If you have ever experienced recurring low back pain, you know that things can be going just fine and then suddenly, you are feeling that back pain again! You might even end up stuck lying flat on your back with an ice pack, unable to move. We have heard of this scenario time and time again. There are some constant factors to be aware of and we have tips to help you beat your low back pain.
Your Pain Is A Symptom, Not The Problem
It’s important to understand that the pain you are experiencing is a symptom, and not the actual problem. Pain is an indicator that something isn’t right and is a way for your body to communicate that message. There is some level of dysfunction occurring, and the nerve fibers that transmit pain are stimulated. Pain is then transmitted throughout your nervous system. The nervous system has many jobs, and approximately 11% of it can transmit pain. Pain is usually the last sign to come about and the first to go away, so avoid using it as a sole indicator of how your body ins functioning.
Our Thoughts: Don't let pain be your motivation to take care of your spinal health. Maintaining a healthy spine is crucial to your overall health!
You’ve heard it before: consistency is key! This also holds true for reducing back pain and maintaining a healthy spine. One of the most common causes of recurring back pain is that individuals do not consistently take part in spine-supporting and healthy activities like strength training, exercise, and chiropractic care. One can’t expect to have perfectly toned muscles by exercising once a week, and the same idea applies for a healthy, pain-free, properly functioning spine. People typically know what they need to do to take care of their back, they simply don’t maintain the necessary supportive practices with consistency.
Our Thoughts: Practice spinal health routines like stretching, core strengthening, and chiropractic care with consistency.
Make Choices Based on Health, Not Desire
One of the primary factors of recurring back pain is that many people take part in activities they want to do, not those that are healthy for the spine. We encourage our patients to take part in activities they like, but as we age, those activities can become more challenging. What we did with ease at 23 might be a bit more difficult at 43, and that’s okay! Even if it isn’t the most fun, take part in healthy activities for your spine so maintain its health. If you do too many things that your body and spine don’t like, you’ll most likely end up paying the price in pain.
Our Thoughts: Take things slow and ask yourself if that activity is the healthiest thing for your body and spine. Will the aftermath be worth it?
It isn’t always easy to do what is best for your body, but we are here to help you navigate those challenges. Don’t hesitate to ask us for more spinal health tips during your next adjustment!