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Back Pain Prevention – Aria Pain Management Center

80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. The pain usually recurs and gets increasingly more severe with time. It can happen to anyone at any age, and usually affects people who are very sedentary or on the other end of the spectrum- those who perform hard manual labor. At Aria Health and Wellness Institute’s Pain Management Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, our goal is to provide a holistic approach to treat and manage all types of pain. Today we will be bringing you tips on how to prevent back pain from occurring and take good care of your spinal health. pain management center

 

Get Up and Move

One of the negatives of the Age of Technology is that our work environment has become almost exclusively sedentary. We sit for hours at a time with very little movement which can cause tension an injury to your spine. If you have a desk job, be sure and move about, reposition yourself, stand up and walk around for a bit every 1-2 hours. This simple tip can prevent tremendous pain and suffering in the long run. You might not feel the need to if your used to sitting at the computer for hours but set a timer if need be, and put into your daily schedule. Your back will say thank you for many years to come.

Maintain Good Posture

Slouching, while you type and text, or just walking with poor posture is a primary contributor to back pain. Gone are the days when our parents made us walk trying to balance a book atop our heads. Be cognizant if you find that your shoulders droop or your lean forward as you work and make a conscious effort to sit using ergonomically designed equipment to support the curves of your back. If you find that your slouch when you stand, lift your shoulders, up, down and back in a curving motion as you straighten your spine. Good posture increase lung capacity- your body has more room to breathe- and will help maintain good spinal health.

Exercise

Movement of your body, and regular exercise will help keep your back in shape. Muscles and bones are designed to move and when you don’t, your spinal cord, muscles and nerves are impacted negatively. The old adage comes to mind, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”  When your body is not exercised regularly, your bones and muscles become more fragile making even the simplest tasks difficult. In addition, a lack of exercise will make you more prone to injury. So walk, run, jog, swim, play tennis or dance- whatever your preference. Your back will thank you.

Sleep On Your Side

Sleeping on your side is best for your spinal health. There is much evidence to suggest that going to sleep on your left side is the healthiest way to sleep for overall well-being, including digestive and circulatory health.  If you are a tummy sleeper, place a pillow underneath your lower abdomen to decrease strain on your back and prevent injury. Try and alternate and wean yourself off this position if at all possible to a side lying one.

At the Pain Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, pain management is provided from an integrative and holistic approach. Incorporating these tips on preventing back pain will help you maintain and support good spinal health. Back pain, its prevention and treatment will be an ongoing topic for discussion in the upcoming months.

The Right Pain Clinic In St. Petersburg, FL.

Pain Management

Aria Health and Wellness Institute’s Pain Clinic in St. Petersburg Florida provides a holistic approach to pain management. All of us have experienced pain in one form or another during our lifetime and dealing with pain is sometimes a bewildering and frightening experience. We will be bringing you tips and research from a variety of perspectives so you can improve your functionality and enjoy your daily activities more fully.

The first step to managing your pain is determining the cause. When you experience pain the body is telling you something is not right. If you experience any pain, get evaluated by your physician so the cause of the pain can be determined and a treatment plan can be made tailored specifically to your needs.

Pain is subjective, meaning no one can tell you how you feel, and what you experience as pain. The level you feel varies in each individual. So while two people might both have a broken ankle, each person might rate the level of pain they experience very differently. Each person has a different threshold, or tolerance for pain and should be treated accordingly.

There are variety of approaches and treatment modalities used to get relief from the pain you’re experiencing. Here at the Aria Pain Clinic in St. Petersburg Florida, you will have access to a variety of services that can help you along the road towards pain relief and wellness.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and massage have been used for thousands of years in China to help treat a variety of medical symptoms. According to Chinese tradition, Qi (pronounced chee) – or energy flows though different meridians or planes of the body. Each meridian connects to a specific organ. When Qi lines are blocked illness or pain ensues. Acupuncture helps access and treat those blockages so QI can flow freely through the body.

Massage Therapy

Massage is used to reduce pain in several of areas of the body. There are a variety of types of massage, mostly using the hands and fingers to rub and manipulate soft tissue and muscles to relieve stress, pressure and pain from joints and muscles. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years utilized in countries such as Rome, Egypt, China and India. Hippocrates called medicine, “the art of rubbing,” and many people find tremendous relief from pain, stress and anxiety through massage therapy.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists help increase mobility and function of limbs through movement and exercise. This movement decreases pain and helps prevent obesity. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the use of physical therapy for back pain, helps lower the amount of medications, injections and surgery used.

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine deals primarily with the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractors help patients find pain relief from nerve, muscle and skeletal issues by providing manipulations and manual adjustments which relieve acute and chronic pain symptoms.

Medications

There are a variety of medications used to help treat pain. Depending on your coexisting medical conditions, your doctor will prescribe one that is best suited for the type of pain you’re experiencing and take into account any other medical conditions you might have. One of the things to always keep in mind is the timing of your medication. If you know for instance you want to try a more vigorous exercise, such as tennis, and you know your back acts up, take the medication an hour or so prior to beginning your game so you can play your best and enjoy your time on the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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