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3 Tips to Reduce Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Living with back pain can be unbearable. Unfortunately, at one point in life nearly everyone will experience some form of back pain. When this happens there are several things to consider. Although some back pain can be indicative of serious issues, research suggests the majority of back pain one experiences can be avoided. A few simple evaluations of lifestyle and choices you make can help to identify some changes you can apply to reduce your back pain.

Limit Television Time

It may seem odd (and a bit unwelcomed) that too much television can be a cause of back pain. Truth be told, all of us probably watch just a tad bit too much TV. It is not the actual TV but our posture we keep while indulging in this habit that can cause problems for the back. More often than not, when watching television we are curled up, cross-legged, or hunched forward to be “more comfortable.” These are all bad posture practices. Chiropractors recommend sitting with both feet flat on the floor, legs uncrossed, and holding your head over your shoulders to help protect the spine from pain.

Replace an old mattress

Seriously, we have all been guilty of trying to get just another year or two out of our "trusty old mattress" that seems to be broken in (finally) in all the right places. Old mattresses can be a killer on the spine as they (over time) wear out, causing the springs of the mattress to be misplaced or poke through.  It is recommended to replace a mattress that is older than eight years. Many chiropractors recommend having good spinal support while sleeping. This may be found in a mattress that is not too soft, but rather one that is slightly firm offering more support to the spine. 

Get Some Exercise

Adding exercise to your daily routine is vital, although some believe that exercise can cause back pain. When exercises are performed correctly, there shouldn't be any pain, only (perhaps) slight soreness the day after from challenging your muscles. Exercising can help to release tension in the entire body and relax even the back. If you are not already working out, add exercise slowly. There are many workouts recommended by chiropractors that are easier on the body (and especially the back), including swimming, yoga, and walking.

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