At some point, everyone suffers from back pain. Whether it be a dodgy chair at work or an injury, no one can live with it for too long. But doctors can’t usually do much, and if they do, the side effects are usually dramatic. So how can you help yourself in this matter? Here are some back pain tips to help you out!
If you work in a chair, you probably suffer from back pain. Thankfully, in most places, offices are required to provide a comfortable chair which can support you for the duration of a shift. You just need to talk to someone at work. But what if you’re self-employed? You’ll need to get your chair! If you sit in your chair for more than 4 hours a day, it’s recommended that you use a 24-hour chair. These chairs are designed to improve posture and limit back pain by supporting you in the right places. You can find chairs like this on sites like officereality.co.uk.
These chairs can be costly, though. So you might need a cheaper option. With the invention of memory foam comes supportive seat cushions! Memory foam changes its form to match your body, and then resets perfectly when pressure is removed. This creates a supportive layer between you and the chair, reducing strain on your back. You can find cushions on sites like cushrelief.com.
Posture plays a significant part in most people’s back pain. The way you sit, stand and lie can add unneeded stress to your back. Use sites like greatist.com for guides to help you with your posture. It’s best to have people help you manage your posture. Other’s can see you better and can monitor it for you over time. Posture is something you always have to be aware of, and you need to think about it as often as you reasonably can. At least at first!
You might need therapy, physical therapy, in the form of massages! Don’t worry; you don’t need to see a shrink. Just a trip to the local spa now and then would help. Massages help to relieve stress in muscles and joints, and also contribute to improving flexibility. This will at least limit your back pain, if not get rid of it all together, for a time.
Massage is particularly good for injury related back pain. Just like stretching, massage can help to heal muscles and ligaments faster. It can also reduce pain in injured areas.
Exercise is a major component in anyone’s life, and the right exercise can help back pain dramatically. If you use light back exercises, and core building exercises you will strengthen the muscles that are strained when your sat or standing. This helps to reduce back pain and fatigue during those busy periods!
What’re Your Thoughts?
Everyone wants to ease the pain, so hopefully, this will help you. If your back pain is extreme or getting worse, see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if you injure you back, or if nothing else helps.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.