It’s a new year and a new beginning! If you suffer from back pain, consider the five resolutions below that could help with the pain and improve your quality of life.
Top 5 New Year's Resolutions to Reduce Back Pain
#1 Exercise More
Strengthening your core muscles can help reduce your risk of back injuries and reduce chronic pain in your back. Try to workout at least two times a week doing exercises that will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. If you sit at a desk all day, try to get up and walk around periodically throughout the day.
#2 Improve Your Posture
Standing up straight helps protect your spine and keep it healthy. Poor posture puts a strain on your back and can cause changes to your spine. Try to avoid slouching, hunching your shoulders or bending sideways while you are standing.
#3 Stop Smoking
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs; it is also bad for your back. Smokers are more likely to have back pain than people who don’t smoke. Nicotine restricts the flow of blood to the discs in your spine, which makes them more prone to ruptures, cracks or drying out. Smoking also reduces the oxygen level in your blood, which is crucial to keeping your back’s muscles and tendons properly nourished.
#4 Adopt a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet full of antioxidants and high in calcium and vitamin D can help keep your spine strong. Deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D can lead to problems such as osteoporosis, which is a common cause of back pain for older women.
#5 Seek Treatment for Pain
There is no reason to continue to suffer from back pain if you don’t have to. There are treatments available that can solve your back problems with minimal downtime, including laser spine surgery. Start the year off on the right foot. Take the first step by resolving to seek treatment for your pain.
Learn more about how you can reduce your back pain in 2019 and contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI. Our team is here to evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options to get you back into motion in the new year.