Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.
Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing when you have back pain, but on your low-pain days, it's helpful to get moving. At your next chiropractic adjustment, speak with your chiropractor and express interest in performing some exercises to decease your pain between appointments. Provided he or she agrees that your chosen activities won't cause harm to your specific back issues, change into some workout apparel and get moving to take the fight to your back pain. Here are three varied exercises that can help.
Strengthening your abdominal muscles is an effective way to reduce your back pain. When these muscles are strong, they have better success at holding your torso in an upright position to avoid the slouching that can wreak havoc on your discs. Although you can build your abs in a variety of ways, performing the plank is often pleasurable if your back is sore. The plank holds a similar posture to the push-up but has a long list of variations. In general, the strategy is to position your body so you're facing the ground and balancing on your toes and forearms or hands. Your body should be in a perfectly straight line from head to toes, which forces a recruitment of your abdominal muscles. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then release it for a short break. The exercise will feel difficult at first, but you'll gradually be able to increase your time to one or two minutes.
Walking is so simple that it's easy to dismiss as a viable way to address back pain, but WebMD considers walking to be one of the best ways to address back pain yourself. Walking can be an antidote for back pain brought on by muscle tightness or a pinched nerve and can also provide you with a viable distraction to take your mind off your pain. This exercise also relates to a medical theory known as "gate control theory." When you walk, the nerves in your body's major muscle groups will be sending strong messages to your brain that can help to essentially override the messages of pain that your back's nerves as sending.
Back pain can worsen over a long day of sitting at work, but swapping your office chair for a stability ball can have positive results. When you sit on the ball in an upright manner, you're forcing your abdominal muscles to keep contracted. Over time, this posture will help to strengthen these muscles and, in turn, combat your back pain. An added bonus is that it's difficult to slouch on a stability ball, so you'll essentially be exercising to a moderate degree for the whole workday.
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