Chronic back pain is back pain that lasts for three months or more. The pains may be intermittent, coming and going over time, making relief from the pain only temporary. It can be difficult to deal with chronic back pain as it can be hard to identify the cause.
The pain isn’t necessarily severe. Mild back pain is common but will still cause mobility problems if left unaddressed. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, it is a good idea to track your pains and any triggers that cause pain, so you can get a better idea of what is causing it.
If you are having difficulty finding the source of your discomfort or finding a treatment, then you should consult a medical professional for advice or help on dealing with ‘flare-ups’ of chronic back pain. Here in this guide, we are going to discuss seven tips for relieving back pain that anyone should try.
Check Your Diet
Some commonly consumed food can actually cause an inflammatory reaction in the human body, especially foods that contain trans-fats. Highly processed foods with refined sugars have also been shown in clinical trials to cause inflammation in the body, and this inflammation may be causing your chronic back pain.
Losing some weight and consuming more unprocessed foods may relieve any inflammation and reduce the pressure on your lower back caused by excess body weight.
Try Physical Therapy
It might sound counterintuitive, but exercise is a great way to ease aches and pains in your back and help improve your mobility in spite of chronic back pain. Speak to your doctor for guidance before you begin an exercise program, but in general, low impact exercise like swimming is ideal for chronic back pain, as the water supports your weight and eases pain.
Gym-based exercise can also help, as long as it’s under the supervision of a professional. Often, back pain is exacerbated by weak core muscles, so strengthening these can help to support the back better and reduce pain.
This is one of the first treatments you should try, with the help of a trained physiotherapist or physician. Physiotherapy needs to be tailored to the individual, so using generic exercises from books or websites can only help your body so much. For the best physio, you should consult a trained professional. They will implement a treatment plan for you, that takes into account any underlying health problems you might have.
Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness
Chronic back pain doesn’t just affect people physically, but emotionally and mentally too. Managing the irritability and frustration that can come with chronic back pain is just as important as managing physical pain.
Yoga and meditation are great ways of dealing with the mental strain of back pain, and yoga can also help ease physical symptoms. Many pain specialists recommend yoga<