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While many of us may find chiropractic discomfort to be something that typically comes with age, it’s not necessarily the case and, more importantly, it’s something that can be easily remedied. Maybe you are experiencing minor and/or occasional lower back pain, maybe you’re recovering from a more serious injury, or maybe you’re somewhere in between. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to live in pain. There are many things that you can do and changes you can make to your lifestyle that will greatly improve your overall chiropractic health. In this blog, we will be looking at just a few simple things that you can do to live more comfortably and free of chiropractic pain.
While the dangers of smoking are quite well understood by most, what many don’t realize is that smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, it can also affect your back. Studies show that those who smoke or have smoked are more likely to experience back pain. Smoking, specifically nicotine, actually decreases blood flow to soft tissue and causes small blood vessels to compress, which can cause back pain. Smoking is already a significant health risk to begin with, and quitting smoking can improve your health in so many ways from the moment you stop.
Sleep Isn’t For the Weak
Your bedroom can make quite a difference in your chiropractic health. Making sure that your mattress is firm enough is a good start. A worn out mattress or one with too much give won’t be giving you enough back support, and while initially it may feel like a softer mattress is the more comfortable option, you need to make sure that your back is being supported. In addition to this,
the position that you sleep in can also affect your chiropractic health. Sleeping on your stomach, for example, can put stress on your back by causing your head and neck to contort into uncomfortable positions. Make these improvements and you’ll start to see results very quickly.
Activity is Key
Much like many other health issues, one big way to improve your overall chiropractic health is to increase your overall level of activity. Exercise is key to to living a long and healthy life, and being active keeps your body moving and blood flowing. Strenuous activities aren’t ideal if you’re currently experiencing chiropractic issues, but getting up and moving around can be incredibly helpful. Even something as simple as walking has been proven to have many health benefits.
What’s On Your Feet?
While this partially ties in with the previous point, having comfortable shoes can certainly make an improvement in decreasing and/or preventing things like lower back pain. Even if you aren’t running, getting a comfortable pair of shoes for day to day wear will make more of a difference than you realize. Even if you’re not walking everywhere, you are still on our feet for a lot of the day. Think of your shoes as a bed for your feet-you want your shoes to provide proper cushioning for your feet in the same way that you want a mattress to provide good support for your back. Getting comfortable shoes will help you greatly.
Treat Yourself to a Massage
Perhaps as a way to reward the increased activity, treating yourself to a massage every now and again can certainly help with back pain and other chiropractic problems. Given, this shouldn’t be your only way of relieving any sort of chiropractic pain or discomfort, but getting a massage alongside making other improvements to your lifestyle can definitely help reduce pain. A good massage will encourage blood flow, which can speed up the overall process of relief. Massaging those sore muscles can help decrease built up tension, and through stretching and exercise, you can greatly reduce the overall tension in your back. Practicing all of these things together can certainly lead to improved chiropractic health.
By following five simple steps, you will be well on your way to experiencing improvements in your overall chiropractic health. This is by no means a complete guide, though, and for more specific guidance, contact your primary care doctor or chiropractor. Contact us today at Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates to find a medical insurance plan that works best for you!