Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), a jaw-dropping 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time, making it the leading cause of disability. Unfortunately, most people resort to prescription drugs and medicine to mask the pain. While this may offer some initial relief, it’s usually short lived, at which point the symptoms will come back even stronger than before. So, how can you safely and effectively deal with lower back pain?
Placing a cold compress on your back may help to relieve the pain. It’s important to note that while warm/hot compresses may also relieve back pain, they tend to promote inflammation, which is why it’s recommended that you stick with an icepack. “Even though the warmth feels good because it helps cover up the pain and it does help relax the muscles, the heat actually inflames the inflammatory processes,” said E. Anne Reicherter, PhD, PT, DPT, associate professor of Physical Therapy t the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
It’s often difficult to exercise and stay active when you suffer from lower back pain, but it can actually help to relieve the pain. Staying active builds muscle while strengthening the joints and tendons. You don’t have to necessarily hit the weights everyday, but you should make it a point to perform a minimum of 30 minutes of light-to-moderate intensity exercise daily. After just one week, you should notice an improvement in your pain levels.
Of course, chiropractic treatment may also help to relieve your lower back pain. It’s not uncommon for subluxations to cause lower back pain. When certain elements of the spine become knocked out of their original position, it can place stress on the surrounding structures, which subsequently causes pain, inflammation and discomfort. A professional chiropractor can guide these elements back into their normal position, correcting subluxations and treating the pain and other adverse symptoms that present. Spinal manipulation is a quick and easy process that can make a world of difference in your pain levels.
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