6 Ways to Get Rid Of Back Pain For Good

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  July 17, 2018
  • Try to fix your insomnia
    1 / 6 Try to fix your insomnia

    According to an Israeli study, 60 to 80 per cent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Interestingly, about 50 per cent of these sufferers also report having insomnia, often experiencing problems going to sleep or waking through the night. While insomnia has been linked to increased sensitivity to pain, this study revealed that women with insomnia were more prone to have back pain. If you suffer from both, ask your doctor about how you could fix your sleepless nights.

    (Also Read: 8 Foods to Eat Before Bed for the Best Sleep Ever)

    All images: Pixabay

    Read more
  • Minimise your stress
    2 / 6 Minimise your stress

    Though it may be hard to avoid, stress could cause you to be restless and cause muscles to tense up. Heat and massages are some non-medicated ways to relax a sore back. Some studies have also shown that mindfulness techniques, like trying to identify and overcome sensations of pain and discomfort, may also help.

    (Also Read: 4 Easy Ways to Practice Mindfulness to Reduce Stress in Your Life)

    Read more
  • Seek help for depression
    3 / 6 Seek help for depression

    Depression is often associated with chronic pain, including back pain, causing sufferers to feel discomfort more acutely than usual. Unfortunately, debilitating back pain can cause depression as well. Seek help early on to prevent either condition from getting worse.

    (Also Read: 7 Signs You Could Be Having Depression)

    Read more
  • Train your deep core muscles
    4 / 6 Train your deep core muscles

    If you run a lot and suffer from back pain, it may be because your core muscles are not strong enough to stabilise you. A recent study by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the US shares that many runners have weak cores, leaving surface muscles tired and sore as they work hard to maintain your posture. Ab exercises like sit-ups may not be the best for strengthening deeper muscles. Instead, if you want to be a better runner and get rid of back pain at the same time, try workouts that work on stabilising your mid-section, such as planks, or exercises done on balance-training devices such as bosu balls.

    (Also Read: 6 Best Bodyweight Exercises to Build Core Strength)

    Read more
  • Stop sitting for long hours
    5 / 6 Stop sitting for long hours

    Sitting has been linked to health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, and yes, back problems too. Our anatomy simply isn’t designed for sitting for long hours, which puts painful strain on our spine and its supporting ligaments. Try getting up several times an hour to move around, whether it’s for a toilet break or to get some water.

    (Also Read: Do This 10-Minute Workout to Reverse The Negative Effects of Sitting Down)

    Read more
  • Quit those cigarettes
    6 / 6 Quit those cigarettes

    Getting rid of cigarettes may help you get rid of back pain too. According to research by the US-based Northwestern University, smokers tend to be three times more susceptible to back pain, and this could be because addiction makes them less resilient to pain signals.

    (Also Read: How to Quit Smoking)

    Read more