Therapies in Rockford Back Pain Center
An estimated 50 percent to 80 percent of American adults will experience back pain. Whether because of a traumatic accident, a simple injury or osteoarthritis, there are ways to find relief. If you have a type of inflammatory arthritis such as ankylosing spondylitis or non-radiographic axial spondylarthritis, you also need to seek care from a rheumatologist in Rockford back pain center to manage the inflammation that is driving your back pain. But these self-care tips can help to ease back pain.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Heat may be dry or moist. Dry heat sources include heat lamps, heating pads or “wearable” disposable heat packs that you can find at most grocery stores or pharmacies. Moist heat sources include warm baths and washcloths soaked in warm water.
Soaking in a warm tub can be a good way to apply heat to all parts of the body at once, especially if you ache all over with fibromyalgia or if you have arthritis in several joints.
Applying a cold compress can reduce pain and swelling. Cold therapy also can numb the affected nerves and distract your mind from the source of your pain. But, using ice for too long can cause stiffness. Use cold for pain in the first 24 to 48 hours after pain starts. To avoid causing damage to the skin, apply cold packs for no more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Always put a towel between your skin and the cold pack.
Physical therapy in Rockford back pain center can strengthen the muscles in your back to help relieve back pain or regain motion. Recent research shows that exercises designed to strengthen back muscles may be useful even if you don’t have back pain yet. For elderly women, back-strengthening exercises can help to reduce the possibility of fracturing the vertebrae (individual bones) of the spine.
Warm water is a good place to stretch and strengthen your back muscles. Water allows your muscles to relax and acts as resistance to help build muscle strength. Buoyancy makes it feel easier and more comfortable to exercise. To get a full-body workout in the water, you’ll need access to a heated pool. You can do warm-water exercise on a smaller scale in your own tub, spa or whirlpool bath.
Studies show that many people who get massages for back pain report less pain and anxiety and improved sleep. They also demonstrated better low back flexibility and had higher levels of pain-relieving hormones (called endorphins).
Yoga and tai chi in Rockford back pain center are both excellent for back pain. Yoga’s breathing exercises, postures and meditation practices, when performed daily, have been shown to improve flexibility and balance, regulate heart rate, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety, which can worsen back pain. For people with osteoarthritis, tai chi has the added benefit of improving balance as well as easing back pain.
Feeling pain worsens stress and stress heightens the awareness and feelings of discomfort. Journaling, talking with a counselor or trying guided imagery can help take your focus off your stress and pain. You also can try progressive relaxation in which you progressively tense and relax your body’s muscles from head to toe.
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Dr. Kyle Olson attended the National University of Health Sciences for his doctorate degree with outpatient clinical residencies in Lombard, IL, downtown Chicago, and the Chicago Salvation Army headquarters. Each clinic experience presented a unique and eye opening experience about the scope and severity of human health.
After earning his Doctorate, Dr. Kyle moved to Rockford, Illinois to practice at Chiropractic First of Rockford, a Maximized Living Health Center, in 2013.