Four Ways to Prevent and Treat Back Pain

Suffering from a constant bad back? The culprit, more than likely, may be your bad habits. Back pain is one of the most common problems in America, affecting about 80-90 percent of people at some one point or another in their lives.  It is also one of the easiest conditions to avoid. Back pain is usually associated with muscle spasms that can be set off by a number of things such as poor posture or sudden repetitive motion. That constant tension is what leads to pain. If you find yourself constantly pulling the same muscles over and over, that may be indicative of a problem with your vertebrae pinching nerves that communicate with them. A massage therapist can help to work out many of these aches and pains.  To prevent this kind of pain in the future, read these tips. 

Check your posture.

Watch your posture and change your bad habits. Constantly slumping over or slouching are habits that will lead to back pain and strain. Invest in a good chair if you sit a lot for work, and work on core strength to help you stand straighter and stronger. 

Get balanced!

Take up a yoga or stretch class: once a week will do, more if you can find the time. Not only will you be getting stronger physically and relieving chronic pain, but you’ll also be training your mind and balancing your spirit!

Hot and cold!

Start by applying an ice-pack for five minutes and then remove it for five. Repeat the process for up to half an hour. This works because the cycle of cooling will trick your system into increasing blood flow to the painful muscle. The next day, use a heating towel or a hot pad to help ease any residual tightness.

Keep it moving.

A cramped, pulled or sore muscle will definitely need some time to recover, but be careful to not rest for too long. Being completely inactive for a long period of time may see the muscle begin to atrophy, which would make you weaker, and thus more prone to injury.  

One of the best ways to work out some serious back pain is by visiting a massage therapist. They will work with you to identify painful spots that need relieving.  

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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