While I haven’t got the exact statistics, I wouldn’t be shocked if every other person on the planet suffered from some kind of back pain at some point in their life. It is just one of those super-common agonies that we have become accustomed to – thanks a lot bad posture, bad diet, pregnancy, working conditions and just about everything else you can think of. It is why back pain was last year’s most cited debilitating condition.
I have to admit, I was tempted to delve into what it is like to live with back pain a little but quickly realized this can be summed up in one word: awful. Instead, I decided to list some of the things that can actually help you get over your chronic pain and live a life free of that dull ache.
Here are the best ways to treat back pain:
Visit Your Doc.
Before you do anything, and that includes popping a pill in your mouth, you should visit your doctor. These people are best placed to look at your condition, come up with a treatment plan, prescribe the right form of pain medication and check that it is nothing more serious than first thought, and not a symptom of something with far bigger implications.
Check in With Chiropractor.
This is one of the most celebrated means of treating a bad back. Yes, chiropractors are known to crack a back in such a way that you’ll be left feeling brand new, but they also empower you throughout the treatment. How? By telling you exactly what the issues are, educating you on them and explain why certain treatment options will be better than others. Back pain tends to worsen when ignored and, given the studies that support chiropractic treatment, this is a good route to go.
Change Of Lifestyle.
A lot of the time, as the professional will no doubt attest, overcoming back pain requires you to make certain adjustments to your life. We’re not just talking about improving your diet and doing a little more exercise, we’re talking about delving that little bit further. It is about adhering to the Alexander Technique to become more conscious of your body, how it moves and what hurts. It is about investing in a proper chair for work and a proper bed for home. It is getting yourself a foam roller to loosen up tense muscles. All of these can help you live that pain-free life you have (literally!) dreamed about.
Get Physiotherapy. Now.
The great thing about physiotherapy is, not only do you get all the support of physical therapy, but you are also given tips (aka homework) that can help you throughout each of the different stages of the healing process. It could be that they recommend massage once a week, Pilates or yoga in the morning to strengthen your core or certain stretches that will loosen up your muscles. It could be walking and wearing proper shoes. All of these tips and tricks tend to come from a physiotherapist because they become very invested in your recovery.