Is a combination of the fluctuating weather and overwhelming pain causing you to miss out on your daily exercise?
In this blog we share 5 ways to significantly decrease lower back pain in winter without relying on medications.
As the colder months arrive, it becomes difficult to keep up your exercise routine, and aches and pains feel like they worsen. That’s because they do!
Lower back pain is a very common problem for people over 50, and we understand how painful simple tasks like getting up from the couch can be.
A vast number of patients visit DSMC after seeing their doctor and getting the same advice about taking Tylenol and resting, or even that it’s just a part of getting older and will likely never go away.
If you don’t want to rely on medications, or miss out on your favorite activities, and you want to enjoy your life without throbbing back pain, that’s where DSMC can help…
In this blog we will cover:
- Why lower back pain gets worse in winter
- The most common causes of lower back pain
- Simple natural solutions to ease and cure your lower back pain
- How physical therapy can help eliminate your back pain for good
The Most Common Causes Of Lower Back Pain
Pulled muscles often happen due to strain or force, such as lifting heavy shopping bags. In this instance you will have overstretched the muscles in your lower back. When this injury occurs, you will most likely feel a ‘stabbing pain’ followed by tenderness around the injured area and cramping several hours later.
Lack of exercise is a common cause of lower back pain as inactivity weakens the muscles in your back.
When you do move around, they begin to ache and become increasingly more painful.
Why Lower Back Pain Worsens in the Winter
Due to the drop in temperature around this time of year, our bodies have to work a little harder to stay warm.
When exposed to the cold, our muscles naturally tense to become tighter which can cause aches and pains to amplify.
Natural Ways to Decrease Lower Back Pain in Winter
Apply an ice pack to the painful area for 15 minutes. This will create a subtle ‘numbing’ effect.
Remember when applying any heat or cold therapies to an area protect your skin with layers of towels and check your skin regularly during the process.
You could do this by wrapping a warm water bottle around your waist whilst you’re sitting on the sofa or by using heat patches if you’re out and about.
Exercises like walking and low-impact aerobics are fantastic for strengthening the muscles in your lower back. These activities are also great to speed up the healing process and prevent future injury.
Building Therapies into Your Routine
However, building these therapies into your daily routine to help you manage your lower back pain A great start is to make sure you have supplies near you all the time. For instance, carry small heat patches with you in a pocket or handbag, leave some by your bed side in case you wake up first thing in the morning with a stiff back.
Always try to make time to do some physical activity during your day. Go for a short walk after your breakfast, do some gentle stretches when you wake up and before you go to sleep. As the weather turns colder, try some indoor exercise such as low-impact aerobics or yoga.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Lower Back Pain
DSMC has worked with hundreds of patients suffering with lower back pain just like you and can get you free and moving normally again.
During your treatment, our friendly clinicians can significantly improve your mobility, the function of your joints and help you decrease lower back pain without painkillers, injections, or surgery.
To arrange your free back pain consultation where you can speak to a member of our team, ask any questions that you have, and find out the best treatment options for you.
Arrange your free back pain consultation with our simple webform, or if you prefer to talk over the telephone, you can call us at (215) 348-0666
Other Free Resources To Help Your Back Pain
Click Here To Read – 6 Ways to Get Back to Exercising
Click Here To Read – How Athletes Use Cupping to Stay on Their A-Game
We also have a free, downloadable report for people with Back Pain which is packed with proven strategies to ease lower back pain.
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