Quick Relief for Back Pain
While it is nearly impossible to ignore back pain, the busyness of modern life sometimes makes it almost impossible to find the time to have it diagnosed and treated. Although a discussion with a medical professional should be your first priority, here are some suggestions for ways to help ease and prevent back pain.
Even though it may sound painful -- start some gentle exercising. A stronger core (abdominal and back muscles) will support your back better. Swimming is a good way to loosen tight muscles and strengthen all-over body tone.
If at all possible, avoid sitting in one place for very long. Try to move and stretch as often as possible. If you do sit for extended periods of time, use an adjustable chair with good back support; or support your back with a small cushion if you are seated in a regular chair or driving. As you sit, focus on pulling your stomach muscles in, tilting your pelvis forward a bit, and keeping your head supported over your spine.
At night, use a small pillow between your knees to support sleeping on your side. This helps to take the pressure off your lower back and hips and reduce the curvature of your spine.
Remember to drink lots of water or other non-sugary drinks to stay hydrated. A well-hydrated body will feel less ache-y and stiff.
- Do positive activities to activate endorphins. These are hormones that are released when you are feeling good -- they can help to alleviate pain signals sent to the brain. Find activities that bring you joy and/or relaxation; e.g. talking with a friend, watching a funny movie, reading a great book, meditating, etc.
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, give Fort Wayne Chiropractor, Busch Chiropractic, a call today at 1-888-471-4090. With each new patient, we conduct a thorough exam to get to the root of your pain then develop a treatment plan that not only fits your lifestyle, but strives to keep you pain-free and healthy.
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