Back and Neck Pain: What You Can Do to Stop It

StretchingIt’s not a far stretch of the truth to say that almost everyone, at some point in their lives, has experienced back or neck pain. According to a recent article in the New York Times, as many as 80 percent of Americans have to deal with this problem, and you might be one of them – I know I am.

The most alarming fact of this article is that a large portion of our back aches are the result of our own doing: poor posture, weak muscles and a general disregard for just how hard our backs work for us.

But, fear not! There are many things you can do to stop back pain in its tracks, and prevent it from haunting you again. The American Chiropractic Association has come up with this handy list of tips for a healthier spine, among which are instructions for proper heavy lifting techniques.

You can also check out a quick slideshow from WebMD on common back pain facts and myths.

Although there are back conditions which may require a visit to your doctor, there are also a number of tools available for managing your own back and neck pain. You can find some of those tools here, as well as a series of videos from a health expert on back health and pain management. And remember, a healthy back not only means less pain but a better posture, stronger muscles, and even easier breathing.

What has been your experience with back pain? Are there any techniques you’ve found work well for eliminating this pesky pain?

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  1. One of the most important things to consider in terms of a healthy back and neck is posture. Good posture involves training your body to sit, walk, lie and stand in positions that put the least strain on your body as possible. Always try to move about and alternate your position every few minutes if you have to stand for a long period of time. This keeps your muscles and spine relaxed.

    Suffering with back or neck problems can be painful. Try some of the following tips to help reduce the pain:
    -Use ice or heat. Both ice and heat can reduce muscle pain and make you more comfortable.-Start moving around. Gradually increase your activity as soon as you can – walking is one of the best and safest exercises. Gradually increase your activities until you return to normal levels.-Use a supportive pillow. A good quality cervical pillow will help to keep your spine and neck in a neutral position.

  2. Comprehensive Approach
    As a chiropractor, fitness trainer and nutritionist I have found that a comprehensive approach works best when working with patients suffering with low back pain. If someone is a couch potato, is way out of shape and eats junk food all day, I have my work cut out for me. On the other hand, when fitness concious people enter my practice who have good eating habits they tend to get better vey quickly.
    After 15 years in practice here is the combination I find works most of the time:
    Begin a core exercise program. If you’re not certain what this is, you can try the one I recommend to my patients by visiting my site http://www.drneillevin.com and choosing “videos” and then “core exercises.”
    If you’re not taking fish or krill oil and vitamin D, begin immediately. If you’re not sure how much to take, you can find several articles on the subject on my website.
    Eat less junk and more health food. Just like a car needs good fuel to run properly, your body does as well. In this case the proper fuel consists of lots of healthy fruits and vegetables, healthy meats, nuts, beans, whole grains and the like. Sugar, empty carbs and fried foods create inflammation in your body which is the last thing you want.
    Get checked by a good chiropractor. If you don’t know one in your area, ask your friends and associates who they use. Then go to the one people rave about. Just like anything other profession, some chiropractors are better (and care more) than others. What the chiropractor will do for you is find your stuck and misaligned joints which are irritating your nerves. Once found and adjusted, these joints will begin to work properly again allowing your spine and nervous system to function more normally. I personally find that working on the associated tight (or weak) muscles speeds the process dramatically. By addressing all of these steps at once your odds of making a rapid and successful recovery go up dramatically. I recently wrote an article called “Banish Your Back Pain” which addresses all of the above more comprehensively. If you would like to view it just go to: http://www.drneillevin.com/ordereze/Content/55/PageDetails.aspx. Best of luck and Feel Great.Dr. Neil

    1. Thank you for taking the time to give our readers some advice from the processional side of things, I’m glad you’ve extended yourself as a resource to readers in need!

  3. Our Posture is a major reason for any kind of problem which are related to pain like neck pain,back pain but to get relief we have to do regular exercise in a proper manner.

  4. I’ve experienced some low back pain as a result of sports and martial arts. I find that maintaining proper posture sitting, standing, and moving is the best way to keep my back healthy. 

    The Comprehensive Approach Dr. Neil discusses above sounds like a solid trio as well. I like the synergy of chiropractors and fitness professionals. Of course healthy eating is a must for good health. 

  5. One of the best way to ease or stop back and neck pain is to go to the best chiropractor. They help 
    diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health.

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