Having Back Pain? See Your Chiropractor Now
Several friends and relatives of mine have been hit with back pain and the look on their faces speaks volumes. When it hurts just to sit down, or you are considering retiring early because of pack pain, this is an issue that has to be solved now.
In the cases that I saw their chiropractors were able to help them work through solutions and learn healthy new habits to prevent future injury.
Visiting Your Chiropractor
When you see your chiropractor there will be an initial spinal adjustment to evaluate the health of the spine, and a discussion of the pain, events leading up to the pain, daily activities and complete review of medical history.
The chiropractor’s goal is to help you look for ways to eliminate your back pain without medication or surgery. This may take several visits and could entail relaxation exercises, change of schedules, loss of weight, etc.
One of the options along the way might be stretching exercises. The American Chiropractic Association says stretching and an staying active may help reduce back pain and speed recovery. Stretching can also be an excellent preventive measure.
Warning Before You Begin
In all cases they recommend seeing your doctor of chiropractic before starting back pain exercises, and as you use them, start slowly and gradually increase.
ACA Exercises to Safeguard Your Back
“Lie flat on your back with both legs straight. Bend one leg at the knee and extend one leg straight up in the air. Loop a towel over the lifted foot’s arch, gently pull on the towel and push against it with your foot. Feel the stretch in the back of the thigh. Hold 30 seconds. Relax. Repeat three times for each leg. This stretch may be performed several times daily.”
“Hamstring Stretch - The piriformis muscle runs through the buttock and can cause back and leg pain. To stretch this muscle, lie on the back and cross one leg over the other; gently pull the knee toward the chest until a stretch is felt in the buttock area. Hold 30 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times. This stretch may be performed several times per day.”
“Piriformis Stretch - Lie on your stomach. Use your arms to push your upper body off the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Let your back relax and sag. Repeat. This stretch may be performed several times per day.”
If you are having back pain, do not wait, see your doctor and or your chiropractor today.