Care For Your Back This Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, you can't afford to be hindered by back pain. After all, there are presents to be wrapped, long car trips to take, festive meals to serve and relatives to hug. Back pain will only limit your enjoyment of the holidays. These tips for back pain treatment may help you fix your problems in small ways without medical intervention.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise strengthens muscles and delivers oxygen to the damaged parts of your body, speeding the healing process. However, not all exercises are good for people suffering from back pain. Start with exercises that specifically help with back pain problems. Swimming and aerobic exercises tend to be good for people suffering from back pain, although any movements that twist the body should be avoided.

Back pain sufferers looking for an easy exercise move that will strengthen their back muscles and which can be done on a daily basis may try simple knee-to-chest movements. To do this, lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Then raise each knee, one knee at a time, to your chest and hold the position for 30 seconds. This can be done up to 4 times per leg.

Change Sleeping Positions

If you sleep regularly on your back or front, this could be affecting the curvature of your spine, causing or exacerbating your pain. Try sleeping on your side at night. To further keep your spine straight, place a pillow between your legs.

Lose Weight

Your extra body weight can increase pressure on your back and complicate existing back problems. Obesity can also limit your stamina, which can in turn affect your ability do back-pain relieving exercises. Although it's difficult to lose weight—especially at the holidays—now is a time when it's important to watch what you eat.

You may be able to curb holiday weight gain by focusing on healthier eating at events and family get-togethers. Cooking for yourself, you'll be able to prioritize making healthy meals at home. When attending family events, offer to bring a dish of food to help out. This way, you'll be able to bring a healthy dish to eat.

If your back pain persists, it may be time to contact your primary care physician, or a local chiropractor. Don't suffer through this joyful time of year; seek help. There are many ways that medical science can help with back pain.