Roughly 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point during their lives.
Pass the broccoli, please
Lighten your load
Tighten those abs
Aim for good posture
Find out what you can do to treat episodes of back pain—and help prevent them in the first place.
Drinking plenty of water is good for general health, and the back and spine are no exceptions. After all, your intervertebral discs are mostly made up of water. Skip the cola, though. Over time, it can lead to lower bone mass density.
Cold therapy is the go-to treatment for the first 24 to 72 hours after an episode of back pain. After that, heat is often advised. If your back pain is chronic, try alternating heat and ice to see if you may benefit from the best of both.
A lack of sleep can aggravate back pain. If your pain is keeping you awake, discuss pain relief and insomnia treatments with your doctor.
Sleeping on your back is the ideal position for your back, but if you’re more comfortable on your side, put a pillow between your knees. If you can’t get to sleep unless you sleep on your stomach, use a fairly flat pillow for your head and put another flat pillow under your abdomen or pelvis.
It’s easy to get discouraged when pain treatments don’t work, but don’t become so jaded that you dismiss a potentially helpful type of pain relief out of hand. There’s no harm in trying out a water therapy class or a mind-body approach, such as mental imagery or deep breathing exercises.
Moving around keeps the blood flowing, reducing stiffness. If you’re sitting at a desk most of the day, try to slip outside for a quick walk over your lunch break—or climb some stairs. Getting up and standing or stretching every 30 minutes or so will also help you stay more flexible.
Originally published on Spine-Health
Back pain is one of the common complaints causing us distress and is severe enough to keep us away from our day to day work. It affects the 80% of Americans at least once in their lifetime. Back pain is easily in the top 5 reasons people to visit the doctor. The sedentary lifestyle, faulty food habits, obesity are increasingly affecting the back of people and leading to some or other issues.
To find a cure for back pain, following points are very important to know.
Back pain often starts gradually and with low intensity which increases in severity over a period of time if not paid attention to treat it.
In more than 50% of cases of back pain, the major reason is faulty habits, bad posture, and obesity. All of these gives undue pressure on the vertebral column or back muscles and gives rise to back pain. In rest of the cases the accidental injury, muscle straining or sports injuries, some diseases of the musculoskeletal system produces symptoms of back pain.
The muscles of back become very stiff and spinal joints become less mobile and smoothness of the joint movement decreases due to all the above reasons. So it gives rise to back pain in that particular area.
Back pain is many times preventable with few lifestyle changes are made. Fitness exercises and weight management are directly connected to our back care.
Dramatica relief of back pain is noted following weight loss in obese patients. For those who are living sedentary life because of the tight schedules of job and family life suffers from back pain more often.
To prevent back pain it is advised to engage in some sports activity or mild exercises at least 3 times a week.
Chiropractors are widely used as the main treatment for all types of back pain. This treatment method is directly focused on muscles, ligaments, joints, bones, and connective tissues etc., which are responsible for the production of pain, so the result is quick and long lasting.
The chiropractor uses techniques by manual adjustments of the affected muscles and structures to treat the back pain. The unique method of spinal decompression therapy has been proven extremely useful in the treatment of the variety of back pain. It does not give temporary relief but permanent cure from back pain in many of the cases.
The major benefit is that by chiropractic treatment one can definitely keep oneself away from the spinal surgery to relieve back pain. It produces favorable conditions for the body tissue to heal naturally so assists in a permanent cure for back pain.
So, in short, do not ignore the early symptoms of back pain because if overlooked today it might be more distressing tomorrow. Get early help and live pain-free!