It’s a new year and a new beginning! Have you thought about the resolutions you will be making for the coming year? If you suffer from back pain, you may want to consider the following five resolutions that could help end that pain and improve your quality of life.
#1 Exercise More
Strengthening your core muscles can help reduce your risk of back injuries and reduce chronic pain in your back. Try to workout at least two times a week doing exercises that will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. If you sit at a desk all day, try to get up and walk around periodically throughout the day. Read more about exercises to strengthen your back to reduce pain here.
#2 Improve Your Posture
Standing up straight helps protect your spine and keep it healthy. Poor posture puts a strain on your back and can cause changes to your spine. Try to avoid slouching, hunching your shoulders or bending sideways while you are standing.
#3 Stop Smoking
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs; it is also bad for your back. Smokers are more likely to have back pain than people who don’t smoke. Nicotine restricts the flow of blood to the discs in your spine, which makes them more prone to ruptures, cracks or drying out. Smoking also reduces the oxygen level in your blood, which is crucial to keeping your back’s muscles and tendons properly nourished.
#4 Adopt a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet full of antioxidants and Vitamin D can help keep your spine strong. Deficiencies in calcium and Vitamin D can lead to problems such as osteoporosis, which is a common cause of back pain for older women.
#5 Seek Treatment for Pain
There is no reason to continue to suffer from back pain if you don’t have to. There are treatments available that can solve your back problems with minimal downtime. Deuk Spine Institute offers the least invasive procedures for back pain including laser spine surgery. Start the year off on the right foot. Take the first step by resolving to seek treatment for your pain.
You have nothing to lose by contacting Deuk Spine Institute to learn more about how you can reduce your back pain in 2018. Our team is here to evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options that will get you back to living a pain free life.