6 Lifestyle Habits To Manage Your Chronic Back Pain
By Medicover Hospitals / 25 March 2022

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  • Severe lower back pain is one of the most common complaints and which always comes to our nerves. It becomes a difficult task for us to perform our daily activities.
    Certain lifestyle factors, such as obesity, no physical activity, poor posture, poor diet, and smoking, are the main culprits that result in back pain
    However, by adopting a few lifestyle changes it is possible to reduce chronic back pain, such as -

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    Correct posture


    • Incorrect posture is the main reason for causing and increasing chronic back pain; primarily for today’s generation who sit for hours without a break.
    • Sit up straight and stop slouching. Slouching causes severe lower back pain, muscle tension, joint pain, reduced circulation, and fatigue.
    • Avoid slouching during walking or standing, keep proper spine alignment, stand or walk with back straight and shoulders tall.
    • Avoid prolonged sitting. Take regular breaks in-between and walk around to minimize spinal cord compression and loosen muscle tension.

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  • Exercise


    • Exercise regularly to improve muscle strength and tone.
    • Perform stretching exercises to improve muscle flexibility.
    • Stretch neck muscles regularly by turning your head from one side to another.
    • Perform abdominal exercises to support lower back muscles, thus preventing chronic lower back pain.

    Maintain a healthy weight -


    • Over-weight or obesity can affect the abdominal muscles, causing problems for the pelvis and spine, and leading to constant low back pain.
    • Extra weight is responsible for chronic back pain as it causes muscle weakness, spine compression, spine misalignment, slowed metabolism, and slow recovery time.
    • Obesity discourages individuals from engaging in everyday physical activities and impacts their overall health.

    Lift weights properly


    • Many people have a misconception that they know how to lift heavy objects properly and safely. With improper lifting techniques, they can injure their back giving rise to muscle strain and resulting in severe back pain.
    • When trying to lift any heavy objects bend knees and keep the object close to the body. Also, take care not to twist your body while lifting as it might cause severe right side back pain and left side back pain.
    • Don’t forget to wear a brace if the job requires heavy lifting. If an object is very heavy to lift, ask someone for help. If possible make use of lifting devices to help lift loads.

    Choose right mattress


    • A bad mattress often forces us to sleep in an unnatural position that twists and strains our back which ultimately results in severe and chronic back pain. A high-quality orthopedic or back-support mattress is the best option. Try "medium-firm” for a correct spine alignment.
    • Prefer a new mattress, place pillows behind the knees, if sleeping on the back. If sleeping on sides then it’s a good idea to place pillows in-between the legs, so that the natural curve of the spine is maintained.
    • All these sleeping tips will help to reduce back pain and provide a good night’s sleep. However, these are only temporary relief factors, but if there is chronic back pain then it’s advisable to consult your physician.

    Eat Well -

  • Our bones, muscles, and spine need healthy nutrition and an anti-inflammatory diet to be strong and function properly.
    Our diet must include the following nutrients to achieve good bone and muscle health as well as keep back problems at bay.
  • Calcium -

    Calcium helps muscles, nerves, and cells to function normally. The body needs calcium as well as phosphorous to develop healthy bones. We can get calcium by consuming foods, like
    • Milk
    • Yogurt
    • Cheese
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Tofu
    • Green leafy vegetables

    Magnesium -

    Magnesium is essential is good for back pain. Adequate magnesium intake may help prevent muscle spasms and thus prevent back problems. Consume these foods to get magnesium –
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Whole Grains
    • Fish
    • Beans
    • Seeds
    • Nuts
    • Avocados
    • Bananas
    • Dark chocolate
    • Yogurt

    Vitamin D3

    It is good for calcium absorption. In-adequate vitamin D leads to weak, brittle, or misshapen bones.
    Food that provides Vitamin D3 are –
    • Fish
    • Liver (or cod liver oil)
    • Egg yolks
    • Milk
    • Morning sunlight

    Vitamin C

    It is vital for collagen formation. Sufficient consumption of vitamin C is crucial for the proper healing of injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and intervertebral discs. Sources of Vitamin C are
    • Citrus fruits
    • Tomatoes and tomato juice, potatoes and other vegetables
    • Green and red peppers

    Proteins

    Benefits of protein include an increase in muscle mass, tissue repair, and provide energy. Protein sources include
    • Meat
    • Poultry
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Dairy products
    • Pulses
    • Vegetables
    • Fruits
    • Nuts

    Take care of your back by adopting the above-given lifestyle habits in your daily life and be free from back pain as much as you can.

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