If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re certainly not alone. Back pain is among the most common reasons that anyone visits a doctor, after infections of the upper-respiratory system. Half of people who work in the United States suffer from back pain at least once during the year, and, according to experts, 80% of us are going have a problem with our back at some point in life. We’re all interested in preventing back pain, but if you already suffer from it what you need is rehabilitation and recovery from the curse of chronic pain, and particularly that back pain that interferes with your life and work. Rehabilitation from back pain disorders and other debilitating strains and injuries isn’t easy, but you can get here. Here are some tips that can help.
Try Some Yoga
Nearly 37 million American already participate in yoga to some degree, and it turns out there’s a good reason you should consider it, too. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently did a study of 313 people who were all suffering from chronic pain of the lower back. The study found that taking a weekly yoga class increased mobility more than simply seeking standard medical care.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors are experts in rehabilitation, and many of the nation’s most successful national sports teams now employ a chiropractor or spinal disorder expert of some type both to help their athletes prevent issues as well as direct their rehabilitation when injuries happen. A recent survey done of adults in America found that over 80% believed that chiropractic care can help a lot in the rehabilitation of neck pain or back pain.
Re-Design Your Workout
Your exercise regime could actually be making your back pain worse, but there are ways it can help instead of harm. If you’re spending your whole day sitting and then running to the gym and suddenly swinging around enormous weights, you’re asking too much of your back. You’re not keeping it in good shape in the first place, and then suddenly you’re telling it to endure a lot of stress. To fix this, you need to first limit your amount of sitting time. This might mean taking more walks throughout the day, getting a standing desk, or simply setting a timer to remind you to get up and do some stretches once in a while. But just as important is an exercise routine that builds up your core with exercises like the side plank, the cat-camel, and the McGill curl, all of which are known to help with lower-back rehabilitation and core strengthening.
Lower Your Stress
Stress is a key contributor to back pain, and stress will also interfere with your rehabilitation. A survey done in 2017 by Statista found that nearly 30% of adults in the United States blamed their back pain on stress, which was more than the 26% who attributed it to weak muscles and the 26% who blamed it on overwork. Reducing your stress isn’t easy, but it can start by taking charge of your diet, reducing the amount of time you spend with toxic people, setting a schedule for life and keeping too it, and reducing your alcohol intake while also taking up a new hobby of some kind. In particular, look for something you enjoy that can get you outside and away from people a couple times a week. If your hobby can be something that strengthens your body and core, like kayaking, all the better.
You can be free of back pain and rehabilitation is possible after an injury or strain. Work on your stress, take charge of your workout, take up some yoga, and seek out a skilled chiropractor who can help you move on to a healthier, pain-free life.