Unfortunately, however, most treatment for back pain is directed towards resolving symptoms. While this approach can be helpful in resolving pain, the log term benefits are not that great. This means that, while you might be able to curb your symptoms some today, there’s a really good chance the symnptoms will return.
Here are some simple, everyday healthy living things you can do to relieve back pain and feel better throughout the day.
Back Pain Remedies
Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, and author of “Cure Back Pain with Yoga”, suggests a few tips for healthy living and back pain relief.
Use Chairs Correctly
Depending on how you sit in them, many different types of chairs are good for people whose backs ache. Obviously it’s better not to slouch, slip down or lean to one side, even if you feel it relieves the pain.
An upholstered chair with a seat cushion that evenly distributes your weight can help those who may have a herniated disc, piriformis syndrome (pain in the butt) and all types of bursitis. Pressure is minimized in problem areas and the whole body has support. Un-upholstered straight-backed chairs can also bring relief because less support and a flat seat produce improved posture and better self-monitoring of weight distribution, and they let the ischial bones (the “sitting bones”) protect the large nerves that travel through the buttocks. Make sure your office chair is adjustable.
Sleep on a Proper Mattress
If you feel you’re “sleeping wrong,” or if you’re stiff and achy when you get up in the morning, the problem is probably musculoskeletal and relatively easy to deal with. I recommend doing a few forward bends and whole-body stretches before going to bed for the night. If that doesn’t help, a harder mattress or futon might be the answer. A mattress that is neither too soft nor too hard prevents the body from arching or sinking and preserves good standing posture when you’re lying down. Some people swear by Tempur-Pedic and memory foam. Studies have not found convincing evidence for recommending any specific type of mattress for the prevention of low back pain, but a medium-hard mattress may be better than a hard one. One thing is for sure: replace a mattress that is more than 10 years old.
Wear Proper Shoes
Is it obvious to point out that shoes are our foundation, and that we also use them as cushions and levers when we walk? Ill-fitting shoes influence posture, just as foot abnormalities do, and often cause back ache. Change your shoes often so that you don’t overuse foot gear that may be doing you harm.
High-heeled shoes bring weight forward, arching backs and causing pain. Narrow toes keep the body weight back. Getting high-heeled shoes with narrow toes can cause problems, as the combination will almost certainly create painful contortions when you stand and walk. Shoes with a roomy toe box and a platform may be a bit of a compromise.
As for men, shoes must fit well. If they’re a little small, it can affect hamstrings by making them tight and negatively influencing the movement of the hips.
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