If you suffer from chronic back or spinal pain, even the simplest motions
and tasks can be agonizing endeavors. While every person is different
and there is no single cure for back pain, there are several things you
can do to aid your condition. The following tips can help alleviate some
of your discomfort and get you on your way towards feeling better.
1. Improve Your Posture
Slumping over your keyboard or slouching in your chair at work for extended
periods of time can contribute to your back pain. To correct this, it
is important that you sit upright with your feet flat against the floor.
If you experience lower back pain, placing a pillow between your back
and seat can help to relieve some of the pressure.
2. Get Restful Sleep
Making sure you get a sufficient amount of deep, restorative sleep is crucial
to helping relieve your back pain. Somewhat paradoxically, pain is one
of the biggest reasons for insomnia. Pack pain and lack of sleep go hand
in hand, meaning that solving one issue will likely have a positive effect
on the other. If you are sleeping on an old mattress with a large dip
where you typically lie, investing in a new mattress can help provide
better support while you sleep.
3. Hot and Cold Therapy
Regularly applying cold compresses and heating pads to your back can help
relieve your pain and facilitate the healing process. Cold therapy can
reduce inflammation and slow painful nerve impulses, while applying heat
can stimulate blood flow and inhibit the transmission of pain messages.
4. Gentle Exercises
While it was previously believed that resting was one of the best ways
to help with back pain, studies have indicated that staying still for
too long can actually be counterproductive. Not using certain muscles
can cause them to weaken over time, worsening your pain. Instead, it is
highly recommended that you engage in light exercise and stretches to
strengthen your muscles. With that being said, do not do anything strenuous
that can aggravate your condition. It is always best to consult with your
doctor before altering your exercise regimen.
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If your back pain is due to a
work-related injury or repetitive stress disorder, you may be able to file a workers’
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