Lower back pain is a nerve-wracking experience that can result in many difficulties throughout your day, such as reduced movement, pain in your lower extremities, muscle spasms, and soreness. Back pain can also negatively affect your sleep, leading to grogginess, inadequate attention, and irritability.
Many factors contribute to back pain including smoking, a herniated disc, lack of exercise, poor diet, heredity, and for some, no known cause. It is recommended you confer with a licensed specialist before starting new treatments. This consultation will ensure you understand your spinal condition and how these methods can affect you.
The following five non-surgical techniques can reduce your pain enabling you to enjoy a good night’s rest and improved sleep.
1. Ice or Heat
Applying a cold pack or a heating pad to your lower right back pain or lower left back pain can help improve the ache. Some people use these products in alternating patterns to receive temporary relief and regulate blood flow to the area. After using these products, your relief may last a few hours, which may allow you to continue your daily activities. Your chiropractor can advise you on how to apply them best for your situation.
For intense back pain, a massage from a family member or partner may offer episodic relief, but for more extended periods of comfort, a massage performed by a licensed chiropractor is recommended. A therapeutic massage may lessen stiffness present in your back muscles, decrease overall stiffness, and improve blood flow.
Frequently, the advice for back pain is to rest, but not moving for more than one or two days can increase pain because of increased stiffness and low blood flow.
While general exercise is fantastic for your health, if you are afflicted with lower back pain, include lower back pain exercises in your daily routine. With the assistance of a licensed chiropractor, your back muscles can be stretched and strengthened using these low-impact movements.
Your chiropractor can also show you exercises to perform at home to help alleviate your lower back pain. Adding these exercises to your daily schedule will help prevent and lessen your lower back pain. When performing these exercises, go slowly and work within your limits. If any discomfort occurs while you are exercising, consult your physician to help you manage the pain.
4. Change in Lifestyle
Changing your lifestyle patterns can lessen your lower back pain, as well. Some modifications that offer relief include quitting smoking, exercising more, straightening your posture, and eating healthier.
Adding simple stretches will also promote less back pain as they lower tension in the muscles and increase mobility.
Eating a diet that heavily features anti-inflammatory foods can contribute to less back pain. Some foods under this category are salmon, beets, tuna, sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados, garlic, cherries, kale, watermelon, and carrots. Herbal, white, and green teas are also beneficial for back pain. If you need nutritional guidance, contact our office to schedule a nutritional counseling session. Our team can help you improve your overall wellness as well as help you alleviate your lower back pain so you can enjoy a more active life.
5. Spinal Manipulation
A long-standing treatment for lower back pain is spinal manipulation, which is performed by a licensed chiropractor. After making an appointment with your chiropractor, he or she will use targeted pressure to adjust your joints and muscles, allowing increased range of motion, blood flow, and tension. Chiropractic services are also suitable to prevent future suffering if an injury was the cause of your pain.
To monitor your health, you can schedule an appointment with your chiropractor continuously. Your chiropractic specialist will offer a wealth of knowledge to help you find lower back pain relief. He or she is well-versed in lifestyle changes, stretches, exercises, and other methods that can decrease your back pain.
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