Back Off! Simple Solutions To Help You Deal With Pain

Did you know that back pain affects around 80 percent of the adult population in the US at some point in their lives? If you’ve been struggling with pain, it’s time to start fighting back. Here are some simple solutions to help you say goodbye to pain for good.

Conditioning exercises

Many of us think of exercise as a means of shifting pounds and getting fitter, but it also can help to condition the body and reduce the risk of injury. If your muscles are strong and you’re flexible and supple, the risk of developing aches and pains will decrease. If you already suffer from back pain, be very careful about the types of exercise you choose, as some activities may not be suitable. Ask your doctor or a trainer for advice. Swimming is often recommended for those with back pain, as impact is minimal and the water supports your body weight. Exercises that are designed to improve your flexibility and strengthen and tone the muscles, such as yoga and Pilates, may also be beneficial.  

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Correcting your posture

Poor posture is the most common cause of back pain, especially in cases of work-related back pain. If you spend long periods of time sitting at a computer, your job involves lifting, or you drive long distances on a daily basis, it’s incredibly important to pay more attention to your posture. When you’re sitting down, your back should be straight, your shoulders relaxed and the monitor in line with your eyes. When you’re lifting, bend your knees and keep your spine straight. If you’re driving, adjust the seat so that you feel comfortable or use a riding back support if you have a motorcycle. Always remember to take regular breaks, stretch your legs, and avoid slouching. If you are worried about how your job is affecting your health, speak to your boss. It may be possible to change the equipment you use or find different ways of working that aren’t as labor intensive.

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Seeking medical advice

Many people assume that back pain is something that comes and goes, but if you’ve been struggling for a while or the pain is getting worse, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice. There are treatments and self-help techniques out there that could make you feel more comfortable and help to prevent further damage. Commonly used treatment methods include physical therapy, osteopathy and chiropractic and medication. In rare cases, surgery may be required, but this is usually only an option when other treatments have been unsuccessful, or there is an underlying medical cause, such as a prolapsed disc. Sometimes, if you’ve been overdoing it, for example, you’ve moved house, or you’ve had a heavy week at work, a period of rest may be sufficient to alleviate pain.

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Back pain affects millions of people all over the world. If you’re suffering, you don’t have to give in to pain. Making changes to your lifestyle, correcting your posture and seeing your doctor can all help to ease symptoms and prevent further complications. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, get in touch with your doctor now.

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