Back pain is one of the world’s most common problems, and it is estimated that more than 30 million Americans are suffering from back pain on any particular day. Not only is this pain debilitating, it’s expensive. It is estimated that in the United States alone, more than $40 billion is spent dealing with the effects of back pain. While there can be diseases and other medical reasons for back pain, there are ways to keep back pain from occurring frequently and medicine-free ways to reduce pain.
Often back pain occurs because our back muscles are weak and we haven’t been exercising enough. This also goes hand in hand with weight. When we have too much weight, our back has to work harder to support the body and this can lead to strains. So creating a consistent exercise plan and adjusting to eat a healthier diet can help eliminate back pain simply because the back won’t have to work so hard. Still, it’s hard to get out there and exercise when you are hurting and you also might be worried about further injuring your back. However, many experts say that a bit of exercise can speed up healing times by increasing circulation and loosening up muscles, so consider an easy low-impact exercise to start out.
When you have good posture, you also are less likely to experience back pain. So remember to stand up straight and hold in your stomach as you stand during the day. Fit stomach muscles help to support your back and holding the muscles in helps firm them up a bit. In addition, your work chair should support the lower back while still keeping you in a straight, upright position. Make an effort to sit as straight as possible during the day and spend a minute or two every hour walking around and doing a stretch or two. This warms up the muscles, reduces stiffness and lowers your risk of a strain.
The way you lift objects also can affect your back adversely. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s best to squat down and use your legs, arms and stomach muscles to help you lift heavy items rather than bending over and using back muscles for the job.
If you are suffering from back pain, you might be tempted to turn to pain killers to ease the discomfort. While this might be appropriate some of the time, it’s good to look for pain relief products that are free of medicines. For example the day you hurt your back, rest and apply ice to reduce swelling. Visit your chiropractor or acupuncturist for a treatment or schedule a massage. Another easy drug-free option would be to apply a physiological hybrid shape.
These special physiological hybrid shapes feature a highly unique design that protects sore muscles while allowing you freedom of movement. They are popular with athletes because they lower pain without restricting movement like a brace or tape. The design has a center area with arms reaching out from the center. The middle portion is placed on the sore area to support the muscle. The arms grab strength from the ligaments, tendons or muscles that are close by which helps you move without pain.