Are you one of hundreds if not thousands of people that suffer from generalized back pain every day? Do you wake up in the morning sore? Does the pain drag on with you as the day progresses, flourishing in intensity with each passing hour instead of dwindling away? Well, you are not alone. It has been estimated that about 8 out of 10 people have suffered with back pain at one point in their lives. There are countless solutions to choose from, with the first step being, logically, to go see your doctor. Doing so can help you find out what is the source of your back pain. After seeing your doctor, he/she should be able to give you a referral to see a specialist that deals with back pain, known as a chiropractor. Before you visit your chiropractor, you should be aware that a visit to the chiropractor is not recognized entirely by health plans and hospitals, so you may end up paying out of pocket. However, they (chiropractors) are becoming recognized more as compared to the past, so it would be a wise idea to go for that visit. Only the chiropractor can properly diagnose the source of pain and formulate a detailed course of action to help you attack the back pain and hopefully be on the way to eliminate it altogether.
After seeing your doctor, there are most likely a variety of causes of back pain the chiropractor can diagnose as the source of probable pain and discomfort, ranging from injuries, osteoarthritis, muscular or ligament strain, slipped or ruptured disks, and skeletal irregularities, and last but not least accidental injuries. With the proper diagnosis comes a smorgasbord assortment of various medical, traditional, nontraditional, osteopathic, and allopathic remedies and cures for curtailing and hopeful elimination of the your back pain. It is advised that you as the patient do yourself a benefit and research the probable cause of your back pain, because this can help eliminate a lot of frustration and time that can be wasted trying out various remedies and proposed suggestions. For instance, some natural remedy websites suggest one of the best ways to help eliminate back pain is to apply a plant oil known as St. John’s Wort to the affected area. This may or may not work on some people, and the money and time wasted on buying and applying the plant oil could be spent in more positive ways, such as performing exercises that could help to physiologically improve the strength of your back muscles.
It is known throughout the medical community that eliminating bad posture in the course of your day will have a significant impact on the intensity and duration of your back pain. Furthermore, tightening and strengthening your core — that is, the center of your body that includes the deep abdominal muscles and the muscles that are closest to your spine – through exercises with weights and stretches, can help improve your posture, making it easier for you to sit, and even stand up straight, which could in turn lead to decreased back pain. After posture is improved, and exercises that focus on improving the strength of your back muscles are performed, it is also recommended to stay active during the course of your day and to limit the amount of bed rest and remain as active as possible; walking is highly recommended. Walking helps to gets people out of a sitting posture and puts the body in a neutral, upright position. Next, it is recommended to sleep in a proper position, the right way so as to not place to not sleep in a bad position or on a mattress that does not provide the proper support to your back.
Application of alternating heat and ice pads is also highly recommended, especially the first 48 hours after an injury to your back that doctors find crucial. Most doctors, however, are not really sure which is best, heat or ice- this remains up to you, the back pain sufferer. Whatever you find more comforting should be applied whether it be ice or heat, as long as your skin is protected. Lastly, a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests that quitting smoking will help eliminate back pain. It was found that current smokers and former smokers were more likely to have back pain than compared with those people who have never smoked. This is due to the fact that the nicotine found in smoke causes the small blood vessels to constrict and actually decreases the delivery of blood to the soft tissues. Quitting smoking could help alleviate back pain significantly. Research also shows that practices such as deep breathing, meditation, tai chi, and yoga- all of which help to put your mind at ease, can do wonders for back pain. If you can influence your body to relax, this will help reduce the perceived level of pain. Back pain can be an extremely painful, and extremely aggravating condition, and it is recommended to seek help from a doctor, specialist, and even physical therapy. Applying common sense and realistic expectations in addition to thorough research, should help you confront the source of your pain, and a plan of attack to gradually and successfully overcome your back pain.