14 Jun 4 Ways to Manage Lower Back Pain for Less than $5 a day
4 Ways to Manage Lower Back Pain for Less than $5 a Day
by Sarah Watson – Managing Director, Clarity Wellness Centre
Are you experiencing regular lower back pain?
Well, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of Australians suffer from undiagnosed nonspecific lower back pain. Meaning that: you do not have any spinal injury or degeneration, but the experience of pain and discomfort. Here are some simple tips to help manage your pain, and prevent it from degenerating into a chronic problem:
The most common mistake people make when experiencing low back pain is to stay very, very still. Bracing your back in case it “goes” or “gives way” or whichever other term you like to use, is only serving to further stiffen the area, reduce blood flow and keep you stuck. A gentle stroll, swim or low-impact exercise such as bike riding can work wonders for freeing up a stiff spine.
2. Monthly Massage
I know what you’re thinking: “A massage is more than $5!” and I must award you a mathematics medal, it is more than that….BUT, research has shown that regular massage significantly reduces the occurrence of lower back pain, and 1 remedial massage a month is the equivalent of $3/day. So, swap up that daily inflammatory coffee, and treat yourself to some good care instead.
3. Pilates Classes
Pilates is a movement which is designed to strengthen your core, increase flexibility and general strength. It is an incredibly effective tool for easing lower back pain and maintaining strong and healthy posture. There are a number of fantastic pilates studios around, including our neighbours at Club Rhythm who provide a range of pilates services for different levels. Classes start at just $30, so you can attend 1 per week for under $5/day.
4. Reduce inflammatory foods
Sugar, caffeine, dairy, gluten….yes, all of these delicious food stuffs have been linked to the chronic pain cycle. Speak to a qualified naturopath (like Steph Stack from In Fine Fettle or nutritionist to see how your diet may be affecting your pain management.
Of course, it is imperative that you seek advice from your trusted health care ally, be that your doctor, massage therapist, physio, chiro or your Mum. Make sure you’re doing what is best for you. Remember, you’ve only got one body, so best take care of it.
Sarah @ Clarity