Back pain is the bane of our very existence. It can force us to cut back on the things we really love doing for our personal satisfaction or with our family and friends.
It is said that 4 out of 5 people experience back pain, making it the most common reason for people to visit their doctors.
Back pain can come in a variety of forms from a dull ache to a sharp pain that has numerous causes. It could be the result of trauma, an accident, sprain or fracture. It can stem from a medical condition or disease such as fibromyalgia, arthritis or spinal stenosis. Back pain can also be developed due to being overweight or sedentary like when we sit on the computer most of the day.
If you don’t want to risk paralyzing yourself or become bedridden for the rest of your life, here are 6 ways you can reduce or eradicate the torment on your back, provided you follow them accurately. (See also: Get Rid Of Chronic And Back Pains Easily With These Simple Tips)
#1. Maintain a Proper Diet
According to New Jersey chiropractor Dr. Robin Lustig, maintaining good eating habits will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but also decrease unnecessary stress on your whole body.
If your diet consists of eating excessive spicy or fast food products, it could add strain to your nervous system, which would likely worsen your back problems. Instead, your diet should comprise of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, whole grains and lean meat to keep your digestive tract on good terms.
#2. Commit to Exercise
Since one of the main causes for back pain is being overweight or sedentary, it would do you a world of good to get out of your comfy chair or bed and start pushing some weights.
Dr. Lustig says that muscles are meant to move. If you’re not physically fit, you could hurt your back even if you do simple movements such as lifting your infant child from their crib.
Exercise can keep your joints fluid and also keeps your weight down, thereby reducing the stress on your back. This is because being overweight, mostly around your stomach, can aggravate your back pain.
#3. Quit Smoking
At this point in time, it is not even an option to quit smoking, but rather a compulsory act can save you from losing your life quicker than that of an average human. But if you’re an avid smoker that’s looking for a real reason to drop the joint, we’ll give you three of the most common ones; heart disease; lung and colon cancer. (See also: How Exercise Helps You To Quit Smoking)
Research indicates that smoking can exacerbate back pain problems as well. Although not much is known about how smoking affects back health, there is one possibility that in which blood vessels can be narrowed. This leads to fewer nutrients and oxygen reaching the spine, which makes it more vulnerable to injury and lowers a person’s chances to heal.
#4. Sleep Sideways
Sleeping flat with an aching back is torture, pure and simple. Instead, the better solution would be to sleep on your side. But if you’re going to sleep on your back anyways at least put a pillow under your knees and another one under your lower back.
However, it would probably be for the best if you consult with your doctor on this matter by having them properly diagnose your back pain.
Dr. Lustig says that getting sufficient sleep is pivotal for maintaining good health and if we were to exercise during the day, we can sleep on the bed with pressure relief at night.
#5. Keep Proper Posture
Dr. Lustig made an amusing anecdote that people sitting on their computers for seven or eight hours a day is keeping her in business. She says that people who slouch over their smartphones when texting and computers are exacerbating their backs.
Dr. Lustig advises to work at an ergonomically correct workstation, both at our office and at home and opt for stretching exercises to our break away from sitting extensively on computers.
#6. Reduce Stress
Whether you’re at work or at home, you need to be wary of how much stress you’re accumulating. Stress leads to muscle tension, which is a nightmare for your back. Dr. Lustig suggests countermeasures such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation, tai chi, biofeedback and guided imagery. (See also: Health Tips to Recover From a Stress Fracture)
As long as you follow the aforementioned solutions, you can keep your back pain at bay. But ignoring it will never work as we already informed you about being overweight and sedentary. All in all, there is no peace for you until you stop being stagnant and start moving around.
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