How to Cope with Low Back Pain

Low back pain can be a minor hassle or a full-blown disability. If you are finding it difficult to walk, sleep, exercise and relax because of low back pain you are not alone. Eight out of 10 Americans will suffer from low back pain – it is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctor. In the past, low back pain could only be effectively treated with surgery or strong drugs but the situation is thankfully much different today. Here are a few ideas on how to treat your back pain and enjoy a normal, pain-free, life once again.

Exercises for Low Back Pain

Lying in bed “looking after” your back is often exactly the wrong thing to do. If you stay active you lessen the time it takes to recover from low back pain and you are less likely to be plagued with chronic back problems. Effective exercises for backs include swimming, walking, low-impact aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and core strengthening. Ask a specialist for an exercise plan suitable for your needs, and depending on your age and physical strength.

Correct Posture and Alignment

Bad posture means you are going to be plagued with back problems for years. It is difficult to pinpoint poor posture but you need to make sure you are sitting, standing, and leaning over correctly in order not to put pressure on the wrong areas of your back.

Specialist Back Pain Help

It is important to seek help sooner rather than later when you suffer from back problems. Struggling on and refusing to seek help may result in your back problem persisting for longer than it needs to. Every back is different – you may benefit from chiropractic help, or from a specialist exercise program. Get advice from a back care or pain specialist to help put you on the road to recovery.

Lifestyle Changes for Healthy Backs

If you smoke, stop – for the sake of your back as well as your overall health. The nicotine in cigarettes constricts blood vessels in the back and cuts the amount of healthy blood delivered to the area. You can also benefit from getting a good amount of sleep on a supportive mattress. If you are interested in other therapies for healthy backs, look into meditation and deep breathing which bring about a state of rest, which can do wonders for the health of your back as well as your mental outlook.

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