Back pain can be caused by a number of things. It may be caused by stress or injury. Perhaps you work in a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time or one that requires a lot of heavy lifting. Or perhaps you’ve injured it doing work around the house. Many office workers suffer bad backs as well from improper posture at their workstations. Whatever the cause, back pain can affect your quality of life and peace of mind. Let’s look at some effective ways to help you manage and heal the pain so that you can return to enjoying your life.
The first way is physiotherapy. If you’ve had an injury, then you’ll need to see your doctor about getting a referral to a qualified physiotherapist. It may take several weeks for you to get some relief but it will be worth it. You might also try a chiropractor or a massage therapist. It all depends on the reason for your back pain. If it was an injury, you’ll probably need physiotherapy and if your back pain is caused by strain or stress, you’ll probably want to visit a chiropractor or registered massage therapist. Many health care plans include funds for care from these types of professionals so if you have a health care plan, check out your options.
A second way is yoga. If you’ve never practiced yoga, this suggestion might immediately conjure up images of serene looking people tying themselves into pretzel like poses and that’s probably not appealing to you. However, there are many styles of yoga and different teaching styles so that I would suggest you not write it off as an option until you investigate it a little further. Many yoga enthusiasts have reported that the practice has cured them or various physical ailments from back pain to fibromyalgia. See if you can find a yoga teacher in your area that teaches a therapeutic or gentle style of yoga. If you’re new, you can usually attend your first class for a lower than normal fee or completely free – it depends on the studio. When you get there, speak to your teacher to let them know of your problems and they should be able to recommend some specific poses to help you. Also, while in class, make sure that you don’t push yourself. Competitive personalities have a tendency to overdo it when they first attend yoga and it’s important to take it easy, never go so deep into a pose that it causes you pain.
The third way to relieve back pain is by using relaxation techniques. More and more, there is evidence that pain and illness is caused primarily by stress. So, it follows that if you learn to relax more, you’ll be in better health. There are various relaxation techniques you can try but one of my favourites is plain old fashioned meditation. If that sounds too boring or hard for you, it’s good sign that you need to try it. And, if you think that you might benefit from listening to a music CD (one with ocean waves for example) while meditating – go for it! Whatever works for you is ultimately the best method.