My job is very sedentary. When I really got into the zone in during a work day, I would find myself sitting for several straight hours without getting up to walk around once. Because of this, over the past year and a half I’ve developed this dull ache in my back. It got to the point to where I wouldn’t be able to lay on my back when I was lying in bed, or I’d be sitting (yet again) in a meeting and all I could focus on was the ache in my back.
About a month ago, I got fed up with it. I knew this wasn’t something I had to deal with moving forward so I made an appointment with a chiropractor. I can’t recommend going to a chiropractor enough. Together, we figured out ways to help relieve my back pain, and things I could do to make it a little less painful to sit in my desk all day (aka do my job). One of my friends likes to say, “If you have a spine you need to see a chiropractor!”
Just as suuuuupperrrrr quick FYI, I am not a medical professional in anyway. This is what was recommended by my doctor and it’s worked for me so I figured I’d share.
GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR
Seriously, go to one. If you have insurance & a spine, drop what you’re doing now and go. When I went to my initial visit, we discussed how my back was feeling, she watched me doing some simple stretches, and then worked the muscles in my back. Suprisingly, nothing cracked. BUT, once everything was said and done I felt GREAT. Along with weekly followups for about a month, along with her recommendation of the standing desk at my office. Everything started to feel normal again.
I ice my lower back during my commute to work in the morning, and again in the evening after I get home from Orange Theory. I bought an ice pack that doesn’t freeze rock solid, but it’s more like a frozen gel. It conforms to my lower back, and if you wrap a hand towel around it and put on your favorite Netflix show you’ll kinda forget it’s there until you take it off and realize your back pain is relieved/gone.
I personally don’t own a spike massage ball, my coworker in the cube next to me does and we share it during the day. When I use it on my back, I would stand against a wall, put the ball between me and the wall on the area that’s hurting, and just ~shimmy~. It’s a sight to see, but if it’s something that relieves my back pain then idgaf.
ELECTRONIC PULSE MASSAGER
This little baby is the best. I use it about 2-3 times per week, and it’s a life saver. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ice pack, I love using the massage ball, but this electronic pulse massager is my new best friend for my back. It has 4 sticky pads that I stick on the part of my back that aching, set the timer for 20 minutes, & just relax. It makes your muscles relax and contract, and after that 20 minutes of using it my pain is gone. It’s also not just for your back. You can use it for you neck, legs, or any part of your body that hurts. The one I linked is the one that I have, and my chiropractor told me that it was important to get one with a timer because it’s easy to put it on and forget it’s there. You don’t want to leave it on for more than half an hour, and speaking from experience it feels really good when you’re using it, and it’s easy to forget it’s there. I’ll forget I’m wearing it until it turns off pretty much every time .
How do you help combat back pain? Anything you recommend that I’m not trying?
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