Unexpected Remedies for Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common causes of long lasting pain among adults in the United States. Either a result of injury, strain or poor posture, low back pain can range in intensity from mild to severe, through persistent stiffness or sharp localized pain extending into the neck and head. Because of its wide ranging impacts – affecting sleep, productivity and mobility – it can be challenging to find remedies for low back pain.
At NeuroMetrix, we believe in a toolbox approach to chronic pain treatment, one that employs multiple methods to maximize relief. Below are a few remedies for back pain that you may not have tried yet:
Give Technology a Try
Remedies for chronic low back pain can go beyond just medication. A new study has shown Quell’s wearable neurotechnology can be an effective option in treating chronic back pain. The research was presented this month at PainWeek, the national conference for pain management physicians. In this 10-week real-world retrospective study of 843 Quell users with low back pain, regular Quell use was found effective in improving pain outcomes.
Walk the Walk
Oftentimes, back pain starts from the ground up. Wearing footwear that is supportive and gentle on your spine is an important aspect that is typically overlooked by many due to the fact that the everyday shoe styles are not supportive for your muscles and joints. Especially for women, high heels causes you to walk with your back at a slight arch and your knees slightly bent, causing excess stress on your lower back each step you take. Shoes with a contoured insole to support your arch are the solution for back pain sufferers.
Pay Attention to Posture
We all do it – sitting at work hunched over our computers or while diving slouched in our seat for hours at a time, without even realizing the long-term damage we can be causing. Having a desk chair or specialty cushion that supports your lower back not only improves your posture, but also improves your productivity and alertness. Poor posture can lead to ligaments strain, headaches and other problems. Developing the habit of checking in with yourself and making sure your head and spine are aligned will alleviate some of the additional pressure on your back.
Get Regular Physical Activity
Although it may sound counterintuitive to move more when you’re in pain, exercise helps to build strong and flexible muscles that are less injury prone. Specifically, for those who have a stiff back, activity such as getting up and going for a walk can help with the healing process and prevent future pulls or strains from happening. Incorporating strength training and flexibility exercises into your daily routine are a great way to build solid muscle.
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