Recover from Back Injury:
Relief for Back Pain in 7 Steps
If you were in an automobile accident like me, you might have chronic back pain as a result. My story includes two car wrecks, plus I fell off a ladder. It seems once we are injured in an accident, minor tension is magnified and the pain won't go away.
I didn't want to live on pain killers, and I didn't want to chance surgery, so I began to read about back pain and try everything I could to get better. It took me 2 years to get out of pain. It took me longer to understand what I can do day-to-day to stop pain when it starts up again.
A basic distinction is between unbearable pain and aching pain. Neither is fun, but when I have unbearable pain, I go get help. It may take a week or longer to get it resolved. Aching pain is more common now. For that, I start a recovery routine that usually resolves the pain in a day or two. I follow 7 steps to eliminate my back pain. This site explains what I do to keep a healthy spine.
Step 1: Reduce Back Inflammation
First, always, always address the inflammation. Pain is caused when something swells and becomes inflammed. If there is too much inflammation, the pain may become unbearable and difficult to fix. If you can reduce inflammation, a doctor or chiropractor can do more to help. I take herbs and enzymes for inflammation. I make sure I get good nutrition and drink water. A ice pack may also be in store. More details about Inflammation...
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Step 2: Improve Standing and Sitting Posture
Next, I take stock of how my posture is affecting my back. How am I sitting when I watch TV? This is often a culprit. How am I sitting at my desk? It helps to use my back support. How long am I sitting without getting up to stretch? Am I slumping when I stand? Is my neck pulled back and my chin pulled down as it should be? Do I need to wear arch support in my shoes for a few days? Sometimes I use an inversion table to relieve pressure, stretch my body and improve my posture.
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Step 3: Stretch and Strengthen Muscles
Weak and tense muscles cannot do the job of holding the skeletal body in place while also allowing fluid movement. Muscles may spasm on one side and make the spine to go out of alignment. When muscles are strong and relaxed, the spine stays in alignment. This has been a major discovery for me. I make sure I get good protein (to build muscle), and then I do yoga or free-form dancing to work out the kinks. Certain yoga exercises almost guarantee that I can stop my lower back pain. Dancing is fun exercise and I dance by moving the spine as fluidly as possible. It feels great. More details about Exercise for Back Pain... Yoga for back pain: Simple exercises can make a big difference.
Step 4: Reduce Stress to Reduce Pain
During times of extreme stress, my back will often flare up. It is a sign that I must slow down, and calm my overactive mind. This can be done with a bath, laughing, sitting quietly, visualizing relaxation or listening to calming music. I meditate to manage my stress. I learned that you can relax deeper in 20 minutes of meditation than in 8 hours of sleep! That is pretty astounding! More details about Reducing Stress... Mediation Power Programs
Step 5: Improve Sleep
Sleep is a time for rest and healing. Sleep does all kinds of good things for the body. My back pain sometimes makes it hard to sleep. So I have become a master of improving the quality and quantity of sleep.
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Step 6: Get Help from Back Specialists
I would never have been able to improve and heal without the help of a number of back pain specialists. It was a learning process to find out who was doing what and what they could do for me. I always call a practitioner to find out what their specialy is, since there are even subcategories of what they do. For example, there are many kinds of physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. I have started interviewing back pain specialists so you can better understand what the various specialties are and what individual doctors and practitioners are doing. More details about Back Pain Specialists...
Step 7: Self Help for Back Pain
Taking care of my back is an ongoing process, so I am continually learning more about it. I am always interested in anything that can help reduce stress and pain to help keep my spine strong and healthy. I read books about back pain and also use specialized products for back support and pain relief. When my back feels good, I have a much better day, so these things are well worth it to me. More about Self Help for Back Pain...
Subluxation (Sub - less than; lux - light; or luxation -dislocation) -- A problem in the spine where there is a lack in communication between the brain and nervous system causing a disturbance in the body.
University of California Irvine Research Study:
2800 people under chiropractic care showed significant
health and wellness improvements in Physical
State,Mental/Emotional State, Life Enjoyment, Stress Evaluation, and Quality of Life.
Yoga Reduces Back Pain and Improves Mood: In this study, the yoga group had statistically significant reductions in functional disability, pain intensity, and depression compared to standard medical care 6-months postintervention.
chart to the right shows a normal healthy spine. Below you can compare scans of a patient as they undergo chiropractic care. These are done with thermographic detection of pain using sophisticated instrumentation. You can see they begin to normalize over time.