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How to Enjoy the Year Ahead Without Back Pain

By Donna Stark

There is nothing like the fresh start you get when a new year begins. But for those who are suffering from back pain, that fresh start may not feel so fresh after all. In fact, for many, a new year signifies nothing more than another 365 days of pain ahead. If you are dealing with chronic back pain and would like to achieve a pain-free year, take a look at the following tips your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic recommend.

Focus on Improving Your Posture

Poor posture doesn't only look bad, it can also be bad for the health of your spine and back! Improper posture places excess pressure on your spine and can weaken and strain the muscles surrounding it. It's important to pay attention to your posture while you are sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping! Sit with your feet squarely on the floor and your shoulders pulled back, distribute your weight evenly and avoid slouching your shoulders while standing, and make sure your bed has a supportive mattress and that you are sleeping in a healthy position.

Keep Your Body Moving

Exercise isn't just about achieving rock-hard abs for summertime pictures. It's also about strengthening your core muscles and keeping your joints moving. Making it a point to exercise every day and to strength train a couple of times a week will help you manage and, over time, reduce the amount of pain you are dealing with in your back. Just don't overdo it in the beginning. Stick with low-impact exercises at first and continue with them until your body is ready for more challenging workouts.

Choose the Right Foods

As it turns out, there are certain foods you can eat to help ease back pain. Foods that are high in Vitamin D, calcium, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce some of the pain you are feeling. Take a look at the following types of foods you should grab on your next trip to the grocery store.

  • Dairy products
  • Ginger
  • Salmon
  • Nuts
  • Red grapes
  • Edamame
  • Cherries

Better Year Is Heading Your Way

It's time to get the fresh start you deserve. By following the tips above, you can reduce, and potentially eliminate, the back pain that has been wearing you down year after year. And if you want more ideas on how to improve the year ahead, make sure you get in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They have plenty of suggestions to share!

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

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