Have you been experiencing back pain? Has your doctor told you to just accept it as part of life? Do you want more from your life than passively accepting the pain? If this sounds like you, you are not alone! Many people have had pain like yours, and discovered how to manage it. You can reduce, or even eliminate your pain and start living more comfortably.
The first thing you can do is make sure that you are getting proper rest with good support. An uncomfortable bed is no place to spend a third of your life. If your mattress does not offer good support, consider purchasing a new one.
You may also want to visit a physical therapist. If your doctor orders it, your insurance will probably even pay for it. Therapists are trained to create exercise programs for all kinds of ailments. Often, they will also prescribe home exercises which you can continue even when your therapy sessions are over.
Another professional to have in your arsenal against back pain is a massage therapist. Growing in popularity, massage therapy comes in many forms and may also be covered by insurance. If not, ask your therapist if there is any discount for prepaying for a certain number of sessions. Trained therapists can perform a simple 30 minute neck massage, or a much longer deep-tissue massage. Talk to your therapist first to find out what will work best for your pain.
Chiropractors have also been able to relieve the pain of many sufferers. Chiropractic adjustments work best in conjunction with other forms of therapy. Otherwise, you may need to continue visiting them for relief.
You may be contributing to your back pain unknowingly. Poor posture is a frequent cause of back pain. If you do not sit, stand and walk with proper alignment, your entire body will suffer, including your back. Make a conscious effort to improve your posture. There are various aids on the market to help pull your shoulders back and tuck your tummy in. You can try these, or simply make it a habit to check your posture several times throughout the day. The more you practice good posture, the easier it will be to maintain.
Sitting at a desk is often a stumbling block for people trying to develop good posture habits. Your back should be straight, and your feet slightly elevated. Your keyboard, mouse and telephone should all be easy to use. If any of your muscles are overstretched in any way, you will experience difficulties. There are a number of diagrams available online that illustrate the best arrangement for your desk.
You need to also be careful when lifting. Your back should be straight, and you should lift with your leg muscles. If an item is too heavy for you to lift this way, get someone else to help you. Getting something done quickly is not worth a week or more of pain.
These are just some of the things you can do to take control of your back pain. Tell your pain goodbye as you carry out them into your life.