At our computerized treatment clinics, one of the most common complaints we hear is of back pain. Most adults will deal with back pain at some point in their lives, and while it may be tempting to simply ignore your pain, there are many simple things you can do to relieve your pain. Keep reading for some tips for back pain relief from your local Edmonton practitioner.

hikingKeep Moving

One of the most attractive ideas when experiencing back pain is to simply lie back and do nothing. Some years ago, a doctor may have even prescribed bed rest for back pain, but modern research says that it’s much better to keep moving as much as possible. Gentle exercise can actually relieve your back pain whereas resting your back will likely lead to worse pain and can complicate your condition.

Pick a Low-Impact Exerciseswimming

It will be easy to keep moving if you work a gentle, low-impact exercise into your routine, and the exercising itself may help to relieve your pain. You may opt for something as simple as walking or swimming or, if you’ve never tried it, you must give yoga a shot. When you use low-impact exercises to keep moving, you’ll avoid stiff or weak muscles, loss of tendon flexibility, etc.

posturePractice Good Posture

Believe it or not, you may be in pain because of poor posture, which can put pressure on certain parts of your back. For good standing posture, imagine a string that runs from the top of your head all the way down your spine, and stand so that the string is straight. For good seated posture, keep this straight back image in mind, be sure that your shoulders are relaxed, and place your feet flat on the floor.

doing-yogaWork Your Core (Yoga!)

What many people with back pain don’t realize is that they would find a lot of relief if their core abdominal muscles were stronger. All of the muscle groups in your torso work together, so if your abdominals and obliques are weak, the muscles in your lower back have to pick up the slack. Many people experience back pain relief from strengthening their core muscles.

ice-pack-squareApply Ice and Heat

We know, ice packs and heating pads aren’t the most ingenious suggestions, but there’s a reason people put bags of frozen peas on their swollen appendages and use heat to relax muscle cramps. The trickiest part of using hot or cold to treat pain is choosing which one. Most physicians will recommend ice before heat, but it depends on what gives you the most relief. Experiment until you figure out what’s ideal for you, and be sure to keep your skin protected.

chiropractor-talks-to-patientGet a Computerized Treatment

What better professional is there to trust your back to than a practitioner whose entire focus is the spine? If you suffer from back pain, a computerized treatment may be just what your back needs to find relief. Through adjustments, practitioners correct misalignments within the spine, allowing the body to function at optimal levels with the least amount of pain. Learn more about computerized treatments or schedule yours today by contacting us online.