Should You Rest for Your Back's Sake?
By Sara Butler
Today it is known that bed rest is not necessarily the best treatment for back pain. But this doesn’t mean that rest doesn’t play a big part in the health of your spine, healing, and overall health because it absolutely does. It is important to stay active for the health of your back, but it’s just as important to know when you need to take a load off and get some rest in order to protect your spine health. Here are a few instances when your chiropractor recommends getting some rest, not just for your back health but for your overall health, too!
You Have Recurring Aches and Pains
If you have a back pain that occurs with some regularity, it could be a sign that you’re pushing your body too hard. Whether you’re pushing your body at work or when you exercise, you need to be conscious of the signals your body is trying to send you and take a break.
If you’re pushing your body too hard when you exercise, then you may not be allowing your body enough time to recover after you work out. That’s because when you exercise, your muscles develop tiny tears in order to rebuild themselves stronger. However, they need to repair in order to come back better than they were before. If the tears don’t heal fully, then it can lead you straight to injury and pain.
Aches can also be indicative of stress. Stress can make your muscles tense up and you may not even realize how tense you are. This tension can lead to tight muscles or chronic soreness. You should apply ice to achy muscles for a couple of days, then make the switch to moist heat in order to help with muscle stiffness. Also, make sure you’re practicing proper lifting and bending techniques – after you have a good rest, that is.
You Have Trouble Sleeping
If you’re not getting enough quality sleep at night, then your body is not able to restore itself properly, both physically and mentally. Not being able to get good sleep at night can have a major impact on your health and wellness, and as crazy as it sounds it can lead you straight to back pain. You should take your inability to sleep at night as a sign that you need to mitigate your stress levels for the sake of your health.
If you need ideas for rest and relaxation, then don’t hesitate to ask your chiropractor about healthy ways you can rest your body and your mind.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.