Scheduling a consultation appointment with a chiropractor (like those at Grand Chiropractic) can often be the first step toward relieving your back pain. During this session, the chiropractor will diagnose the specific reason for your discomfort and suggest a treatment plan of several adjustments that can begin reducing your discomfort and improving your quality of life. Between appointments, you can take ownership over the situation and contribute to the healing process in a number of ways. While your chiropractor will often suggest specific exercises and activities that can help you, here are three effective ways to decrease your pain.
Make Time For Exercise
Provided it isn't too intense or doesn't generate a significant impact, cardiovascular exercise is an effective way to improve your back pain. Exercises such as swimming and walking can strengthen the muscles that aid in your posture, such as those in your core and back. When stronger, these muscles will help you hold your back in a proper position and avoid the slouching that can increase your pain. Additionally, cardio increases your heart rate to boost your blood flow, which can play an important role in the healing process. Although you should always discontinue your workout if you find that it causes pain, some mild exercise every day can be a valuable ally.
Avoid Long Periods Of Sitting
Whether in your office chair during the workday or on the couch during the evening, too much sitting in one position can lead to discomfort. While there's no magical amount of time for which you should sit before getting up, make a habit of standing up regularly. At work, stand up and walk in place while you're on the phone or take short walks around the building throughout the day. At home, get off the couch during TV commercial breaks and move around the room. Keeping active in this simple way reduces the risk of holding your back in an unhealthy position.
Be Cognizant Of Your Posture
While seated, standing and lying down, being aware of your body's position can help reduce your back pain. When you're sitting and standing, take notice of whether you're slouching or leaning forward and take steps to correct this poor posture. Slouching forward can put a strain on your back and create pain. While lying in bed, avoid positions that hold your back in an unnatural or otherwise twisted position. For example, if you enjoy lying on your side, place a pillow between your knees to avoid your top knee falling forward and putting a strain on your back.