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What to Do About Your Aching Back

By Stephen R. Farris

When back pain strikes it can feel devastating and literally bring us to our knees. All you want to do is seek the comfort of your bed or couch and hope that after a little while it goes away. Sometimes this helps, while other times the pain is still there. 

Usually our next step is to take medication for back pain. True, it may provide temporary relief, but eventually it comes back -- sometimes worse than what it started out at. At that point, maybe it's time to see have it checked out by your local chiropractor, such as those found at The Joint Chiropractic.

Sticking to Doctor's Orders

At The Joint Chiropractic, they'll perform an examination to determine where the back pain is originating from, then discuss treatment options. While most patients feel relief during their first visit, it's best to continue your treatment schedule to the end for the best results.

Stay Active

When you experience a flare-up with back pain, you need to continue to be active in some way. Your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can offer suggestions on which exercises are best to do throughout your treatment phase and after. You can also do other things like stretching in the mornings and before activities as well.

Breathe Deep

Practicing breathing techniques can help ease back pain. Learning to do breathing exercises help keep the lungs filled with air and help reduce inflammation in the rib joints.

Lift to Win, Not to Ache

Lifting objects the wrong way can definitely cause pain and inflammation to flare up in your back. Make sure you face objects when lifting. Bend the knees while squatting, keeping your back straight and use your legs to stand back up. Lifting at an angle brings on the chance of straining or pulling something in your back or other parts of your body.

There are plenty of other situations that can bring on back pain. Sitting for long periods of time can weaken back muscles. Injury from a car accident, while nothing may seem wrong at first, could pop up later on if not treatment. Sleeping on the wrong type of mattress can be a problem as well. When you visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic, be sure to let them know what type of things you do at work, home and play, and if you have trouble sleeping at night. They can offer suggestions to help you start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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

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