• Dr. Stuart Wellness

Preventing Back Pain From Getting Worse

If you suffer from back pain you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain affects approximately 8 in 10 persons at some point in their lives, and is the leading cause of job- related disability.

What can you do when you have back pain to prevent it from getting worse?

The answer to this question largely depends on the cause of your back pain. That being said there are a few things you can do to prevent back pain from worsening. Check out our compilation below.

Practice good posture:

Poor posture aggravates most cases of back pain. Poor posture does in fact cause back pain. Sit with your lower back supported to practice good posture. Avoid slumping and take breaks from sitting ( at least once every hour) if you happen to sit often and suffer from back pain.

Remedial Exercise:

Remedial exercise for back pain should focus on building a strong flexible core. A strong core supports good back alignment, which in most cases means less back pain. Exercise helps keep body fat down, which is important for back and total body health. If you've been given the ok to exercise from your medical practitioner, focus on a mix of strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercises, at least 3 to 5 times a week. What ever exercise you do it shouldn't be overly intense so as to aggravate your back pain.

Heat or Cold:

Hot or cold packs can quickly alleviate pain. Heat increases circulation to the local area and loosens up muscle stiffness. Cold reduces inflammation and temporarily reduces local nerve activity which can also alleviate pain. Cold tends to work better in cases where there is acute inflammation or swelling. Heat works better in cases that involve poor circulation and muscle stiffness.

Acupuncture & Massage:

Acupuncture shines when it comes to alleviating pain. The World Health Organization lists acupuncture as an effective treatment for back pain. Massage also helps alleviate back pain. Massage reduces muscle tension and can help create better balance in the back. Better balance means less pain.

See Your Doctor:

Even though you may know exactly what is happening in regards to your back pain, it is still always a good idea to get a professional opinion on what is best for your back.

Stay healthy folks!

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