Now for those of you who have dealt with back pain before, you know it may seem natural to want to get off your feet for a few days and rest your back in bed. However, current research has found that to be exactly what NOT to do. Lying in bed for prolonged periods of time can lead to further tightening and weakening of your muscles and it won’t encourage the proper healing of the body.
Instead, as odd as it may seem, you should get active. Go for a walk, stretch, keep your body moving any way you can. This will encourage proper healing and studies show that it decreases recovery time for many non-complicated back injuries. The exception to this advice would be in cases of severe injury or when accompanied with other symptoms such as pain or tingling radiating down the legs.
Of course, the first step when suffering back pain is to make a visit with a health care provider who can evaluate your pain, make sure there's nothing more serious going on, and then offer treatment and self-care recommendations (including activity) to help relieve it. Enter your doctor of chiropractic, the experts in treating spinal pain.
Jacob W Harris, D.C.
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