If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you probably try adjusting your posture, especially when sitting for long periods of time, and stretching to release the aching tension, but beyond that, you mainly try to ignore the signals your spine is sending. More and more people suffer from lower back problems every day in the U.S. as more people work from behind a desk 40 hours a week. But it is important to pay attention to even a dull ache that lingers in your spine, as it might be an indication of deeper issues and potential degeneration down the line.
At ProMedSPINE, our expert neurosurgeons see the extent of damage that daily wear and tear can have on an average adult’s spine and persistent pain is nothing to overlook. We strongly suggest getting your back examined by an experienced professional, such as Dr. Gravori and his team of experienced back doctors. However, there are a number of remedies you can put in to practice on a daily basis to improve your spine and overall health, reducing the risk of damage that may be occurring.
Simple Remedies for Lower Back Pain
Get a Good Night’s Sleep – While often easier said than done, ensuring that you get a full seven to eight hours of sleep each night is not just beneficial for easing pain in your neck or back, it can boost your immune system, give you the energy you need to get through the day comfortably, and improve your mood. If you struggle with poor sleep or insomnia, finding the solution, such as a buying a better mattress or scheduling a new bedtime in your household, could work wonders on the condition of your spine.
Work Your Core Muscles – Daily exercise has numerous benefits for your entire body, but your core muscles are crucial to protecting and supporting your spine. Without strong back and abdominal muscles, more weight and pressure is placed on your spinal column, from the spinal discs to the vertebrae, resulting in misalignment, degeneration, and even pinched nerves or herniated discs.
Release Your Natural Painkillers – An addition bonus of daily exercise is the body’s natural release of endorphins that occur when running or performing any aerobic activities. Endorphins are the body’s way of relieving pain and anxiety, while also boosting one’s mood. Other activities, such as meditation or receiving a massage can do the trick as well.
Stretch Twice a Day – Stretching your back, hips, and hamstrings at least twice a day is an excellent way to relieve tension and tightness in the lower back. Simple standing forward bends or lying on the ground with your feet up against a wall can help lengthen and relax the muscles that work so hard to keep you upright throughout the day.
Relieve Aches with Hot or Cold Therapy – For particularly achy backs, apply hot or cold to the area can relieve tension and pain, while also promoting the body’s natural healing process. Taking a hot bath or resting a hot water bottle on your lower back will stimulate blood flow and ease the tight muscles. If you back muscles feel inflamed, ice application can reduce the swelling while also numbing the pain. A combination of applying an ice pack and massaging the area is suggested.
Contact ProMedSPINE Today
If you chronic back pain or spinal instability is an issue, please do not wait to contact Dr. Gravori and the experts at ProMedSPINE in Los Angeles today at (888) 639-0188. We can conduct a thorough examination to determine the exact cause and the best treatment options available.