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Back pain is a physical health issue that plagues millions of people around the globe. I’m one of those people and so is my sister, my dad, my cousin, a friend of mine… well you get the picture! Having a healthy spine is so important for daily life. The continuous daily ache and discomfort that it causes not only leads to lower physical activities, but can also affect your mental state as well.
Spinal issues are so common, in fact, that back pain has been regarded as one of the top three “burdensome conditions” since 2010. Given the fact that it affects approximately 80% of people at some point during their lives, it isn’t hard to understand why it’s seen as such a debilitating issue.
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If spinal aches and pains are grinding you down, there’s several steps you can take to try to elevate that pain. Not only can they provide instant comfort, but they can help ensure you maintain a more healthy spine moving forwards.
Be Active and Get Moving
If you’re stationary for much of your day, it’s likely that back pain has already become a familiar “friend”. Because most of my business is online, much of my day is sitting in my chair while working on my computer. I’ve had to remember to stand up every 30 minutes and stretch or walk across the room. When we remain in one fixed position, it puts a lot of strain and pressure on our spine which can ultimately lead to herniated discs and disc generation. In short, poor posture and inactivity is your enemy and hurt your otherwise healthy spine. By actively taking breaks, either by altering position or walking around the office, you allow your body to stretch out. This can encouraging normal joint motion and functions.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Going hand-in-hand with increased mobility is the need to be a healthy weight. “A 2010 review published in the American Journal of Epidemiology assessed data from 95 high-quality studies and concluded that the risk of lower back pain was directly related to increases in body mass index.” from VeryWellHealth.com. The reason being is so that your joints aren’t forced to carry a greater weight than they need to.
Seek Medical Advice and Help
Sometimes a bad back just won’t go away, no matter how much you try to self medicate. It’s always best to seek professional help. When looking for a health providers advice, for some insurance providers or state run insurance you don’t have to automatically go to your GP. In fact, when it comes to back care, a chiropractor may be more suitable. Not only can they help manipulate your spine in a safe way, but they can also offer deep tissue massages and health advice which will all aid you in greater spinal mobility and comfort.
Support Your Back in Bed
We all know the power of sleep for numerous medical reasons with the spine being no exception. If you intend to keep your spine in top condition, you need to not only invest in a supportive bed, but also adapt to a more supportive sleeping position. It’s all well and good having a firm mattress under you, but if you still sleep in a position that is not best for your back it could be adding to your pain. The most important part of sleep position is to keep your spine aligned properly according to what ailment you are facing. Read about the 5 best sleeping positions for lower back pain on Healthline.com.
As we age, back pain can grow and affect us more and more. Whether it is from aging, accidents, pregnancy(me!), or being overweight, alleviating the pain can help us get through the day. After your check in with your medical professional, try out the tips above. Your back will thank you for it!