If you have stumbled upon this article, you are probably searching for answers on how to improve your back pain.
Well, you came to the right place.
As chiropractors, let us share with you the list of advice that we always give to people when they come to the office with the same problem.
There are a number of things you definitely should do and things you should never do when your back hurts. Consider the following:
DON’T: Sleep on your stomach. It is the worst possible position when you have back pain. When you sleep like this, you put a large amount of pressure on your spine, head and neck at night. This can lead to pain during the day.
DO: Sleep on your side or on your back. Be certain that you have a good, supportive pillow. If you sleep on your side, you might want to put a very flat pillow between your knees to help align your spine.
DO: Check if your pillows or mattress is still in shape or already worn out. If yours is more than three years old, it is probably time for a new one. Your mattress will also make a big difference when it comes to back pain.
DON’T: Sit for long periods of time. The longer you sit, the more you slouch. All the slouching reverses our spine’s healthy curve and puts pressure from the discs onto the nerves causing pain. If your work requires you to sit behind a desk all day, make sure to set a reminder to get up and move at least once each hour.
DO: Fix your workstation to suit your body. There are a number of ways to make your desk job or work from home life healthier and more comfortable. You can set up your desk or chair’s height to match your eye level when using the computer. You can also consider using a chair with a backrest that supports the curve of your lower back.
DON’T: Carry or lift objects that are too heavy for you. Always ask help if you need to. If you attempt to lift something, keep your back straight, head up, and lift with your knees. Keep the object close to you, and make sure you don’t slump over to lift.
DO: Stay active and exercise. Being active can actually reduce pain and improve physical function better than having a bed rest or taking painkillers. Now we are not talking about doing intense exercises that involve jerky movements like jumping or jogging. Doing those is bad if you have back pain! Instead, what you need to do are stretches that help stabilise your core muscles. When you develop strong abdominal muscles, this can actually help you prevent back pain by making you less prone to back injuries and teaching you proper spinal alignment.
Bonus Tip: Get your spine checked by a chiropractor.
We are talking about back pain here, and that involves your spine and posture. So when it comes to correcting your back problems, chiropractors are the one to go for. They’ll take a look at your spine, find any problem spots and then correct the underlying cause of your pain. As they do so, the back pain and tension are often reduced or eliminated, and your improved spinal health will let you perform at your best.
If you or someone you know are experiencing back pain, our team wants to help you! Contact us at ph 09 4424310 or schedule an appointment today.