How to Manage Herniated Disc Pain
There are plenty of ways to hurt your back in San Francisco: running to make the BART each day, straining your back walking the big sloping streets, or sitting too long at your desk at the new start-up company you’re working for. Whether back pain and herniated discs stem from a compression injury or wear and tear Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District say Chiropractic BioPhysics could pinpoint the source of your pain – but there are ways to manage the pain before you get in to your chiropractor’s office.
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Chronic lower back pain can occur for various reasons and it is in fact one of the most common ailments people will suffer from over their lifetime. Approximately 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives and a high percentage of those injuries will be from a herniated disc. Because of the way our body is designed, our body will react almost instantaneously to pain or an injury. Your body will use all its natural, organic resources to heal an injury. The same goes for herniated discs. Although back injuries may take months or years to heal on their own, you can speed up the process by taking great care of yourself and treating your body right. Eating healthy, taking supplements and drinking plenty of water will help in the healing process by reducing inflammation.
Because our backs take the majority of pressure on a daily basis (walking, running, sitting, driving), it is important to take time everyday to decompress our spine in order to strengthen it and avoid lasting damage. Try this when you get home from work: lie down on your back and put your legs up against a wall. This simple stretch is not only relaxing after a long day of work but it is also great for your lower back. Also, when you sleep at night, put an extra pillow under your knees to relax your back.
As much as you want to sit down on the couch after a long day at work, you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Exercise seems like a terrible idea to revert pain but it is actually really good for back pain. Walking, yoga, swimming, jogging on soft surfaces (like sand or grass) and lots of stretching are great ways to reduce inflammation.
If you are struggling with daily back pain, all of the doctors here at PostureWorks want to help you eliminate pain all together and have the training to do so. We specialize in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB) – a highly-advanced, scientific, and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment.
Our systematic method of screening allows us to quickly determine which necessary tests allow us to identify the exact source of your problem and eliminates the hassle and added expense of over utilized testing.
If you are experiencing unresolved chronic back pain and would like to know more about the positive effects of CPB, please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 for a free consultation.