Back and neck pain are some of the most common complaints we hear from people of all ages, and the discomfort can really interfere with your day-to-day activities. If you’ve ever suffered from acute or chronic back or neck pain, consider implementing the following small changes into your lifestyle.
Be More Active
Aerobic exercise is such an essential part of maintaining your overall health. Regularly active people have less back and neck pain than individuals who live a more sedentary lifestyle. If you’re starting fresh, be sure to talk to your chiropractor or doctor first to make sure you’re healthy enough to work out. Then, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and frequency.
Improve Your Posture
Whether you’re standing, sitting, sleeping, or working at a desk, your posture matters. Many back and neck conditions stem from the continuous strain that comes from a poorly supported spine. Always try to keep your spine in a “neutral” position. To minimize upper back and neck pain while sleeping, avoid thick or multiple pillows, and avoid sleeping on your stomach. For advice on setting up an ergonomic workstation, download this infographic
Stress causes you to tense your muscles, and constant tension of this kind can cause back pain. Any activity that helps you reduce stress will help to prevent back pain. Some activities may include yoga, meditation, deep breathing, tai chi and guided imagery.
10-15 minutes of stretching each day can have a significant impact on how your body feels and functions. Try this simple Bruegger Relief stretch that can be performed just about anywhere.
Visit A Chiropractor
Just like visiting the dentist is beneficial for your teeth, the same goes for seeing a spinal expert. If you have back or neck pain, call us for a check-up. We can define the root cause of the problem and help you get back to a more comfortable life.