Last week we explored how the food you eat can cause inflammation throughout your body and lead to lower back pain. The truth is that not only can many processed foods cause inflammation, but that extra weight you carry in your stomach is extra weight your spine needs to support.
Now that you’ve cut out at least one of the items we listed in last week’s blog, the next step you can take to improve the health of your back is such a simple one that you can do it in your sleep. That’s because it is the position in which you sleep.
Change Your Sleeping Habits
For many people, this simply starts with the position in which you sleep. Sleeping on your stomach is not good for your back or neck. It’s best to sleep on your back, but sleeping on your side is definitely better than sleeping on your stomach.
If you do have back problems, and sleeping on it worsens that pain, than sleeping on your side an option. Make sure to place a pillow between your knees, which will alleviate any pressure on your lower back.
Now, unless you’ve learned a very special form of yoga, this isn’t one you can do in your sleep, but it’s one that will have tremendous results. If you’ve heard the saying, “The life not lived is not worth living,” you know the benefits of getting out and being active.
Regular exercise is a great way to avoid lower back pain, but it’s been proven that sitting around and doing nothing can cause lower back pain. Exercise not only reduces the chances of lower back pain, but it also helps those with lower back pain. Get out and go swimming, walk, do Pilates, take a Yoga class, or get involved in another form of exercise or sports.
Now, there are two more things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering from lower back pain or healing from it faster. Those two things will mean entrusting a people around you, so as to create a team that acts as a support system. But the benefits will mean a happier and healthier you.
In case you missed last week’s blog, we gave away the ending of the series. We’re going to do that again because we don’t want you to have to wait before you receive the full benefits of working with this team. You will still want to come back next week to learn more about the importance of the next two steps, but the secret to the health of your back is entrusting yourself to the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. Come back next week to learn more about how they can help prevent that lower back pain or quicken the healing process by realigning the top two vertebrae in your neck.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.