This is a contributed post.
Back pain is so common that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. It’s felt most often in the lower back area (lumbar region) although the mid back and neck (cervical) area can be affected too. Back issues can severely impact a person’s life- since this is the main support system for the entire body when things go wrong, it’s not good news. Discomfort, pain when standing, sitting, walking or lying down and not being able to exercise much are just a few of the issues chronic back pain suffers have to deal with. If you’re currently going through this, here are some points to bear in mind.
See a Doctor
At the first sign of back problems, many people disregard it, and tell themselves that they must have slept funny or injured it in some way. Sometimes this is the case, and back pain is short lived, but if symptoms continue always be sure to get checked out by a doctor. Since organs like the kidneys are in the back and certain cancers, pancreatic problems and even bladder problems can be felt as back pain it’s important to rule these out. Depending on the issue that’s found you may be prescribed medication, have a course of injections or be sent for scans and further investigation. Once you’ve seen your GP to ensure that nothing is immediately wrong with your health, you could consider visiting a chiropractor. Many back problems can be improved, and pain can be relieved with a chiropractic adjustment.
For most cases of back pain, it’s not recommended that you take bed rest. Instead, light and gentle exercises such as walking and swimming can help with both the recovering and strengthening the muscles. With a strong back, you’re less prone to certain injuries and pain. If your back issues allow it, exercises which strengthen your stomach muscles are also helpful. These weaken with age unless they are specifically exercised, which can be a problem as your stomach muscles/ core provides additional support for your back.
Address Your Posture
Even if your back pain isn’t caused by bad posture, slouching or sitting incorrectly will definitely make it worse. Investing in a good desk and computer chair can help if you spend a lot of time sat while you’re working, as well as a lumbar cushion while you’re in the car or on the sofa.
Replace Your Mattress
A mattress which is sagging or springy mattress won't support your body properly. This can cause painful pressure points in your hips, shoulders and lumbar area which can all cause or exacerbate back pain. Foam mattresses are some of the best on the market, with independent research stating they’re the best for relaxing on and a good choice for those with back problems. Regardless of whether you choose foam or springs, your mattress should be replaced after seven years as after this it will no longer be supporting you efficiently. Pillows that are neither too flat or too high will also help to support your neck and shoulders and again alleviate back pain.