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With a majority of Americans spending eight or more hours a day behind a desk, it’s no wonder back pain is a common ailment.
Sitting puts increased pressure on the lower spine, and hunching over a keyboard causes pain between the shoulder blades. Many people turn to painkillers for relief, but there are ways to treat back pain that won’t have you dealing with side effects from medication.
- Keep your core muscles strong – Your core muscles are designed to act like a natural girdle, but injury or poor conditioning can keep them from working efficiently. Regular exercise – such as sit-ups, Pilates, and strength training – helps keep those muscles fit. If an injury is preventing you from exercising, Lyceum’s physical rehabilitation program can help you with your recovery.
- Reduce your intake of sugar, caffeine and unhealthy fats – Some foods – such as refined carbohydrates, coffee, fizzy drinks, and alcohol – can worsen pain and inflammation. Stay away from fried foods and instead focus on taking in whole foods, like fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans and lentils.
- Stay well hydrated – Your joints and spinal discs are partly made up of water, which is why dehydration can cause pain and stiffness. Adults should consume 8 cups of water per day. Coffee and tea can cause dehydration, which means you may need to increase your water intake if you drink a lot of coffee.
- Relax your muscles with magnesium – Magnesium plays many important roles in your body, and one of them is the support of healthy muscle function. Low magnesium can lead to weak, tight and tense muscles, which can cause back pain. A diet that includes green vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish, and whole grains will keep your magnesium in balance.
- Regular chiropractic visits – One of the best things you can do for your back is to have regular chiropractic visits. We’ve talked about how chiropractic care can treat chronic pain, but it’s also good for pain and injury prevention. It reduces stress, restores motion to your joints, speeds pain relief, and helps your body function to its fullest potential.
At Lyceum, our chiropractic care finds and treats the root of your back pain. We don’t just look at the problem, we look at the whole person. Whether you simply need a series of adjustments, or you need chiropractic care in conjunction with nutritional and physical therapy support, our cohesive approach leads to superior patient outcomes.
Call Lyceum Physical Medicine at (215) 508-5555 and find relief from your back pain today.