February 8, 2020
When your close friend asks you to help him move, you happily agree. But with the very first box, your back has started to tighten up and feel uncomfortable. You’re tired of experiencing back pain on a consistent basis, but it doesn’t have to be a part of your life. Believe it or not, there are simple things you can do to reduce your pain and help your body avoid pain.
Plant-Based Diet and Nutritional Supplements
Have you ever heard the old adage “you are what you eat”? The kinds of food you choose to ingest can either give your body fuel or promote fat production in your liver. This means that your diet impacts your overall well-being and quality of life, including avoiding pain. When you experience indigestion, gut health issues, and other problems resulting from your diet, your body can’t function as smoothly and as well as it should. In addition, eating the right fruits and vegetables can help you lose excess weight that may be putting pressure on your knees and back.
Although you ideally want to get all your nutrition from your diet, it can be helpful to take supplements. That way, you’re sure to get the amount of vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body running at optimal levels.
When you exercise, you build up your strength and give added support to your joints and core. Basically, it can help you avoid injury. For instance, building muscles in your back and abdomen can stabilize these areas, preventing lower back pain. Make sure you use proper technique when you exercise, particularly when lifting weights. Remember to “lift with the legs,” not your back. And obviously, you shouldn’t push yourself beyond your physical limits. Listen to your body and get plenty of rest.
Exercise doesn’t always have to be performed in a gym. You can implement physical activity into your lifestyle by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking a little farther away from the front door so you walk more, and using a stand-up desk at work.
Believe it or not, regular appointments with your chiropractor can help you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle. Not only can they relieve neck, back, and knee pain as needed, but they can give you an exercise regimen that is suitable for your situation, provide professional tips for optimizing health overall, and recommend supplements that can beneficial for managing your pain.
When you take the time and effort to care of your body, it will take care of you and enable you to do the things you want to accomplish in life. These small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in your well-being and ultimately lead you to experience less pain in your day-to-day.
About the Author
Dr. Chad Wills has been a practicing chiropractor for about 20 years and likes getting to help his patients lead healthier lifestyles. In his spare time, when he’s not spending time with his family, he enjoys participating in triathlons and frequently trains by running, swimming, and cycling to stay physically fit. If you have questions about staying healthy, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact Dr. Wills at Wills Chiropractic.
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