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Unexpected Cures For Back Pain

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

No injuries are fun to heal, but especially when it’s your back. Back pain can occur a number of ways and the severity ranges from tweak to full-on trauma. Even the simplest tasks like tying your shoes or getting out of bed can turn unbearable.

Sprains occur when ligaments get over-stretched and tear. Strains occur when a muscle is stretched too far and tears, damaging the muscle itself. For sprains and strains, think of injuries from lifting heavy objects, sudden movements, sports injuries and poor posture. Some injuries can be healed quickly while some require a bit more time and patience.

Chiropractic Chicago practices can be a great resource if your back is hurting. Before you visit one of our Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers, try some often-overlooked practices that could aid in your recovery process.

Sleep, sleep, sleep!

Falling (and staying) asleep may prove rather difficult if you’re experiencing back pain, but the importance of adequate sleep cannot be overstated in order for your body to heal. Before hitting the hay, try diffusing essential oils, taking sleeping medication, or even meditating. Adjust pillows for support as necessary.

Work it out

The muscles in your abs and back play a critical role in supporting your lower spine. Begin incorporating an ab routine into your daily workout to ensure those muscles are being worked. Plus, you will release endorphins during your workout, which are proven to be just as strong as manufactured pain medication.

Hot & cold packs

A tried-and-true remedy for a reason. Heat therapy stimulates blood flow, bringing healing nutrients to the affected area. It also inhibits pain messages being sent to the brain. Cold packs reduce inflammation and acts as a local anesthetic by slowing nerve pulses. Be consistent with your treatments and relief is sure to follow.

Exercise your brain

It sounds cliché, but mind over matter truly makes a difference. Pain specialists understand that pain isn’t absolute; it goes beyond the sensation. Training your brain to interpret pain signals differently can have profound benefits in influencing the way you feel pain.

If you have further questions or concerns about your ongoing back pain, reach out to us at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers. We want you to feel your best so you can live your best life.

Courtesy of: Spine Health

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