Self-Care Tips for Lower Back Pain

May 10, 2014

Lower back pain will affect 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Ranging from mild flare-ups to debilitating pain, lower back pain can disrupt your life at best and interfere with your livelihood and activities at worst. Luckily, there is help, and unlike surgery and harmful medications, it’s natural and holistic.

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A review of 26 studies on the effects of chiropractic adjustments for lower back pain found that chiropractic care was not only very beneficial to patients, it also caused little to no side effects. The only complaint reported was mild pain as muscles adapted to their new position. However, this usually disappeared within a day or two.

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, which is funded by the federal government, has declared chiropractic adjustments as the only safe and effective drug-free method to relieve acute lower back pain. They have recommended chiropractic care as the first means to address lower back pain as it’s a holistic, natural and effective method.

A doctor of chiropractic can perform spinal adjustments for lower back pain to realign the spine and relieve pressure on the nervous system and surrounding soft tissues that help support the spine. Many patients experience some relief after the first adjustment. Not only is chiropractic care non-invasive, it’s a natural and holistic way to relieve your lower back pain.

Self-care is also important to prevent or minimize lower back pain. Combined with chiropractic care, here are some tips that can help prevent or reduce your symptoms:

  • Choose nutritious foods and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Remain active while respecting any limitations your doctor of chiropractic may recommend.

  • Avoid a soft mattress, opting instead for a medium to firm style to reduce curving of your spine as you sleep.

  • Always lift using your knees. You should also make sure the object is close to your body. Do not twist while you have weight in your arms.

Chiropractic Lifecare of America can help you save up to 50 percent on the best chiropractic care. Please call 800-775-7900, or contact us to learn how.

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