Is lower back pain causing you to sit on the sidelines? Don’t be too quick to dismiss chronic back pain as an inevitable symptom of aging. There are myriad reasons why you might be suffering, but you don’t have to live with it.
We have a tendency, when we are in pain, to tighten up, to tense the muscles, rather than relax them. When you are experiencing lower back pain you may be making it worse by staying stiff and immobile. Simple stretches and low impact exercises may provide short term relief and help improve the condition over time. Before you begin a new exercise regimen, however, please consult a doctor or physical therapist.
Make a habit of stretching every morning as soon as you get out of bed. This ritual is healthy for the mind as well as the body. Exercise in a clean and comfortable space, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and perhaps lying on a yoga mat or thick towel.
Stretching should not cause you pain, so don’t overdo it in an effort to heal all at once. Ease into stretches and breathe deeply; do not bounce or jerk the body. Hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds, to give muscles and joints an opportunity to become loose. Repeat the stretch. If it feels good, do it. If it hurts, stop.
Try this one: sit on the floor with your legs outstretched. Extend your legs, feet flexed and reach over toward your toes, exhaling as you go. Do only as much as your body will allow. This classic hamstring stretch will increase flexibility over time and can feel fantastic as a respite from lower back pain.
If you are unable to sit or lie on the floor, try this chair exercise to relieve lower back pain and sciatica. Sit on the edge of a chair and extend one leg with your heel on the floor and your toes pointed toward the ceiling. Sit up as straight as you can and slowly roll the pelvis forward, keeping your back flat. This is a stretch to hold and really sink into. Do not curve your back or bounce in this position.
If stretching and other exercises are not improving your condition, platelet-rich plasma therapy might be a good approach. PRP therapy is a new technology that uses the patient’s own highly concentrated blood in an injection to the discs to incite growth factors to repair and regenerate tissue. This type of biologic therapy may be preferable to surgery or prescription medications for those who are experiencing lumbar pain.
Your body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. At Evolved Medical we love connecting patients with the right type of therapy for pain, aging, and other ongoing medical issues. Call for a free PRP therapy consultation in San Mateo, Lafayette, Santa Cruz or Monterey if you want to be free of lower back pain.