Almost everyone in the western world suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. The simple fact is that the modern world we live in isn’t all that conducive to the way our bodies have evolved.
We’re built to be on our feet – hunting, gathering, and being on the move throughout the day. But most of us find ourselves working at a desk, behind the wheel of a vehicle or just spending too much of our free time slouched on the couch. Is it any wonder that a lot of us suffer from back pain?
Well, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your current back and spinal woes. Read on to find out how you can move some way towards feeling better, more mobile, and more comfortable with a few, simple lifestyle tweaks.
First of all, don’t be fooled into thinking that a good rest will improve your bad back. In fact, in the vast majority of cases, it will only make it worse. Not only can it increase the pain, but it will also decrease your muscle strength, meaning the problem will only escalate over time. So, instead of taking it easy, put your back to work. Try some gentle exercises and motivate yourself to be more active. Pick up the pace and try more intensive workouts as your progress. You’ll find your back is in better condition than ever before as a result.
Excess weight will put more pressure on your back and spine, thus increasing the amount of pain you are suffering. And if you are a little on the overweight side, the best thing you can do to lose a few pounds is to be more aware of what you are eating. If you are struggling to get to grips with healthy eating, try speaking to your doctor or arranging an appointment with a registered dietician – or a personal trainer.
When you have a bad back, your sleep patterns will be disrupted by a significant amount – and if you don’t get enough sleep, you will suffer from more inflammation and pain. To break free from this cycle of misery, it’s worth doing two things. First, look at experimenting with different mattresses. As pointed out over at Ted and Stacey’s Mattress Guides & Reviews, changing your mattress to something more suitable can have a substantial impact on the quality of your sleep. The second idea is to experiment with your sleeping position. You might benefit from sleeping with a pillow under your spine, for example, or beneath your legs to raise them and reduce the pressure.
Finally, don’t hold back from getting the help you need from a professional. An osteopath, chiropractor, or physical/massage therapist will work with you to help you through your problems, precisely identify your troublesome areas, and give you a plan of action to reduce the pain and inflammation you suffer. While bad backs aren’t always able to be cured, they can be managed – you just need the right knowledge from the right people. Good luck!
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