One of the most common health problems in the world today if chronic low back pain, so chances are, sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with it. Fortunately, our knowledge of what causes chronic back pain and how to treat it, is growing. Here are a few ideas that might postpone or even eliminate your chances of having to deal with what’s becoming one of the world’s most costliest maladies, back pain.
First, as we’ve pointed out in a previous blog, stop smoking. Smoking makes our pain feel more intense, and surveys have shown that people who quit find their back pain often eases. It’s not a cure, but it’s a simple step that will make your life more bearable, and is good for your health in general.
While you should stop smoking, do not stop exercising. The problem with exercising when you have back pain, is that at first, it hurts. But as you strengthen your muscles and improve your circulation, you will also reduce your pain. Check with your doctor or contact our office for more information on exercises that will help and not hurt your aching back.
Now another thing to stop doing, heavy lifting. If your job requires heavy lifting, ask if special equipment is available to help ease the strain you’re putting on your back. One of the high costs of back problems comes from lost hours at work. Your company probably already has a policy to help you with this, so ask.
Use good posture. Poor posture and slouching can put enormous strain on your back. Again, you may need to check with your workplace to make sure you have comfortable work chair that helps promote good posture while you’re working. Twenty or thirty years of putting strain on your back leads to disc problems such as herniated or degenerative discs that cause your chronic low back pain. Start young, and avoid back pain later on in life.
One other thing we reported on here is that it is not a good idea to try waiting it out to see if your pain will go away. Studies show that it does not. Stop suffering, and stop letting your situation just get worse and more difficult to treat. Of course, here at Adjust 4 Life Chiropractic Wellness Center, we recommend the DRS Protocol™. It’s pain free, drug free, and surgery free. Learn more about it here.
It’s not too late to make resolutions for 2013. To avoid chronic back pain, or to ease the pain you already are suffering, stop smoking, keep exercising, use good posture, stop heavy lifting, and get treatment. Start now, and maybe you’ll be pain free when the calendar flips over to 2014.