Back pain is a daily challenge for so many Americans, and is uncomfortable and often overwhelming to deal with.
Often when we speak to patients about their back pain they have concerns about their future, will they still be independent? Will it hurt my body for the rest of my life?
These are all valid questions, and we’re here to tell you back pain doesn’t have to rule your life or ruin your plans for an independent future!
In today’s post, we’re discussing the best strategies to tackle back pain for an independent future using tactics like identifying your pain triggers and strengthening your core to protect your back for years to come.
Identify Your Pain Triggers
One of the most empowering things you can do when you suffer from back pain is to identify the things that make your back pain worse or makes it begin to hurt.
By doing this, you can help identify the reason why you have back pain. For example, if your back starts to ache when you’ve been standing for a long time, your posture could be the problem.
Understanding why the pain is there is crucial to finding effective solutions that are permanent and mean patients can manage their back pain better.
Maintain An Active Lifestyle
At Impact PT we can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining some form of active lifestyle as you move into the future to remain independent and free from back pain.
Engaging in physical activities such as walking, jogging, dancing, or even gardening can significantly reduce the risk of developing back pain while improving overall mobility and flexibility.
Staying active and in shape has a myriad of health benefits that span beyond the physical. It also boosts mental health, enhances cognitive function, and promotes emotional well-being.
Therefore, prioritizing an active lifestyle not only secures a healthy future but also ensures a happier and more fulfilling life.
Strengthen Your Core
Your core is the foundation of your back, and weak core muscles make for an unsupported back with lots of pain and the potential for a high-dependency future.
So you need to care for your core!
The muscles that make up the core are responsible for supporting your spine, improving your posture, and maintaining proper bodily function – all of which are key to managing and preventing back pain.
Some effective core strengthening exercises include planks, bridges, and bird dogs. By incorporating these exercises into your daily routine, you can increase your core strength and reduce your risk of developing back pain in the future.
So, whether you’re seeking to manage existing back pain or prevent it from happening, make a commitment to strengthening your core
Correct Your Posture
Poor posture can be the cause of back pain, so correcting your posture wherever possible is one of the best options to ensure you can become back pain-free!
A good posture is not just about standing up straight; it is about maintaining the natural curvature of the spine and distributing your weight evenly throughout your body.
This means keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, your chest lifted, and your hips tucked slightly under. When done correctly, a good posture not only reduces back pain but also improves circulation and digestion.
So, if you’re struggling with back pain, take control of your future by practicing good posture daily.
Get Restful Sleep
Getting a restful sleep is something everybody wants, but it’s even more important for those suffering from back pain. It’s during this time that our bodies have the chance to heal and recharge, and the healing process is at its strongest.
But did you know that the way you sleep can be just as important as how much sleep you get?
Certain sleeping positions are better for your back than others and can help alleviate any discomfort or pain you might be experiencing. For example, sleeping on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your legs can help keep your spine in alignment and reduce any pressure on your lower back.
So if you’re suffering from back pain, don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep and the right sleeping position.
Worried About Your Future Because of Back Pain?
Are you worried about your independence in the future as you get older and potentially lose mobility due to back pain? Well, we don’t want you to worry anymore!
Our free discovery visit means you can come into our clinic, talk to a team of expert physical therapists, have your questions answered, worries forgotten, and the root cause of your back problems addressed.
Plus, we’ve been voted the #1 choice for physical therapy in ALL of Siouxland – 2 years in a row!
So you know that you’re in the best hands when you choose to come and see us.
To find out more and arrange your free discovery visit, you can fill in our simple web form, or if you prefer to talk over the telephone you can call us at (712) 560-0460 and we’ll be happy to arrange your session.
Alternatively, we offer a Free Telephone Consultation where you can speak to a member of the team from the comfort of your own home.
Other Free Resources For People With Back Pain
If you’re not quite ready to come and see us, you could download our free back pain report where you can learn how to put an end to back pain without painkillers or risking surgery.
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