4 Ways to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

If lower back pain is giving you problems, here are four ways to seek relief.  Low-back pain is one of the top reasons that Americans see their doctors.

  1. Exercise! Before rolling your eyes that a gym is suggesting you get more exercise, consider how much exercise you were getting when your back issue started.  Most people have issues that started with a single event where we lifted more than we could handle and then twisted or awkwardly arched our back during the movement.  Regular physical activity eases muscle inflammation and tension.
  2. Lose weight!  Extra weight, especially around our stomach, worsens back pain because it shifts our center of gravity forward. This shift puts pressure on our low backs.
  3. Stop smoking!  Smoking restricts the flow of nutrient-rich blood to the spine.
  4. Sleep on your back!  Sleeping on your stomach may help with snoring, but there are many downsides to sleeping in this position. It flattens the natural curve of your spine.  Plus sleeping with your head to one side can cause neck strain.

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