today's sedentary lifestyle has led to many health problems, mainly a pain in the upper back. Many people complain about problems like upper backaches. Thus, exercises for the upper back have become necessary to avoid any kind of permanent damage to the spinal cord or the adjoining back muscles. In this exercise, one has to place his back against a wall. Arms need to be placed against the wall, with palms facing outwards. The exercise includes raising and lowering the arms in order to stretch the upper back muscles. The exercise should be repeated 20 times.