What to do About Morning Back Pain
By Amy Silva
If you wake up with a sore back you're not alone. There are various causes and treatment options, with some as simple as being mindful of how you exercise or sit during the day.
Causes of Morning Back Pain
Symptoms of back pain can vary from person to person depending on the cause. If there is an underlying medical condition causing your morning back pain, such as fibromyalgia or degenerative disc disease, you'll likely have other symptoms, but not always. Here are some other reasons you might wake up sore:
- How you sleep - One reason for having back pain in the morning that isn't as serious or related to your health is sleeping in an uncomfortable position
- Bed needs replaced - Having an old mattress or one that isn't best suited to your sleeping position is another culprit
- Sleeping in a different bed - There are many times people have trouble sleeping in any bed that isn't theirs, such as at a hotel while traveling, or even spending the night at a family member's house
- Exercise - If you're doing intense workouts and not using proper form it's possible it could be the cause of your back pain
How Chiropractic Can Help Back Pain
Seeing a chiropractor for morning back pain is a great option so you can be assessed and find out what may be causing your pain. A professional chiropractor has a variety of techniques, including manual manipulation, that could ease or get rid of your discomfort entirely. It's done in a safe environment and they can give you advice on things you can do to help yourself as well.
Home Treatment Options
- Exercise - Staying active can help keep back pain away
- Replace your old mattress -If your mattress was given to you or if you aren't sure of its age, it's a good idea to replace it if it's causing you to have back pain
- Pay attention to your posture - Sitting with proper posture and taking breaks to stretch throughout the day can help prevent or ease back pain
- Get out of bed slowly - Don't spring up quickly or twist when the alarm goes off, it could be enough to cause discomfort
Visiting a professional chiropractor and making a few changes at home may reduce or eliminate your morning back pain. The chiropractors at The Joint are open evenings and weekends for your convenience, and no appointment is required.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell, N.J.