Living with back pain can be difficult, especially if you deal with it all day as you go through your regular routine. It’s there when you wake up, it persists as you sit at your desk, and it’s still with you when you go to bed. You’ve tried certain treatments and may take daily medication to prevent and ease your pain, but it never truly goes away. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we want to help you find a permanent solution to your pain, whether that’s through another treatment modality, surgery, or regenerative therapy. In this post, we’ll look at a few methods you can try to ease your pain between visits to our clinic.
On the Floor
Many people find that lying flat on the floor can help with back pain. The hard surface of the floor can help straighten your spine, and can be very beneficial, especially if you’ve been sitting in a chair for an extended period of time. Your posture may not be the best, and sitting hunched over is not doing any favors for your back.
Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, and then tighten your abdomen muscles while simultaneously flattening your back. This can help strengthen your core, which can do wonders for your back. You can also try this move (often called abdominal bracing) with your legs flat on the floor.
On Your Feet
If getting up and down from the floor is challenging for you due to age or a certain condition, there are ways to help your back while remaining on your feet. The easiest one is to simply walk for a few minutes. If you’ve been inactive all day and your back pain seems to be getting worse, get up and walk around. You don’t have to go for miles and miles, but a brisk five-minute walk can get your muscles warmed up and help your spine get some movement.
If you don’t have time to walk, stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips and bend your knees just a bit. Place your hands on your lower back, with your fingers pointed towards your pockets. Once you’ve done that, gently arch your back, neck, and head backward, making your hips move forward. If you don’t want to look at the sky or the ceiling, you can keep your head still while stretching everything else. Do this slowly, and make sure you only move as much as you can while still remaining comfortable.
Any stretch or exercise you do to help with back pain should first be covered with your doctor or specialist to ensure that it won’t do more harm than good. The examples mentioned above could be beneficial for you, but it’s important to speak with a doctor before you start any exercises that target your back or neck. Our staff is more than happy to speak with you about the advantages and disadvantages of certain movements and activities, and we’ll help you understand what the best approach will be for your specific situation.
If you’re tired of living with chronic back pain, make an appointment with CSI in Loveland today. We’ll schedule a time that works for you, and during your initial visit, we’ll discuss your condition, your medical history, and what treatment possibilities you have. Above all, we want you to leave feeling satisfied and confident that you made the right choice in placing your care in our hands.
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