If your back aches at the end of most days, this is a pretty clear sign that something isn’t quite right. Whether your pain is consistent or intermittent, you shouldn’t have to rely on medication to find relief — particularly since this just masks the symptoms rather than encouraging healing. Rather than rely on medication or invasive healing techniques, try these tips to find back pain relief and improve your spine’s health.
Support Your Spine While Sleeping
If your spine and back don’t have a chance to relax and rejuvenate at night, it’s going to be harder for and injuries to heal. It can also maintain or exacerbate any muscle or joint issues you experience during the day. Step one to improving back health should be to make sure your back can rest at night, just like the rest of your body. The way you sleep will dictate what support is needed, so check with your local chiropractor for specifics.
Build Ab And Back Strength
It seems logical that your back muscles support your spine, but did you know your abdominal muscles also play a big role? One way to improve your back health overall is to focus on building up the muscles that support your back. Add some ab- and back-targeting exercises to your fitness routine. Of course, this will only help if done consistently, so be sure you find exercises you can and will do.
Swap Your Shoes
Your feet and legs do a lot to support your hips and spine, so it makes sense that if your feet aren’t getting the support they need, the effects can ripple up and affect your back. If you’re looking for ways to support your back, start with a better foundation. Find shoes that are snug enough to stay on without uncomfortable squeezing. Also look for options with arch support or supportive insoles as needed.
Check Your Desk Ergonomics
For those who sit all day, working at a desk may be the main cause of your back pain. Unless your desk, chair, and computer monitors are all at appropriate heights for your specific measurements, working could be hindering your back’s health. See your local chiropractor for more information on how to set up your desk ergonomically and modifications you can use if you can’t change your desk height. Some chiropractic teams will even come to your office to help you adjust everything.
Workout In Water
Many exercise options are hard on the joints — even walking! If you’re looking for ways to build up your strength (including those ab and back muscles we mentioned above), water-based workouts are a great way to do so. Then, once you’re done, relax in a hot tub to help your muscles relax.
Choose Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors are, by definition, spine specialists. If you experience recurring back pain, chiropractic care can help ensure your spine and joints are all aligned properly. We can also help back injuries heal without invasive techniques, then help build strength for ongoing pain relief.
If you’re experiencing back pain in the Bakersfield area, contact Core Chiropractic + Wellness to schedule your chiropractic consultation today.