Chronic lower back pain can profoundly disrupt a person’s life. It can make it difficult for someone to perform ordinary everyday activities and severely affect their overall quality of life. In addition, it can indicate a serious health problem such as degenerative disc disease. While you should see a qualified physician as soon as possible to identify the underlying cause of your back pain, there are some steps you can take to relieve the pain:
Practice good posture. In many cases, back pain can be traced to poor posture. To avoid falling into bad habits, practice standing up straight and sitting properly. You should get in the habit of doing a “posture check” several times throughout the day. If you spend most of your day sitting down, take a break to stand up and stretch every 20 minutes.
Learn the proper lifting technique. Improper lifting can cause—or exacerbate—back pain, particularly if you do it frequently. Remember that your legs, not your back, should be doing most of the support work. Always keep your back straight when lifting; twisting it can lead to serious injury. Finally, never try to lift something that is too heavy for you to carry safely.
Take care of your health. Exercising will keep your muscles loose and limber and help prevent them from becoming strained. Eating a healthy diet will keep off extra pounds that could put additional pressure on your spine. Breathing exercises and yoga can help reduce stress, which can exacerbate tension in your muscles. Finally, steer clear of tobacco use—many experts believe that smoking contributes to disc degeneration.
If you’re looking for long-term relief for your lower back pain, contact the experienced back specialists at SpineOne. We offer a variety of innovative and effective non-surgical treatments for injuries and disorders of the spine. Visit our website for more information about our services, or call (303) 367-2225 to set up a consultation.