If you are suffering from chronic back pain, you are not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 31 million Americans experience low-back pain either at one point or chronically throughout their lives. There are ways you can take your life back and alleviate symptoms associated with treating this condition. Check out some effective ways to find relief for your back, once and for all.

Seek Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is when a trained professional treats to manipulate and mobilize your spine. In turn, this helps to treat causes of back pain, not just the symptoms. A chiropractor can work to bring back your mobility and show you methods to prevent further, chronic pain.

Strengthen Your Core
Your back works alongside your core. When you experience back pain, having a strong midsection will reduce and eventually, prevent those symptoms. Maintaining strength in your core muscles will prevent you from straining and injuring your back. Be careful not to do sit-ups as this can place more strain on your back. Instead, try full body strengthening exercises to keep your spine straightened while working on your core. This will help with preventing more back pain from exercise.

Hot and Cold Pads
Using hot and cold pads are great methods to reduce back pain. A hot pad can loosen tight muscles that are causing you to feel strained. Cold pads work to reduce inflammation in areas that feel painful. A combination method of hot and cold can do wonders for your chronic pain and provide relief for your back.

Regular Stretching
If you constantly experience pain in your upper and/or lower back, you should be doing daily exercises to help stretch your entire body. Back pain can stem from other strained muscles in nearby regions. For instance, tight hamstrings or quadriceps can contribute to pain associated in your back. Using a foam roller on tight areas or practicing yoga can be beneficial to reducing your pain.

Back pain is certainly a common issue for many Americans. It can affect the way we go about our days and prevent us from enjoying a full quality of life. Treating it with these effective methods can help you find more peace and have a positive livelihood, all without chronic back pain.

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