Do you feel like there’s a knife in your back due to stabbing pains in your spine? Is it hard to sit or stand and you can’t seem to find a comfortable way to get to sleep? Back pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors hear about. Mine will burn like it is on fire too! I’ve included some tips for easing back pain.
Sometimes you know the reason for the back pain – a simple straining lifting something heavy, an injury due to playing sports, an auto accident or maybe even a work related injury. Other times you have no idea what you did or didn’t do to ignite the pain. Sometimes it’s just because you have a chronic pain condition.
When the back muscles are overused or wrongly used, you can feel pain for a few days and then you might notice an improvement. If the back pain doesn’t go away after a few days with rest and over the counter pain relievers, then you need to seek medical help. You may have a more serious problem that can result in chronic pain. I do want to mention that my mom and I use CBD to help reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces pain. CBD is natural and is legal in all states.
Back pain may also be a warning sign that you need to change your ways. Don’t bend over and pick up your child or a heavy object without first bending your knees, and then lifting. I think a lot of moms get back pain from holding a kid on our hip as well.
I know I am guilty of improper lifting. Improper lifting is a leading cause of back pain and disc damage. Your body may also be trying to tell you to sit up straight and stop slouching in your desk chair at work. Another message from back pain is that your mattress is too soft or too hard to promote comfortable sleep.
If the mattress is too hard, you can add a down-filled or egg crate-cushioned top to the mattress. A too soft mattress probably needs to be replaced also if it doesn’t support your back. We have a Memory Foam Mattress Topper on our very old mattress. It has made a great difference!
When back pain strikes, you need to limit strenuous activities and get extra rest. You might try an ice pack or heating pad, depending on which provides the most pain relief. You may want to ditch your high heels too! Those stiletto heels that are practically a business builder for neurosurgeons when you consider how much damage long term wear will do to some women. I mean really…how could that possibly be comfortable?
Choose to sit in a chair with a firm, straight back. Stay away from over-stuffed chairs or sofas that you sink into. My Chiropractor has Easy Posture Lumbar Back Support Mesh supports in the chairs in the waiting room. I need to invest in one of those for my home office. In your car, set your seat straight and move slightly closer to the steering wheel. You want to keep your knees bent to reduce the strain on your back muscles as you drive, particularly if you regularly drive long distances. If you’re driving a lot during the day, pull over to a safe location and get out to stretch.
When you’re sitting at your desk, get up frequently for stretch and movement breaks. Walking is a fantastic exercise for back problems. It’s much safer than running because at least one foot is in contact with the ground and there’s no strain on the knees from pounding the pavement as occurs with running.
If you have to stand for long periods or even long enough to do the ironing, place a short stool beside you. Alternately place one foot and then the other on the stool. Keep your back straight. This is one way to reduce the negative impact of standing. Back pain makes you rethink how you do things and find ways to adapt that both reduces pain and prevents further damage.
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