Smart Ways to Beat Lower Back Pain
By Sandy Schroeder
Are you one of the many Americans fighting lower back pain? According to Prevention.com Americans spend at least $50 billion annually to treat lower back pain.
According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States, showing up right behind headaches.
So how do you fight lower back pain?
Yoga May Be One of Your Best Options
According to the University of Washington, yoga may be one of the best ways because it promotes deep breathing and relaxation, in addition to stretching and strength, to improve circulation and reduce stress.
As a long time yoga enthusiast I am not surprised that it handles lower back pain so well, reducing stress and improving circulation. I believe from the minute you settle onto the mat your mind and body come together working to siphon off stress and provide new strength and clarity.
Private studios and community classes are available. Be sure to let your instructor know that you are dealing with back pain, and to talk with your doctor before beginning the new exercise.
Put Your Inner Endorphins to Work
SpineHealth.com tells us how much endorphins -- hormones generated by the body -- do for the lower back as they help block pain signals from reaching your brain. Endorphins can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression; you can trigger these endorphins with meditation, aerobic exercise, or massage therapy.
Break Out of the Inadequate Sleep Circle
Spine Health also tells us about two-thirds of people with chronic back pain suffer from some type of sleep disorder. To help solve the back problem, start looking for ways to get enough restorative sleep. If you have sleep problems, you need to get the sleep problems addressed at the same time as the back problem. Seeing your doctor, your chiropractor, and any recommended specialists could encompass the pain, behavioral techniques to improve your sleep, and psychological approaches such as deep breathing.
Take A Stand Against the Pain
Prevention tells us that sitting puts 40 percent more pressure on your spine than standing. If you cannot avoid long periods of sitting, such as desk work, consider sitting at a 35-degree angle, the position assumed in a lounge chair, which can reduce the compression on the discs in the spine and alleviate pain.
Stretch Your Hamstrings Twice a Day
Prevention says one of the easiest things you can do to help alleviate lower back pain is to gently stretch your hamstrings. Tight hamstrings will stress your lower back, leading to more pain. If you have decided to try yoga to help your back, one of the basic yoga poses you will encounter is the Forward Fold, which starts with standing straight with arms up over the head, followed by bending forward with hands reaching toward feet, and then returning to standing position.
Use Routine Chiropractic Care
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you offers a wellness center staffed with licensed chiropractors who help individuals find the best natural drug-free approaches for health and wellness issues such as lower back pain. Usually, it will only take a chiropractic adjustment to provide some relief.
Not only that, but chiropractic can help improve your overall health. When the spine is functioning well, the whole body works better. The spine keeps us mobile and the central nervous system inside handles all of the needed brain-to-body communication.
Individuals who use chiropractic report better sleep, more relaxation, a sharper mental focus, improved digestion and better metabolism. So there's much more to it than just resolving lower back pain.
When you are ready to begin, stop by The Joint Chiropractic. Affordable personal healthcare packages and plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. Convenient weekend and evening hours make visits easy and walk-in visits are welcome. When you travel, there are more than 450 clinics nationwide to serve you.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Azusa, Calif.