The American Chiropractic Association estimates that up to 80% of the world population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. With that in mind, here are 6 great articles from around the internet that can help you understand and relieve your back pain symptoms.
1. Spine-Health.com: Exercises for Better Back Health
Spine-Health.com is an excellent resource for understanding, preventing, and seeking appropriate treatment for back and neck pains. This piece by Spine-Health CEO and co-founder Stephanie Burke recommends a series of low-impact workouts that can enhance back health.
Favorite quote: “When it comes to exercise, a key is to forget the past and focus on the future. You may miss a few days, or not experience results as quickly as you would like, but if you keep going you may find long-term relief from your lower back pain.”
2. SpineUniverse.com: Save Your Back with Sleep
SpineUniverse is a great place for advice regarding back pain, lower back pain, and neck pain from spine experts. This prescriptive article, written by Cornell University’s Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE, dives into the importance of sleeping conditions in relation to back health.
Favorite quote: “A good mattress and box spring should last about 8-10 years. So consider it an investment. Don’t just look for the lowest price; look for the best value.”
3. Harvard Health: The psychology of low back pain
Harvard Health Publishing is the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School. In this piece, award-winning Professor of Psychiatry, Srini Pillay, MD, discusses the important correlations between back pain, stress, and anxiety.
Favorite quote: “Fortunately, some psychological therapies can be really helpful with back pain. They help lessen pre-existing psychological vulnerabilities, change how you perceive the pain, and also alleviate the psychological factors (such as anxiety and anticipation) that maintain your pain.”
Our blog at TruMedic.com is an excellent source for health and wellness tips aggregated from experts across the web (and for finding top-quality massage products!). This brief post discusses the debilitating effects of poor posture on the human body and how Massage Therapy can help alleviate them.
Favorite quote: “Massage Therapy helps stimulate blood circulation to the muscles fatigued by poor posture, thus relaxing them, increasing their range of motion and allowing the body to return to its naturally comfortable position.”
5. EverydayHealth.com – What You Eat May Help Beat Back Pain
EverydayHealth.com provides trusted, evidence-based health and medical information from the nation’s leading healthcare providers and patient advocates at the center of clinical care. In this article, reviewed by Emergency Physician, Meeta Shah, MD, Karen Appold examines how dietary choices can influence back health.
Favorite quote: “When eating vegetables, think the greener the better, he says. Kale, spinach, and broccoli are all list-toppers for an anti-inflammatory diet with back-pain-fighting properties. Other good food choices for an anti-pain diet: avocados; nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, and Brazil nuts); lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey; beans; and cocoa.”
6. SELF – 8 Yoga Poses to Relieve Lower Back Pain
SELF Magazine has been a hub for health, wellness, beauty, and style tips since its was first published in 1979. In this piece, Senior Fitness Editor Amy Maturana asks a practicing yoga instructor to demonstrate 8 yoga poses known to help relieve mild to moderate lower back pain.
Favorite quote: “It’s always important to figure out what’s causing pain so you can address it and prevent it from happening again. But in most situations, doing some gentle yoga can help relieve tightness and give your lower back some relief.”
To learn more about back pain, its causes, and how to stop it, enjoy this free eBook by Dr. Todd Sinett titled 21 Days to a Better Back! It includes Dr. Sinett’s Better Back Meal Plan, tips on how to deal with stress-induced back pain, and quizzes to determine the cause of your back pain. To download the free ebook, click here.