Living with Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Sometimes no matter what you do, you have no choice but to live with some amount of back pain. This can make some aspects of your lifestyle challenging, but making some small changes to your everyday habits can help to ease some of your pain. If you suffer from back pain daily, here are some practical chiropractic tips to help you live life with less pain.
In Your Everyday Life
Before back pain, you probably didn’t think anything about driving your car, sleeping in your bed, or going out shopping for groceries. Now that you have back pain, it can disrupt your life to such a large extent that these things become challenging. You can minimize the disruption this pain causes by following a few of these suggestions:
- In the car – If you’re on a long car trip make sure you stop regularly to get out, walk around and stretch.
- Order things online – You can order anything you need online these days, including groceries. If carrying the heavy bags around is too much for you, consider having things delivered right to your home.
- Stretch every day – Adding simple stretches into your daily routine can make a huge difference. Discuss options for stretches with your chiropractor in order to help you retain flexibility and hopefully decrease pain.
When You’re at Work
No matter how much pain you are experiencing you may not be able to stop working, so try a few of these solutions to help you ease pain throughout your work day:
- Inform those around you – Let your boss, your human resources manager, your colleagues and your union (if you have one) know about your health issues. They may be able to offer assistance you didn’t know was available.
- Work from home – If you can, on days when the pain has flared up you should see if working from home is an option.
- Have your workstation assessed – Ergonomics in the office is important, so ask if you can have your office or work environment assessed for usability in order to keep your body healthy.
- Ask about benefits – It’s worth asking human resources if there are additional benefits you can receive due to your chronic condition.
Sitting at a desk all day can make back pain worse, so also make sure you discuss some strategies with your chiropractor that can help you work through and relieve your pain if you work at a desk. Remember that regular adjustments from your chiropractor are important to keep your health optimal and your spine aligned, and that regular exercise can help with that as well. You can live a full life and manage your back pain with the help of chiropractic.