Back pain is a permanent part of life for many people, and the severity ranges from mild to excruciating. While it is true that the pain never completely dissipates for some, it is also important to note that the severity level can be managed in a variety of ways. The article below contains effective tips for dealing with back pain.
1. It’s been said before, but it bears repeating. You need to get proper sleep every night. Especially if you’ve injured your back, you will not heal if your cells are not given time to rejuvenate. Sleep, or lack thereof, has a direct effect on all aspects of your life, and you must get enough of it to remain healthy.
2. If you suffer from chronic back pain, your diet may need an overhaul. Certain foods have been proven to be helpful to back-pain sufferers, and others have been proven to cause harm. Among the foods you should indulge in are those high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna, soy, nuts, green tea and an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Olive oil is also good for you. Avoiding processed foods, most vegetable oils, trans-fats and dairy products is best when you have a bad back.
3. Practice proper posture as much as possible. That probably won’t be possible if you’ve recently injured your back, but it’s something to keep in mind going forward. Improper posture is the cause for many a back pain, and you can stave off some of that by standing up straight and not slouching as a matter of habit.
4. Always (always, always, always) lift with your knees. Most people have a tendency to bend forward from the waist to pick something up, thereby putting all the lifting strain on the back. It’s easy to throw your back out this way; in fact, it happens every day. Being careful to always lift with your knees can prevent many future injuries to your back.
5. See a doctor if needed, but be hesitant to see a chiropractor. Chiropractics is a controversial treatment. While some believe that seeing a chiropractor is beneficial, others believe that the practice is pure quackery. Still others tell stories of situations made much worse by a chiropractic session gone awry. Seeing an orthopedic surgeon instead may save you from exacerbating your condition.
6. Despite outward appearances, if you have a desk job, you have a job that is tough on every part of the body, including the back. When you’re hovered in front of a computer all day, there’s a tendency to lean forward, causing undue pressure on the lower back. Sitting for long periods of time also restricts circulation, which can affect every part of the body when not functioning properly. If you’re saddled to a cubicle, get up often and walk around and stretch. Go for a walk on your lunch hour. Also, get yourself some back support for what is probably an inadequate office chair.
Those are just some of the ways that you can manage and reduce chronic back pain. Investigate other treatments that work, and incorporate all them into your life. When you are not in constant pain, you are free to enjoy all that life has to offer.