No Bones About It
Back pain is a leading cause of doctor and hospital visits across the country. 4 out of 5 people are recorded to have back pain every year. Anything that puts pressure on your back can cause pain – even emotional stress has been linked to back pain. The most common causes are muscle strains, previous injuries that were not treated, ligament damage, nerve damage and slipped discs.
Here are some things you can do to prevent minor back pain:
- Maintain good posture, especially if you are sitting for any length of time
- Keep your weight within proper limits to reduce strain on your back
- Eat a balanced diet and get lots of rest
- Strive to reduce the stress in your life. List to relaxing music
- Get regular exercise
- Sleep on a firm, supportive mattress
- Learn the correct way to lift heavy objects – bend your knees, squat, keep your back straight, use your legs to lift and stand. Get help with very heavy objects
- Wear good shoes which support your feet well
If you suffer from lower back pain, consider a chiropractic consultation. Chiropractors are licensed professionals who specialize in treating the back, spine and musculoskeletal system. Your doctor or GP will not refer you to a chiropractor; you will have to research this avenue yourself. The only thing a doctor will do is prescribe you pain killers or anti-inflammatory pills.
If you decide on chiropractic treatment, begin with a telephone interview where you can ask questions about the chiropractor’s practice and procedures.
Things you should look for when considering a chiropractor include: A conservative treatment regime, possibly including heat, ice packs, ultrasound or home exercise programs.
Avoid chiropractors who make claims about curing diseases, pressure you to sign a long-term contract or use scare tactics. There are no bones about it. Taking care of your back now will prevent problems later.