Your lower back aches when you walk the dog. Pain in the lower back keeps you from playing with your grandchildren. These are just some of the difficulties that living with chronic low back pain can cause.
Unfortunately, this form of back pain is all too common. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that at any given time about 31 million people are dealing with low back pain. It’s also estimated that up to 10%, or 3.1 million, of these cases will develop into chronic back pain. However, there are several tips that can help if you’re living with chronic low back pain.
These three tips can help reduce chronic low back pain
Most people who live with chronic low back pain don’t necessarily experience pain every day. They tend to have days where the pain is worse and others where it’s less instead, but there are tips that can help reduce your pain on either type of day.
Three tips that can help you better manage your chronic low back pain are:
Breathe — A natural reaction to any type of pain is to tense up. But this can just make the pain worse. Rather than giving in and tensing up when your back pain spikes, try taking a few deep breaths. This can help promote relaxation in your back muscles and lead to less pain.
Practice mindfulness — Have you heard the old saying, “Mind over matter”? Research is showing that this saying may be true for people with low back pain. One study reveals that practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction helped reduce back pain by almost 44%.
Attend physical therapy — Some forms of lower back pain are treated with surgery, including spinal stenosis. Researchers report that physical therapy (PT) can do just as good a job treating spinal stenosis pain as surgery. Additionally, they reveal that 15% fewer people developed complications while using PT compared to surgery.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers treatment for chronic low back pain
You don’t have to continue dealing with chronic low back pain on your own. Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is ready to help you find ways to reduce your pain. We offer free screenings designed to help us learn how and when back pain is affecting you. Our team can then build you an individualized therapy plan intended to treat your pain and reduce how often it occurs.
In addition to in-clinic physical therapy, our team offers virtual care and at-home therapy sessions that allow you to get therapy without leaving home. You can even use any of our therapy services without going through the hassle of getting a doctor’s referral.
Contact our team today for more information about our back-pain treatment options or to schedule an initial appointment.