Category: Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: December 19, 2017
When it comes to a spinal condition and back pain, sometimes you can feel like you have no control over your health. However, this isn’t the truth, and having this mindset can actually make it less likely that you’ll be able to put back pain behind you. So today, we’re going to share five tips for taking back control of your life if you’re dealing with acute or chronic back pain.
Remember Who’s In Charge
It may seem odd to suggest that the first step in taking control of your life is to remind yourself that back pain doesn’t control you, but it is the most important step. Back pain can be just as much psychological as it is physical, so if you sit around hoping pain won’t get worse or that it will just go away, you’re doomed to repeat the cycle of pain. Remind yourself that you are in control of your life. This mindset also helps to push you to complete the next steps.
Exercise Is Your Best Friend
Back pain is best controlled with active treatments, so management techniques like exercise and targeted therapy will do wonders for your back compared to options like rest and painkillers. Exercise strengthens muscles, frees compressed structures and helps pump healthy blood to areas in your back. If normal exercise is too painful, consider aquatic exercises.
Your diet also helps to play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. Getting a range of vitamins and nutrients can help to keep spinal muscles strong, and avoiding certain junk foods can fight against the onset of spinal inflammation. A healthy diet can also help you maintain an ideal weight, which will help keep extra stress of your spinal discs.
Ditch The Unhealthy Habits
If you are truly committed to taking control of your life back from spine pain, you’re going to need to give up the poor health habits that are contributing to the problem. Give up smoking, limit your alcohol intake and be more aware of your posture throughout the day. Making minor changes to certain daily activities can go a long way in keeping back pain at bay.
Get Professional Help
Finally, always remember that it is perfectly reasonable to ask a professional for help in controlling your spine pain. Nobody needs to fight back pain alone, and we can help reduce the burden of back pain by giving you an accurate diagnosis and working with you to help you develop a comprehensive and targeted treatment plan. Seeking out a doctor’s advice doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means that you care enough about your health to do everything in your power to prevent back pain from winning.