Back pain is an increasingly common complaint, thanks to our sedentary lifestyles and hectic work schedules. Luckily, treatment options have also evolved to make this condition easier to manage. The benefits of functional neurology and chiropractic care have long been documented, but there are other treatment options as well as prevention tips that can ease back pain and help you live a more comfortable life.
People suffering from back pain turn to everything from exercise and chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, yoga and Electrical Muscle Stimulation to ease their symptoms. Some also opt for surgery, although that is usually the last resort. In more complex situations where other treatment methods have failed, Functional Neurology has been able to help correct underlying issues to reduce or eliminate back pain. Understanding your options, and how they can affect your back, can help you make informed decisions about how to treat your condition.
Posture is possibly the most important thing to focus on when it comes to prevention. There are a number of things we do on a daily basis that have the potential to affect our posture and, by extension, the condition of our backs. How you sit, stand and lift things can make a huge difference, and your body weight also plays a role. Practitioners of functional neurology and chiropractic care suggest that your spine should be in a neutral position as much as possible because that is the key to good posture.
- Sitting: Your spine should follow its natural shape from head to pelvis, with weight distributed evenly throughout the vertebrae and discs. Speak to a qualified chiropractic caregiver today, for more information on posture.
- Standing: The center of your head, spine, and hips should be in line vertically. If this is difficult for you to do, it signals an imbalance in muscle groups and joints.
- Lifting: This is one of the most common causes of back injury because good lifting technique requires patience and understanding. Use your hips and legs as much as possible, because that means your back is not being overworked. Keep your back upright and squat while picking up a heavy object.
- Body Weight: Weight gain does more than simply affect how your clothes fit you; it can put a lot of stress on your spine over a period of time that, in turn, can cause back pain. It also puts pressure on your lumbar discs, hip and knee joints.
- Movement: Being physically active is one of the best methods for preventing back pain. Find some sort of activity that inspires you. Whether it is yoga, golf, softball, martial arts, hiking, or any number of other activities, it is easier and more fun to be physically active when you enjoy the activity.