During Valentine’s Day, it’s great to take some time to focus on all of our loved ones – family, friends, children, back…. Wait, what was that last one? Back? Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in love with your back! Let’s face it – over time, our bodies can let us down as we get older. It seems like with age comes more and more back pain – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
This Valentine’s Day, take some time to remember why you fell in love with your back in the first place.
- it supports you
- it bends over backward for you
- it moves you
But, treated poorly, or due to wear and tear, it can cause you pain. Show your back you love with these ways to minimize the strain put on your back.
The first thing you can do for your back is exercise. If you suffer from back pain, a light workout will do wonders for your spine. It might seem counterintuitive, but exercise is a crucial step to maintaining growth and promoting healing. The stretching of muscles greatly speeds up the tissue repair process. Not to mention, maintaining a healthy weight will reduce muscle strain and drastically minimize back pain. But take it easy and consult with your doctor first.
Similarly, we’ve also found that Yoga is an amazing exercise for not only the body but also the mind. Get ready for the day by spending a few minutes stretching or doing yoga first thing in the morning. You will be surprised by how much this will help your back pain and your overall mood.
Hot and Cold Therapy
If you’re still experiencing pain after a moderate exercise, try lying down on top of a heating pad or an ice pack. Hot and Cold therapy is a great way to keep pain to a minimum. Try experimenting with both hot and cold temperatures and see which one works best for you.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. At rest, your body begins to repair strained muscles and more! If you wake up with back pain, it could very well be your sleeping position. Experiment with different sleeping positions and see which one works best for you. An effective sleeping position for people with back pain is on your side with a pillow between your knees.
See a Chiropractor
If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for a while now, it’s time to treat yourself to an appointment with a chiropractor.
The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida is committed to providing patients with a pain-free life. We specialize in completely safe, drug-free, non-surgical back and neck pain treatment. We are proud to provide patient-centered health care, which means we will work with you to develop a plan that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Let us help you fall in love with your back again!