Back pain can shrink your life down to a fraction of what it once was. Unfortunately, back pain affects millions of Americans every year; practically no one escapes it. When even the most basic activities of daily life become ordeals, it can be easy to turn to painkillers in order to keep going. Life is busy, and none of us can really afford to be sidelined. The problem with turning to painkillers is that they are never meant to be more than a temporary solution. In the long run, they take a toll on your body and may actually hurt more than they help.

At Progressive Health & Rehab, a lot of what we do is to free people from painkillers, to give them the relief they need without harmful side effects. In today’s blog, we want to share some things you can do to ease and prevent back pain without turning to anti-inflammatories and other drugs. Read on!

Help Your Back Out While Avoiding Painkillers

These are some things you can do to give your back a little help. Keep in mind that they cannot replace professional chiropractic treatment and that you should avoid any activity that makes your pain worse.

Improve your core strength.

When your core is weak, your back has to work harder to keep you upright. Strengthening your entire core takes a load off of your spine, giving it an all-important chance to recover (or stay well in the first place). Activities like bodyweight exercises, lifting, and pilates can do a lot for your core, making everything easier on your spine.

Practice good posture.

Posture is important because it is the position your spine adopts for a majority of the time. It is about more than appearance; it keeps your spine aligned, protects you from muscle strain, lessens the stress on your ligaments, and helps you conserve energy. The more you practice good posture, the easier it will be to maintain it.

Enhance your flexibility.

Your spine works extremely hard, and it collects tension and stress like nothing else. Stretching is key to releasing your spine and allowing it to handle life’s twists and turns without damage. Stretch your major muscle groups carefully, being careful not to push it, and your spine will stay healthier longer.

Invest in chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to treat back pain effectively by helping to restore structure and function without introducing the risk of drugs or surgery. They are well worth the investment because they can keep painkillers out of your system and train your body to hold itself correctly, preventing further damage.

Let Us Help

The compassionate team at Progressive Health & Rehab understands how difficult living with back pain can be. We understand why people turn to painkillers, convinced there is nothing else to be done. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, make an appointment with us. Let us bring our extensive knowledge to your spine, giving it the solutions it needs to achieve relief. Contact us in Gahanna today!

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