Tips To Care for Back Pain
Do you experience a lot of back pain? Have you been to many doctors and can’t find any results you wanted? Many Americans experience back pain, and many visit a chiropractor to help with their back pains. About 35% Americans are seeking relief from various causes like sports, heavy lifting or an accident. Here are some tips you can use if you are one of the many Americans that suffer from back pain.
Visit a chiropractor. Seriously, this is probably the best thing you can do for your back instead of surgery. Don’t think you need to rest in bed if your back hurts, it’s probably the worst thing you can do. Chiropractic care has hands-on treatment and other alternative treatments to get rid of the pain. Proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Sounds a lot less stressful, am I right?
Here’s some other tips you can do at home if you can’t make it to a chiropractor right away.
Remember when I said don’t rest in bed? This is still the best thing you can do, but don’t do any physical activity while in strenuous pain either. Just take it easy until you can see a chiropractor. Taking things easier, like not doing any heavy lifting, bending over, twisting or standing without support for long periods of time will help your symptoms and reduce the swelling. You can also apply some heat to the sore area. For best results use ice first for a few hours then apply heat.
When you do go to sleep in your bed, make sure to curl up in a fetal position with a pillow between your legs. This will help reduce that pain a little less when you are sleeping. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees. Keeping your legs elevated will loosen your back muscles and help them relax.
Exercises To Prevent Future Back Pain
If you already have back pain, please avoid exercises. You don’t want to make your pain any worse. To avoid any future back pain, exercise is a great way to prevent it. Through exercise you can improve your posture, strengthen your back and abdomen, lose weight, and avoid falls. If you have a smart phone, you can download thousands of exercise apps to help strategize what you can do for preventing back pain. Exercises include walking, swimming, or riding a bike. Don’t forget to stretch your body before and after your exercise to avoid your muscles being extremely sore the next day. Also drinking plenty of water will prevent soreness.
Did you know that osteoporosis is a common cause of back pain later in life? Doing exercises isn’t the only thing to help prevent this from happening; taking plenty of calcium and vitamin D will keep your bones strong. Calcium is in milk, yogurt, greens and vitamin supplements. Vitamin D is in fatty fish, egg yolks, beef liver, and cheese.
If you’re working at an office, make sure you have the right support. Good posture techniques while sitting will help prevent strenuous back pain. Choose a good quality chair that provides lower back support, arching it, helps you keep your back straight and not slouched over. Make sure your knees are higher than your hips and your feet are firmly on the ground. Move around the office if you are sitting for too long. Getting up and walking around a little will also help those muscles from getting stiff.
For more information on back pain or to schedule an appointment with Carlile Chiropractic, contact us on our website or over the phone today!