Back pain can cause discouragement and frustration. You may decide to just wait it out, hoping it will get better. This article will give you some tips on how to take control and give your back the care it needs. You can take measures that will relieve your back pain over time. Rather than sinking into a feeling of hopelessness, you can find the causes of your back pain and work towards a cure.
First you will want to get a specific diagnosis from your physician. There are many causes and types of back pain. The most serious types may need surgery. But many people’s back pain can be relieved through prescribed exercises and stretching.
You may want to keep a journal as to when you experience the worst pain. If it comes after sitting in a certain chair, you need to either improve that chair’s back support or get rid of it. Do you have back pain when you get up in the morning and have trouble sleeping? A soft mattress, or one that is old and no longer gives firm support, can be a cause of your back pain. It is easy to buy a new mattress, but not a new back!
Once you know the causes of your back pain, you can take corrective measures. Once your chairs and mattress are giving your back good support, you can get advice from a physical therapist on how to improve your posture. Both walking and sitting, you want to keep an upright posture that protects your back from the pressures that come from misalignment. This will mean changing your habits. It will take work. But it is one of the keys to relief.
Another cause of back pain is being overweight. Those extra pounds you have put on in your midsection cause your back to carry extra weight and get bent out of shape. Losing weight and firming up the muscles in your midsection will help relieve your back pain.
The right stretching exercises can relieve the compression in your spine and bring blessed relief. A misaligned spine will squash sections together, causing pressure on a nerve. The discs made of cartilage provide protection against pressure and allow flexibility in the spine. But continuous pressure due to misalignment will damage these discs as we age. This is most often the cause of severe back pain. A disc that slips out of place is no longer providing protection, and since the major nerves run along the spine, the result is often a pinched nerve. An osteopath or chiropractor can bring your spine back into alignment. But you need to keep it that way through good posture, exercise and stretching.
Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to taking control of back pain through making the necessary improvements. Exercises and stretching work gradually to relieve your pain. But stick with them and you will get good results. Pain medications give short-term relief but cannot correct the causes that brought on your lower back pain. You can, by your own efforts, bring long term relief through the kind of measures described above.