1. Get moving! Movement is great as a natural stimulus in the healing process. Through gradual exercise, you can slowly reduce long-term back pain.
2. Make a commitment to a regular, safe exercise routine. When you exercise, it strengthens and repairs muscles that support your spine. When you strengthen these muscles in your back, it helps to prevent injury to your soft tissue.
3. Overweight? It’s time to try and shed excess pounds. When you’re overweight, it puts unneeded stress on your spine and cause you a lot of pain.
4. Are you a smoker? Commit to breaking this unhealthy habit in 2015. Smoking can cause back pain because it can obstruct nutrients to the discs in your back and make it slower for you to heal, prolonging the pain you may already have.
5. It’s time to upgrade to a mattress that’s more friendly to your back. Even though you may find your favorite brands at a big box store, you won’t get the same level of service as you would by shopping at a dedicated mattress store.
If you’re living in pain from your back or neck, it’s time to take control of your life. Call Olympic Spine & Sports Therapy today.