Good day Neighbors!
Many of you know that a little over a year ago I had severe back pain. We were on a trip to Chicago and the pain just kept getting worse and worse. During this time many suggestions were made for helping with the pain. I heard everything; chiropractor, surgery, inversion table, physical therapy, just to name a few.
Have you ever used an inversion table? We have a friend who purchased one for his health and he thinks it is great. Unfortunately he lives so far away I haven't even had a chance to see if it would help any. I have heard that they are great for taking pressure off the back. Maybe someday.
I did go to see a chiropractor, but he would not even attempt to adjust my back. He figured it was a disc and was afraid to cause more damage. He suggested I visit an emergency room. My husband agreed. Well, he was right. I had a bulging disc and that is also when I found out I had diabetes. Since then I have been working on several things to help relieve the back pain.
First of all I began dieting as weight loss will help to take pressure off my back. I also had to change my diet because of the diabetes. I have completely removed sugar, white flour and most foods that are high in carbs.
I also began walking on a treadmill. I was going to walk the neighborhood, but it is too easy to avoid walking due to heat or rain. Not to mention the roads are not the best and I definitely did not want to injure my back anymore by twisting or stumbling. I started slow and slowly increased my speed and distance. I can always tell when I skip a day. I do some small stretches to loosen up the muscles.
When traveling, I have to remember to get out and walk every half hour or so, or I can feel the pain starting. I have a small pillow I place behind my lower back. This really seems to help. A friend of ours has a special seat he sits on, but I nave never tried one of these.
When I sleep, I always sleep on my side. I place a small pillow between my knees. I actually did this during pregnancy and have returned to it to assist with my back pain. It actually helps!
If any of you has a special exercise or suggestion that would help with lower back pain, please share it with me. I am always willing to try something new to help!
Disclosure:This is a sponsored post for Healthy Back, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.