Oh my Aching Back…..


ID-10075944Back pain strikes countless individuals and can range from a mild discomfort to a seriously disabling condition. For some, it is brought on by a constant stress placed on the back through things like heavy lifting or moving; while for others it can come from simply sitting still for far too long.

Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It is a very common condition that about 80% of adults will go through. There are many things you can do to alleviate the pain. Here are a few tips that can help you to soothe your aching back.

Acupuncture-. More and more medical practitioners are using this method to treat patients effectively. Upon insertion, the needles stimulate specific nerves that trigger the brain and spinal cord to release chemicals that can help to reduce pain. Many back pain sufferers have found relief using this method.

Drinking water. With seventy percent of our bodies being water, it’s important that we keep hydrated. Water can keep your body loose and fluid rather than stiff. Staying hydrated will also keep your intervertebral disks functioning as shock absorbers to take a lot of the pressure off the rest of the body.

Get Moving.  If you have a sedentary lifestyle, then one of the first things you will want to do to improve back pain is start some kind of exercise routine. Cardio is important as it will help you to lose weight, but you want to really focus on a good muscle building routine; focusing on the muscles in your back.

Get a New Mattress. Most mattresses have an 8-10 year life span. If you often wake up with back pain after sleeping, you may need to consider getting a new mattress. A mattress that is too soft or old offers little back support and can be the cause of stiffness. Having your back in a bad position for eight hours every night can easily cause a lot of pain.

Get a Massage.  All the exercise you can do to relieve your back pain is certainly a wise decision for your health. But one can not possible deny the exquisitely comforting and relaxing method of a good old fashioned back massage.

Change your positioning. Sitting or standing in one position for an extended period of time can be a significant trigger to back pain. Instead, change it up. Find ways to do activities that typically need to be done in stagnant positions in many different ways! Many of your office activities can be adjusted to be done in ways more beneficial for your posture.

Sit up Straight. Maintaining proper posture at all times to alleviate back pain. Many adults have pain from being hunched over and not even realizing it. When you are sitting or standing, make sure that your back is extremely straight. It might feel uncomfortable at first. Although your body will get used to it, and your back will thank you later.

Get support. Avoid wearing shoes without arch support. Shoes that are flat and don’t properly support the arching of your feet not only contribute to hurting feet, but also to severe back pain and later even scoliosis. Even if the shoe is not fashionable, consider that it saves you an aching back and keeps you healthy.

Get stepping. Stair climbing is a good exercise to strengthen the back muscles and help relieve back pain. When stair climbing, either with a machine or on actual stairs, make sure to keep your posture good, as if you were balancing a book on your head. Slumping over can hurt your back more.

Lose the extra weight. If you suffer from back pain, it is crucial that you lose weight if you are overweight or obese. Excess weight puts pressure on your back and this pressure is one of the main causes of back pain. Also, losing weight will help you be able to move your back more.

Get out your headphones! Studies show that music therapy reduces disability from pain, anxiety and depression. Music can even have a small, immediate effect on reducing pain.

Instead of suffering in silence from your back pain, why not use the advice in this article to set the ball in motion in your efforts to find treatment. Nobody should have to live their life in pain. Fortunately, there are many options that can greatly reduce or eliminate even the most severe back pain. If you are looking for additional help with back pain relief, let’s talk. Together we can set the wheels in motion to a better life!

 

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