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Three Easy Ways To Beat Back Pain Today!

Fed up of having to “put up” with chronic back pain? Discouraged by all the “proven” pain management techniques that just don’t seem to work for you? Come to the miserable conclusion that you’re destined to deal with daily pain?

Many patients don’t realise this but back pain that isn’t managed properly can affect your immune system and interfere with the body’s healing process. So if you think doing nothing about your aches and niggles will leave you with only them to deal with, think again.

As experienced chiropractors, we’ve seen the effects of untreated back pain time and time again – and they’re not pretty. That’s why we’ve pulled together three of our best pain management tips that can dramatically improve your condition. And the best part is they’re incredibly easy to implement…

1. Build your transverse abdominal muscles.

Those deep abdominal muscles are your spine’s support system – the stronger they are, the stronger and healthier your back will become. You don’t even have to exercise to work your transverse abs. All you have to do to strengthen these important muscles is imagine and practise the feeling of zipping up really tight jeans. Then picture your navel travelling back towards your spine and making its way up into the centre of the rib cage. Get into the habit of practising this zipping feeling and you’ll soon reap the benefits!

2. Stretch your hip flexors.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that sitting down for prolonged periods is one of the worst things you can do for your back. But did you know just how tight your hips can become from sitting and how that can put immense stress on your back? Make sure you stand at least once every hour and stretch your hips. You can do this by pulling your heel toward your bottom, and holding it there for a few seconds at a time. While you’re in this position, try to squeeze your thighs together. And of course, remember to “zip up” your core.

3. Improve Your Posture

You’re busy typing away at your desk as you hurriedly try to finish a report. When you get home, you want to unwind in front of the TV for a few hours. Just a normal day, right? No big deal. It is if your posture isn’t up to scratch.

You may not feel any ill-effects after slouching at your desk or on the sofa for a few hours, but over time, the stress that poor posture puts on your back can lead to major anatomical changes in your spine. This can lead to problems with your muscles, discs and joints.

If you do one thing to better the health of your spine, let it be improving your posture. Sit up straight, whether you’re at work or at home and always take regular breaks away from your desk or sofa. Once you make a focused effort to improve your posture, it won’t be long before it comes naturally to you. And believe us, your back will thank you for making the change.

 

Take these tips on board for a healthier spine; it really is worth it!