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5 fastest ways to reduce back pain

shutterstock_105949631Tips to reduce back pain!

Painful back pain can affect your day-to-day activities, so instead of getting addicted to opioid painkillers, let’s nip this problem in the bud!

1) Lighten your load
First, get rid of the extra cards. Then, switch to a smaller purse or wallet and all the “just in case” items. Stick to the bare essentials. Heavy bags on one shoulder while walking will twist your spine to one side. If you absolutely can’t make any sacrifices to free up space, switch the shoulder your bag’s strap rests on every 20 minutes.

2) Broccoli, Kale and Spinach
You can eat your way to having a  healthy back! Make sure you’re eating brightly colored fruits and veggies. This will reduce spinal cartilage inflammation. Prevent stiffness from the inside out! Avoid certain foods. For example, processed foods like most packaged snacks, fast foods, and saturated fats FUEL inflammation.

3) Correct your posture
Get adjusted! First, Let’s break down what happens during a chiropractic adjustment. The doctor will apply light pressure to move your bones into place. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons will be corrected into the proper structure. Nerve signals to properly pass through and blood circulation to increase so the body can do what it does best – naturally heal and repair injured areas.

4) Put your abs to work!
One of the most commonly reported pains across the world is lower back pain.   All the strain is focused on the back when we forget to lift with our knees or bend down to pick something up. Strengthening your core will help even the weight of the load across your body. You’ll be knocking out two bird with one stone as belly fat is a common cause of extra strain on your back muscles! Be careful when doing crunches as the improper form put pressure on your lumbar region, worsening your back pain.

5) Put pillows in the right places
Sleeping can be a nightmare if you suffer back pain. Most importantly, know that sleeping can either heal your pain or make it worse.  Positioning is everything when it comes to sleep. First, pick the right position and you’ll enjoy relief from the constant straining during the day. Lay on your side. Put a pillow between your knees so you’re maintaining neutral spinal alignment. If you prefer to sleep on your back, placing a pillow under your knees will reduce stress on your lower back and hips. This will also prevent unequal tension across your spine.

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