Back pain can be debilitating and frustrating. However, it can be lessened and relieved by following some simple steps.
These days, we’re all sitting. A lot. Sitting for long periods of time can spur negative side effects, like weight gain, decreased cognition and an increased risk of cancer. The modern lifestyle asks many people to move less and sit more. With this constant sitting, you may notice increased tension in the back. Follow the next four tips for achieving back relief.
1. Stretch out
Take a short break and get up from your chair. Stretching out occasionally during the workday will promote relaxation and increased strength and flexibility in the back muscles. If you’re unsure of where to start, consider one of our tools specifically designed for back pain relief, such as the Stamina BackTrac Back Massager or the Stamina InLine Back Stretch Bench.
2. Improve your posture
Stop. Right now. Stop. Are you slouching? Straighten your back and bring your shoulders backward. Poor body alignment can cause unnecessary pain, tightness and constriction in the back and spinal areas. Any time you notice your posture is poor, immediately make a concentrated effort to improve it. In time, you will habitually display an improved posture. Check out the Stamina InLine Inversion Chair for a helpful solution to straighten the spine and improve your posture.
3. Strengthen your core
You may think that core strength is simply the key to rock-solid abs, but it goes much further. The core is sometimes known as the ‘trunk’ of the body, and improving your core strength will help all areas. Step away from your desk and do a couple of sets of crunches. Or, for an easy-to-use and compact piece of equipment, consider the Stamina Ab Session or the Ab/Hyper Bench.
4. Fix sleeping conditions if need be
A comfortable bed can make a world of difference for back pain. Try to find a mattress on the firmer-neutral side. Try to find a happy medium. If it’s too firm, you may find it difficult to fall asleep. If it’s too soft, your spine may experience discomfort due to poor alignment. Many experts recommend sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs to help relieve back pain.
Back pain relief is achievable
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