Regardless of your age or exercise routine, you may be surprised to learn how certain stretches for back pain can positively affect your day-to-day life. The benefits of stretching are unbelievable, which is why many physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists advise patients to incorporate stretching into their daily schedule. This is also why considering a weekly yoga, pilates, or water aerobics class can improve your physical health considerably. Consistently stretching your neck, shoulders, back, and hips will undoubtedly show an increase in your mobility and pain relief. If you’re not sure what stretches to start with, here are five of our favorite stretches for back pain: Read more
Have you ever considered using turmeric for pain relief? Wondering how to use turmeric for optimal effect? For the vast majority of ailments, from osteoarthritis to muscle injuries, reducing inflammation is a primary strategy for reducing pain. Inflammation is the result of the body’s immune response — either in response to an infection or injury or as a malfunction of the immune system (autoimmune disorder).
Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs and medications, a number of other strategies exist to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce pain. Ingesting certain foods and spices with known anti-inflammatory properties is one of the easiest ways to proactively manage pain to help supplement other medical treatment options. Read more
Back injuries are so common that the majority of people will suffer from one at some point (or multiple points) in their life. This is due to a number of reasons that we will explore in this article. Luckily, the number of back injury treatment options out there today are almost as numerous. Read more
One of the most common pain conditions that people experience at night is not knowing the best sleep positions for back pain. It’s estimated that 80% of adults suffer from back pain, and that percentage gradually increases each year for a multitude of reasons. One of these reasons is because most people are unaware that their sleeping habits affect their physical health. Your positioning, mattress firmness, or lack of sleep may be the cause of your discomfort at night. Here is our advice on how to prepare for a painless, good night’s sleep the proper way: Read more
If you have back pain, life can come at you fast. You have to concentrate physical and mental energy regardless of what task you are trying to perform. However, there are simple things we recommend you do in order to lessen the impact that back pain has on your life. Whether you are an active runner, just on your feet a lot of the time, or in a suit throughout the day, picking the correct shoes for the task is very important. Read more
While it seems you cannot turn on the TV or open a health magazine without hearing about all of the health issues that desk jobs are contributing to, many people forget that working on your feet carries its own set of health hazards as well. Working on your feet all day can be exhausting. From retail to nurses, construction workers to police, there are many occupations that have require workers to spend a lot of time on their feet. In fact, about half of all workers in the world spend approximately 75 percent of their workday standing. And all of those hours on your feet can take their toll on your body. As well as pain in the feet and legs, spending that much time on your feet commonly contributes to lower back pain. Here, we address tips to relieve lower back pain when you are unable to avoid physically taxing work. Read more
Maybe you have a big report that is almost due or you are saving up your PTO for that family vacation you are taking later in the summer … Whatever the reason, for people who cannot afford to take a day off, getting a migraine at work can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, we have very little control over when a migraine will develop. And millions of hours of productivity are lost to migraines at work every year. So what’s a migraine sufferer to do? Follow these simple tips to help you get through your day at work with a migraine. Read more
If you suffer from both chronic pain and depression, it should come as no surprise to you that the two are often linked with each other. Those who are currently injured, impaired, or dealing with chronic pain are probably not shocked to hear this piece of information. The connection between physical and mental health is a thinly drawn line and both can persist for an abnormally long time if you don’t try to manage it properly. Of course, each person’s experience is different and therefore require specific treatments that best suit their pain. The first step to addressing your stress and pain is learning how they relate and affect each other. Read more
Chronic pain is complicated. In terms of research and treatment, the topic of pain is pursued by many disciplines, including psychologists. Even more confounding is the way that psychological and physiological factors seem to feed into one another, contributing further to the pain’s chronicity. When people injure themselves, they have an accompanying emotional response to the pain. Alternatively, anyone who has ever suffered a severe loss of disappointment will be familiar with the physical pain felt in response to the emotional event. While huge strides are being made in an effort to better understand and treat chronic pain, the complexity and confounding variables of chronic pain still make it difficult to treat. Read more
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know all too well the difficulties that come along with trying to manage the condition. Depending on the type and severity of your back pain, there are certain exercises you can do at home to stretch your spine and to increase strength. However, due to the sometimes-complicated nature of back pain, it is important that you carefully pursue exercise regimens and consult with a licensed medical professional. Participating in the wrong exercises or overdoing it are surefire recipes for aggravating back pain rather than relieving back pain. That being said, here are some back pain relief exercises that will be safe for most people suffering from general back pain. Read more
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