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Living with Chronic Back Pain

chronic back pain is often relieved with aquatic therapy

According to WebMD at least 80% of the population experiences back pain at some point of their life; many of them end up with chronic back pain that stays with them forever. When you suffer from back pain your entire body is affected; including psychological and physical pain.

6 Tips for Living with Chronic Back Pain

Pain is considered “chronic” when it continues with little to no stopping. While some may find temporary relief from prescription drugs or therapy, when your back pain is chronic relief is generally short-lived.

You may some relief or reduction of your back pain by using these tips:

  1. Core Strengthen – Your core muscles are the main muscles that support your back so it is important that they are strengthened. You may find difficulty doing exercises while suffering from back pain; but your physician or a physical therapist should be able to give you exercises specific to your needs.
  2. Meditation – Chronic pain can cause depression. Meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress, increase oxygen levels, and even reduce the pain along with depression.
  3. Everyday Activities – Back pain often limits what you can do and how long you can do it, so it’s important to know your limitations. Once you’ve figured out the activities that cause your pain to increase you need to find someone to help you with those activities in order to make your daily living easier.
  4. Practice Back Safety – There are a number of ways to adjust your lifestyle in order to protect your back and limit the stress you put on it. Learn proper lifting techniques, sleep positions that will help to reduce back pain so that you can get a good night’s rest, and gentle stretching exercises.
  5. Medications/Supplements – Always consult your physician about your medications. It’s important to discuss all options to help alleviate your chronic back pain, including natural pain relievers and supplements.
  6. Aquatic Therapies – Using a pool removes the stress of body weight on the back; almost instantly relieving your pain as you’re ‘weightlessly’ swimming and moving around. Using the pool to remain active can help maintain a healthy weight, which is very beneficial when dealing with back pain, and strengthen the body while enjoying the ability to have some time with minimal to no back pain.

Having quality of life when coping with any chronic pain is never easy. It is important to understand the cause of your back pain and realize that it’s okay to ask for and accept help from others in order to enjoy life while minimizing your back pain.

Caring Connections is here to help you make a life filled with back pain, a life filled with quality.

 


Photo by Jim Larrison