If you have been ignoring back pain for some time now, you might be trying to navigate through a lot, such as work/ family life and other daily stressors. Our daily routines can sometimes make it difficult for us to schedule an appointment with the doctor and get ourselves checked. Often, strained muscles and poor posture can also cause spine issues, which, if left untreated, might require spine surgery. However, if the spine is healthy, only then can you live a happy life.
That said, don’t wait for smaller issues to get worse. There are different ways to keep your spine happy and healthy – here are a few of them:
Allow Your Spine to Rest
Back pain is one of the primary reasons people cannot get proper sleep at night; however, the solution is often easy and doable, such as getting the right mattress and opting for the right cushions. Throughout the day, your spine takes a lot of pressure and stress, while it can finally relax and rejuvenate at night. However, you need to allow your spine to rest in a comfortable way.
If you are wondering how you can do so, we have a few tips for you. Focus on the mattress you are using. Instead of opting for a soft and old massage, opt for a firm mattress that can actually support your back. The right mattress will keep your back supported at its best, along with improving your sleeping condition.
Besides, keeping your spine in the perfect natural alignment is important. The spine’s alignment has a lot to do with your sleeping condition. For instance, if you sleep on the back, you might want to consider placing a pillow underneath your knees. By doing so, you will reduce the stress that would have otherwise fallen on your lower back.
Exercise Core & Back Muscles
The strength of your core muscles is crucial for a healthy and happy spine. In case you are wondering, your core muscles are located where your abdomen and lower back are. You can find many exercises that will help you make your core stronger and take off pressure from your lower back. Check out online videos for targeted exercise for stronger core muscles. You might also want to check in with your physician and ask them about exercises to reduce back pain.
Get a Massage
Sometimes all you need is a good massage to feel fresh and rejuvenated. Massages are good for improved blood flow, the loosening and relaxing of tight connective tissues and muscles, and the overall improvement of physical relaxation. It is important to mention here that the physical massage doesn’t necessarily have to be a vigorous one to make you feel good; a moderate level of massage has proven to be more beneficial as compared to light and vigorous massages. If you don’t have the time to see a massage therapist, you can also get a massage chair which will help you relax every day.
- Herniated Cervical Disc
- Disk issues in your cervical (neck) spine can cause neck and/or arm pain that doesn’t go away. Over time, these symptoms can put limits on yoru live. If non-surgical tretments haven’t helped, cervical disk surgery may be an option. Spine Surgery (Cervical Disk Surgery) can help treat the problem causing your symptoms. Contact your spine surgeon to discuss all your options.
- Herniated Lumbar Disc
- Having a lower back (lumbar) problem can cause pain when you sit, stand, or walk. To treat this problem our spine surgeon may recommend a spinal surgery called lumbar microsurgery. Lumbar microsurgery is done via a small incision where the bone, disk or both may be removed, taking pressure off the nerves causing pain. Discuss this spinal surgery option with your surgeon.