It does not require constant lifting of heavy objects or dragging things around to bring on symptoms of serious back pain. Even something as small in life as the chair you sit in or the mattress you sleep on, can do damage. That is why you should “pain-proof” your house for any changeable items that are known to cause back pain later in life.
Apply topical pain relievers to help relieve back pain. Various creams, oils, gels and medicated patches are available that can be applied to the area of the back that hurts in order to offer pain relief. Many can be found over the counter, but some can only be obtained from a medical practitioner or by prescription.
Make sure you’re getting enough exercise. Exercise is essential to keeping the muscles in your back and your abs strong and healthy. If your muscles are too weak, you’ll be putting a lot more stress on your bones. Stronger muscles help take some of that stress for themselves and save the bones.
Avoid slouching, even if performing common household chores like vacuuming. If you bend over constantly while vacuuming trying to push and reach forward, then you are going to cause back pain. Stand as straight as possible and push your vacuum with the legs instead of the back.
You should be diligent about lifting things correctly, even when you are lifting or nursing your children. Many parents injure their backs when rough housing with their children. Likewise, many new mothers strain their backs while nursing. Pain from these injuries is easily avoided by lifting your children from your knees and by holding them closer to your body.
Back pains try replacing your shoes. If your shoes are worn out, too big or too small, have no padding or arch support that could be your problem. Footwear affects your spinal placement causing you to have back pain. Replacing your old footwear could save you from having back pain.
It is important that you do not sleep in the same position each night if you suffer from back pain. By sleeping in the same position all night, you are allowing your spine to stiffen up which can cause back pain. Be sure that you replace your mattress and pillow regularly.
If you have back pain and have the money for it, consider paying for a visit to the chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained in many different ways to help minimize pain in your body and many specialize in back pain. If it works out financially, a trip to the chiropractor might just cure what ails your back.
Men that suffer with back pain, should discontinue carrying a wallet in their hip pocket. Try putting the wallet in a front pocket instead, or at least remove it from your back pocket when sitting for long periods of time. A wallet, especially a thick one, can cause a lot of back pain. It can throw the hips out of alignment also.
Many women and some men who frequently cross their legs, deal with back pain and cannot understand why. Crossing and/or locking your legs is a very unnatural position for your back, so try to avoid crossing legs to prevent back pain. Allow your legs to stay in front of you naturally to ease muscle strain and to keep proper alignment.
For men, a simple way to reduce back pain is to get that wallet out of your back pocket! If you are like most men, that back pocket was just meant for your wallet, no matter how chock-filled of credit cards, receipts and money it may be. The problem is that wallet can be the cause of a lot of back pain as it changes your posture and stresses your back. Move your wallet to a front pocket, and you’ll see a big difference.
While you may not be able to reach in every corner and pull out every little thing that has a negative effect, you can get rid of some of the things that have the biggest impact and that will greatly increase your chances of protection. Remain positive and remember what was discussed in this article, for the spring cleaning that you do in your home.