Back pain is increasingly one of the most common ailments that we get to deal with here at Massage To Wellness. This range from a simple strain or injury, stress related to chronic back conditions. Fortunately, most of the time back pain is short term and goes away after one or two massage treatments. But if you experience chronic back pain, you may benefit from making certain everyday adjustments. Here are 5 helpful tips to assist with back pain:
- Get it checked out: if back pain last more than a couple of days, best to get it checked out by a professional. For tightness, spasms and burning pain could indicate a muscle problem and can be dealt with by a massage therapist. Sharp / stabbing pain, pins and needles and numbness could indicate a pinched nerve and a chiropractor would be a better option.
- Limit bed rest: studies show that people with short-term low-back pain who rest feel more pain and have a harder time with daily tasks than those who stay active.
- Exercise & improve flexibility: Activity is often the best medicine for back pain. While important not to overdo it so the pain becomes worse, keeping the muscles stretched and active will help speed up recovery. Ensure you do exercises that support your spine.
- Stretches & posture: throughout the day, using good body posture goes a long way in warding off the onset and severity of back pain. Whether sitting or standing, one should do so with their back straight, chest out, and chin up. See our 4 easy stretches you can do at home to assist with back pain.
- Lifestyle: in most cases making small adjustments to your lifestyle will help manage and prevent back pain. For example, an office worker that spends a lot of time behind the desk may experience neck and shoulder pain. By investing in a therapeutic chair and standing up every hour to take a short walk could help prevent back pain. Whether it is stress, a bad mattress and sleeping patterns, it is important to find the cause of your discomfort to ensure the problem doesn’t return.
Of course we believe that massage is a great tool to help with back pain – we are here to assist you on your wellness journey!