2019 has arrived and with it, lots of people making resolutions of one kind or another. Most resolutions involve self-improvement but what if chronic low back pain is making your life a misery? Does this mean you should just sit on the sidelines and hope for better days?
Absolutely not! Even those with low back pain can take steps towards finding relief and finding the perfect lower back pain treatment for their situation.
Start off your 2019 right by adding a few of the following 7 resolutions that can put an end to your back pain for good!
Right about now, some of you are shaking your head and rolling your eyes thinking, “I have chronic low back pain, how can I possibly exercise at all, let alone do more of it?!”
If that sounds like you, we have good news for you. You CAN do more exercise, you just need to know what type of exercise works for you.
The following is a list of terrific exercises that almost anyone can do:
Don’t do any type of exercise that makes your back pain worse. Your chiropractor can offer some very valuable advice in this area regarding exercises that will strengthen your back and core muscles.
This is the resolution everyone knows they must make but let’s be honest- it’s not easy! Some of the top lifestyle changes you can make that will cut back pain dramatically include:
Know your limits and pay close attention to the signals your body is sending you. If your back begins to ache when mowing the lawn, stop and take a break, stretch for a few minutes, then see if you can continue.
Don’t forget that your diet should also be high in calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong. This is especially important for women. A lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, which is a common problem as we age, especially for women.
Sitting is the new smoking and while a “cushy” desk job sounds nice, it isn’t very nice to your body, especially your back. Long hours spent sitting in front of a computer screen at work, then more sitting at home watching television or looking at our smart phones makes sitting a big problem for many people.
While you can limit the number of hours spent sitting at home, this isn’t always possible at work. When this happens, it’s time to sit smarter.
We weren’t kidding when we said this resolution is SO good! How to fix back pain fast? Get regular massages at your chiropractor’s office.
Studies have found that massage, especially when combined with chiropractic care, is the best way to not only relieve back pain but prevent it from returning.
Your chiropractor is the perfect place for a massage, too. The doctor will work with the massage therapist to find the right technique for your health issues and direct the therapist as to any areas that need special attention or that need special care because of an injury.
Massage has multiple health benefits and should be considered a health measure, no different than vitamins, flu shots, or dental exams, and not an expensive indulgence.
You might have been putting off seeing your local chiropractor and hoped that your pain would go away on its own but make this your must-do resolution for 2019! If you choose no other resolution from this list, this is the one to pick. Why?
Because if you want lower back pain relief, there is nothing better than chiropractic care. Systematic reviews of studies clearly show that chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment for low back pain, especially chronic low back pain.
Also, since back pain can stem from any number of reasons, it’s important that you discover the root cause of your pain. It could be something as simple as overuse and poor posture, but chronic back pain could also be from degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, or spinal stenosis. Getting the proper diagnosis is an important first step towards getting rid of back pain once and for all!
After the doctor makes a diagnosis, they will set up a treatment plan designed especially for you. Chronic back pain treatment takes different approaches since everyone is different. You will be amazed, however, at how quickly your pain begins to subside and you will wonder why you took so long to take this step towards healing!
Depending on your situation, your chiropractor might decide to use other types of physical therapy modalities to relieve pain and speed healing. Some of these might include:
Your chiropractor might also decide to incorporate a program of strengthening exercises, stretching programs, or other types of exercises designed to improve your core, back, and abdominal muscles to help support the back.
While this might sound like some new age mumbo jumbo to some, it’s hard to deny facts.
Multiple studies have found that meditation can teach you to refocus your attention away from back pain. In fact, mindfulness-based meditation can be more effective than medication when it comes to back pain.
Meditation is a form of psychotherapy that trains the mind to modify specific thoughts and behaviors, including responding to pain. One study out of Seattle, Washington, in 2016 found that not only did the group that practiced meditation have less pain, but they also reported that they also had improved range of motion.
If you are suffering from low back pain, neck pain, or other types of musculoskeletal pain, we can help. Our unique program, The Alaska Back Pain Protocol, has helped thousands of people with low back pain. Call us at Better Health Alaska Chiropractic and Rehab to see if you might be a candidate for this procedure. You can also click here to make an appointment online.
Dealing with back pain has a profound effect on your quality of life. Don’t let back pain put the brakes on your life, let one of our helpful chiropractors set you on the road to recovery!
Dr. Brent Wells has been a trusted chiropractor since moving his family from Oregon to Alaska back in 1998 and founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab – B.S. from Univ. of Nevada, Doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College, volunteer for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation, and member of the American Chiropractic Association. As a chiropractor his focus is on family, including his 3 children and wife of 20+ years, his clinics, and ongoing education.