Back pain is the 6th most expensive health condition in the US, with health care and indirect cost reaching up to $12 billion annually. Unfortunately, back pain is a chronic condition for 8% of all American adults.
It is hard to explain where chronic back pain comes from. There could be a variety of sources, ranging from injury to fibromyalgia. However, what you may not realize is that someone prone to soreness as a result of their lifestyle could struggle with excessive inflammation if they fail to make the necessary changes. We’ve all woken up feeling sore after spending an uncomfortable night on a bad mattress, for instance. But, if you don’t choose to change the mattress, the temporary inflammation could turn permanent. So, here are some essential transformations you can make at home to avoid back pain.
Invest in a neck massager
We’ve all had a bad day when stress or an awkward move lead to back, shoulder, or neck pain. Typically, once the muscles relax, the pain disappears. However, if you find yourself tensing your muscles preventively – to avoid pain – you could aggravate the situation. Using a massage gadget can help you relax and alleviate soreness. Not sure where to start? Take a look at some relaxation gadgets, such as the ones mentioned on the Wellue Health Blog for pregnancy use. Ultimately, you don’t need to be pregnant to use a neck massager! And it will prevent further tensions.
Get a supportive cushion
The majority of adults are careful to upgrade their mattress when it becomes too loose or old. But how many adults check their pillows? A bad pillow could lead to back pain too. You need an ergonomic pillow that can provide neck support as you sleep. Ultimately, if you’re prone to experiencing back pain despite a firm mattress, it’s a good idea to experiment with pillows. Indeed, the right pillow can reduce the pressure on your shoulder and lower neck.
It’s time for an ergonomic home office
Can changing your home office setting improve your back? The answer is not as simple as that. An ergonomic chair setting will help you maintain a good posture at your desk. You’re less likely to create tensions in your back. However, the right chair doesn’t eliminate the risk of back pain. Indeed, a sitting position can be damaging for your spine and back muscles. Stay active: Make a point of getting up and walking regularly throughout the day.
Sleep with your socks on
How do socks affect your back? During wintertime, nights can get chilly. You might find yourself shivering at first as you lie down in a cold bed. Ultimately, you’ll fall asleep and stop noticing the temperature. But if turning the heating up isn’t an option, you may want to add a few extra layers to your PJs. A pair of socks can help regulate body temperature. Your extremities are the first to get cold and the last to get warm. So wearing socks in bed can prevent involuntary tensions as your muscles tighten against the cold.
In conclusion, managing occasional back pain by changing some of your routines at home can help reduce the risk of developing chronic back pain. While it doesn’t prevent unrelated conditions from developing, it puts you in control of your back health.