Are You Inviting Back Pain?

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us just power ahead as long as we feel OK, but back pain usually gets our attention. Back pain is one of the most common complaints that chiropractors see. It can easily shut down a normal routine, or postpone all sorts of plans.

If your back is beginning to complain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out what is happening. The Joint's doctors of chiropractic are well equipped to help you find solutions and learn ways to protect your back.

Your chiropractor focuses on spinal health using a gentle, targeted spinal adjustment to correct any restrictions. You may experience far-reaching back pain relief and an overall sense of wellness.

Weekly 15-minute adjustments can be used to maintain the benefits as you take steps to keep your back healthy.

Move more and eat better – Start slowly with exercises that your doctor and chiropractor approve. Gradually build up to 30 minutes per day of physical activity. Walking, swimming or biking will boost your mood, and strengthen your back. Follow up with a diet that’s long on fruits and vegetables and short on fast food.

Do a mattress wellness check – Get rid of lumpy mattresses. Pick a medium firm one that suits you, and add down-filled pillows that are not too resilient, creating stiff angles for the neck.

Evaluate your workplace – Start with a posture check. Then make sure your chair provides good shoulder and back support, your feet are flat on the floor, and your legs are slightly higher than your hips. Keep monitors at eye level.

Stop smoking – Smoking can lead to back pain, reducing blood flow that carries nutrients and oxygen to the spine.

Review work habits – If you are working long hours, plus weekends, you may need to take a few breaks. Take an afternoon or a weekend off to relax and regroup.

Stress less – Find ways to siphon off the day’s stress, easing the mental and physical load. Activate a favorite hobby, try a new class in yoga, or learn more about mindfulness meditation.

Tote and lift less – Lighten up all of your bags and totes; only carry what you need. Use your legs to power lifts, and never twist as you lift. If a load is too heavy, get help.

Keep your back healthy. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more. The Joint is the largest provider of non-insurance, self-pay chiropractic healthcare in the nation. Choose an affordable healthcare plan that fits you, and enjoy flexible evening and weekend hours. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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