Bad Backs: 5 Things You Can Do to Alleviate Back Pain
Most of us deal with back pain at some point in our lives, and it can be frustratingly stubborn. Here are some ways to help ease your back pain. It's important to keep in mind that there are many potential causes of back pain, and some treatments will work better for one cause than another. Listen to your body, and if a particular method doesn't help or makes your pain worse, stop.
Staying still will just weaken your back and make the pain worse. A low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking, will help strengthen the muscles of your core, which support the back, and encourage circulation and healing. Exercises such as planks, bridges, and bird dogs will also help your back get stronger without straining too much. A back pain expert such as Fulk Chiropractic can help you design an exercise program to heal and strengthen your back.
Ice or Heat
Both ice and heat, whether in the form of packs, patches, or sprays, can help ease pain. Ice is usually better immediately after the injury, while heat will bring more relief to nagging or chronic pain. Try both and stick with what works for you.
Review Your Sleep Habits
Are you getting enough sleep at night, or are you spending too much time in an uncomfortable couch or chair? Does your mattress give you the support you need? In some cases, it's helpful to add extra support with a pillow between or under your knees.
Try Yoga -- but Gently
Yoga stretching can help relieve pressure on painful nerves and spinal discs. Which stretch works for you will depend on the source of the pain. The cobra pose (lying on your stomach and raising your upper body) often helps with pain that radiates down into your legs. Other poses that are simple to do and can help with back pain include the child pose and the cat/cow pose.
Visit a Chiropractor
If you are struggling with back pain, you might want to consider visiting a chiropractor. They can help with those painful areas in your back by helping to realign your spine. This will help alleviate the pain over a period of time as better alignment will help ease the stress of those areas. This is especially needed if you are unable to take care of and manage the back pain yourself.
Back pain can be a struggle to get through, but with the right attitude and helpful advice, it doesn't have to take over your life. Be patient and you'll find what works for you.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Fulk Chiropractic.