Are you suffering from back pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans struggle with back pain, suffering its effects on their sleep, ability to sit, stand, walk, and do other daily activities. Back pain can be very frustrating because solutions can seem plentiful but relief remains elusive. At Progressive Health & Rehab, we understand how hopeless the search for relief can seem. Unfortunately, many people end up turning to painkillers for relief, depending on the drugs to allow them to get through daily life.
While painkillers can provide temporary relief, they aren’t meant to be a permanent solution. If you don’t think a permanent solution exists, it’s time for you to make an appointment with us. We specialize in providing back pain relief with chiropractic care. In the time between now and your appointment with us in Ohio, there are some things you can do to bolster your back. We shared a few in our last blog, and we have more today. Read on!
Help Your Back Out While Avoiding Painkillers
As we said in our last blog, only try the tips that you can do without pain; forcing yourself to do things that hurt can just make the problem worse.
Avoid becoming dependent on a back brace.
Back braces can provide comfort, giving you that little bit of support that allows you to get through the day. The problem is, it can start playing the role of your core muscles. The actual core muscles will start to weaken. As a result, your back brace will stop helping your back and start putting it at risk for strain and injury. If you are prescribed a back brace, remember that it is a temporary solution and should be discarded as soon as possible.
Employ heat and ice.
These two can be your best friends if you suffer from back pain. These days, you can get heat pads that stick to your skin and last for hours. You can also use creams with menthol for a cooling sensation. Of course, that can’t replace ice’s ability to reduce swelling.
Fine-tune your sleep situation.
You spend a lot of your life on a mattress getting sleep, so it’s worth investing in a good one and making sure you’re sleeping in a good position. The following three things can have a bad effect on your back and cause pain:
- Your pillow. You need a pillow that keeps your neck straight, allowing your spine to assume a neutral position. Find a pillow that fills the area between the bed and your ear.
- Your mattress. You need a mattress that provides uniform support that is neither too soft nor too firm. If your mattress is more than 10 years old, it’s time for a replacement.
- Your sleeping position. It’s important to not sleep on your stomach because it ruins the curve in your neck and puts a lot of pressure on your brainstem. If you like to sleep on your side, put a pillow between your knees. The best position is your back because it relieves pressure on your spine. If it hurts to sleep on your back, you can put a pillow under your knees.
Let Us Help
Turn to our elite chiropractic team in Gahanna for solutions to painkillers today!