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Did you know that May is National Arthritis Month? 53 million Americans are affected by Arthritis. While I haven’t been diagnosed with it yes, I do suffer from ongoing back issues. My pain stems from issues in my SI Joint, also know as the sacroiliac joint. The SI Joint is between the sacrum and the ilium bones of the pelvis. The ilium bones support each side of the sacrum which supports the spine. I get flare ups of my SI Joint, which can cause a lot of discomfort. I have to baby my back when it gets uncomfortable. When it’s really bad I see my chiropractor, but I try to avoid that by taking care of my sensitive back on a daily basis. Here are my tips for dealing with chronic back pain.
Tips for How to Deal with Back Pain
1. Daily Walking – When you have back pain, it is important to keep moving around. I walk at least 10,000 steps every day. I will go slower on days when my back is hurting, but I still walk.
2. Good Support – Our bodies take a beating throughout the day. It’s important to make sure they are supported with good shoes. I have been teased as being a shoe snob, but that is one area that I won’t skimp on. If I don’t wear the appropriate support on my feet, my back will flare quickly. It’s also important to have a supportive mattress and pillow. We have a high-quality memory foam mattress and pillow. My back acts up when we travel and stay on lesser quality beds.
3. Stretching – When my back is in pain, I find that stretching is one of the best ways to deal with it. I have to go slow the first few days, but I am usually able to increase my range of motion as my pain diminishes. I need to do a better job of stretching when I do not have back pain!
4. Core Strengthening – As I age, I’ve discovered how important it is to strengthen my core. The best way to do this is with planks. When my back is in pain, I seem to lose all control over my stomach muscles. When it’s too difficult to do a plank, I do stomach crunches on an exercise ball.
5. Proper Posture – I have to be careful with the type of chairs I sit in. Most sofas hurt my back immediately. I usually opt for a firm chair and I try to sit with a straight back and my knees set at a 90-degree angle. Slouching or crossing my knees or ankles often leads to pain. I also try to stand and walk with a straight back.
6. Take a Pain Reliever – When I need a little extra help with coping with my back pain, I seek relief with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil. Among the OTC pain relievers, nothing is proven stronger on Arthritis and other joint pain* than Advil. *For minor arthritis pain.
Advil now comes with a variety of EZ open caps, which are perfect for people struggling with Arthritis. You can find Advil in the Pain & Fever aisle at Walmart. Ask a doctor before use if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn.Nexium 24HR also comes with EZ open caps which are perfect for people that suffer from arthritis or bone and joint pain. Nexium 24HR can be found in the antacid aisle at Walmart.Do you suffer from Arthritis or chronic joint pain? How do you deal with it? Sign up now for the Better Living Toolkit which is filled with information and resources to help you say YES to better living.
posted 19 May 2016