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What You Should Know About Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Your spine is a true masterpiece. It provides power and flexibility to your body, all while holding you in an upright position so you can go about your day. With all that work to do, it should come as no surprise that from time to time the spine runs into a few roadblocks. But have no fear! Here are a few of the more important things you need to know about your spine in order to keep it healthy.

Stretching Does a Body Good

If you can take time out of your day to do some gentle stretches before you go to bed at night and throughout the day, it can help to alleviate pain in the morning as well as stay loose and limber throughout the day. Make sure to include stretches that elongate your back and legs to help ward off lower back pain. Remember that no stretch should ever cause discomfort, so stop immediately if you ever experience that.

If you are experiencing low back pain, don’t underestimate the importance of stretching your hamstrings. Tight hamstrings can lead to low back pain by tilting your pelvis, which then increases the stress to your lower back. Don’t neglect those hammies!

Utilize Your Natural Painkiller

Your body has a built-in painkiller – it’s your endorphins! These natural hormones produced by your own body are as powerful as anything your medical doctor could prescribe, so make sure you take advantage of them if you’re dealing with aches and pains. Endorphins also work to help you to fight against anxiety and depression, two conditions that can make any back pain you’re experiencing worse. To help stimulate the release of endorphins you can visit your chiropractor, get a massage, meditate, or even exercise.

Sleep More

There is a link between inadequate sleep and chronic pain. If you’re in constant pain, then it can be difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. Plus, it can make the quality of sleep you’re getting worse – and it’s a vicious cycle. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, try to see if you can make small changes to your bedtime routine to help. Also, check to make sure your mattress is providing enough support and isn’t too old. You should look to replace your mattress every 10 years or so.

If you have questions about other ways in which to keep your back healthy, then talk to your chiropractor at The Joint!

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

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