Four Practical Tips to Cope with Back Pain
Besides the belly popping out, another major problem from sitting in front of your computer -- at work or at home -- can arise is the back pain, a common medical problem that affects 8 out of 10 persons at some point during their lives. However, sitting for long hours isn't the only cause of back pain; health experts affirm several other factors behind this problem.
The fear factor is that with the greatest advance of science, we, humans, are becoming increasingly lazy and futile. Our physical activities have been reduced by 40% - 50% than our ancestors. As a result, today common health issues, like obesity and back pain, have become the utmost medical challenges.
Before moving this story ahead, first I need to inform that I'm a pharmacist by profession and worked in three main stream pharmaceutical companies.
Anyway, let's get back to the story. I was a back pain sufferer for nearly a year. Initially, I continued ketorolac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, for two weeks, but it didn't make any significant change. The pain was always there and the drug was just temporarily relieving my pain. A few days after continuing the drug, I found that the usual dose was not working anymore. The option I had was either to increase the dose of ketorolac or to try an alternative pain medication.
Well, it was a kind of wakeup call for me, though I was a bit disappointed with ketorolac. But I then realized that this problem could worse with drugs, because they aren't a permanent solution for pain.
For your information: Most pain medications -- either narcotic or nonnarcotic -- work by binding to receptors in the brain and blocking the effects of special enzymes. Depending on the half-life, these drugs help alleviate pain for a certain duration (e.g. 4 hrs, 6hrs, 8hrs, 12 hrs, etc.). However, they also come up with some serious side effects.
After becoming conscious about the consequences of continuing an analgesic, I came to a decision that I must quit ketorolac and should dig dipper and cure the problem from the root. The lines below are some tips that helped me deal with my back pain. Hope it would help you, as well.
One of the major reasons behind the problem of back pain is the way you stand. Moreover, if it is not the reason, it can still amplify your back pain caused by some other reason. When you stand, you need to keep your shoulders pushed back with the chest out so that the back remains straight. Moreover, you also need to adjust the position of your head between the shoulders and keep it straight. Thus, if you stand with a posture where your shoulders are in a circle, all the pressure is placed one leg, and the shoulders and hips balance is uneven, then you are at a higher risk of either experiencing or amplifying back pain. Therefore, when standing, keep your body straight as if you are proud of it.
Without any argument, sitting improperly for long hours is the major cause of back pain. Sitting in front of a computer in an improper way takes the force out of the core thus causing back pain. Health experts recommend using a Fit ball of an extended size to be used for the purpose of sitting. However, experts recommend abstaining from long hour’s use of Fit ball, rather it should be used only for a few hours spent in front of the computer. Like, you can mix it up by sitting half an hour on the ball and the other half hour on the chair. This way you ensure that the core remains strong and the back pain does not occur.
The common solution for relief from back pain is to lie down on bed and stay there until the pain goes off. This is a wrong approach, as when you lie with pain, the muscles atrophy, as a result of which the connective muscles and tissues shorten, thus causing more pain instead of relief. However, the counter measure that is effective for back pain is stretching. When you stretch, you elongate the connective tissues thus faster recovery from the pain. Therefore, when you experience prolonged back pain, then don’t just keep on laying down, rather stretch a little, it surely will help.
The other major factor causing back pain and which because of its intrinsic value is often undermined is proper nutrition. You can use the foods rich in protein and vitamin D to make your bones strong or consume the best natural energy supplements available in the market that give you vitality to fight all kinds of pain. Thus, don’t take your nutrition lightly, rather eat the best only.
Back pain is one of the major culprits that does not let you be physical active, or in severe cases hinders in your performing of daily activities. In short, back pain is one of the serious and increasingly growing problems. Thus, nobody wants to be a victim of this apparently simple problem. However, by adjusting the way we sit, stand, and sleep, anyone can fight with his/her back pain in a better way to keep it away.