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Don't Let Inflammatory Back Pain Best You

By Stephen R. Farris

Inflammatory back pain is something a lot of us live with. Our first line of defense should be to visit our local chiropractor so they can examine you and find out where and what is causing the pain. They can discuss treatment options and start making adjustments in order to help relieve the pain. Your local chiropractor may suggest doing some exercises at home between treatment sessions to help you get stronger and heal quicker too.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to help manage your inflammatory back pain.

Stretching is Good, Done the Right Way

Stretching is good for inflammatory back pain sufferers, but there are right stretches to help ease the pain and some that can actually make the condition worse. Low-impact exercising can be good for your condition.

Breathing Exercises

If you experience inflammatory pain near your rib cage, deep breathing exercises can help reduce the pain. Plus it's good to help maintain lung capacity.

Proper Lifting

A lot of back injuries come from improper lifting. We take it for granted that we can lift objects at an angle or on uneven, or unstable surfaces. This puts our back out of proper alignment and the result when pain hits, can be excruciating. Always face the object you're lifting square on. Squat down with your knees slightly bent and lift using your legs, not your back.

The Commute

On average, we spend a few hours each day driving to and from work. This can be tough on folks with back pain. Sitting and driving for long periods can worsen the pain. So it's important when taking long trips to stop occasionally for a break. Get out, stretch your legs, walk around for a bit and then proceed. 

Change Your Sleep Style

Most people complain of back pain when they get up in the mornings. It's usually because they're sleeping on a mattress that is not designed for their body type, or sleeping in the wrong position. It may be time to check out a new mattress that will provide the right pressure points for your back in order to reduce the pain or make it go away. Changing up your sleep position can help as well. You can even use pillows placed between the knees or lower back to help keep pressure off your spine.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Azusa, Calif.

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