During the holiday season we tend to carry heavy items like packed full shopping bags. Of course, shoveling snow is a real workout and one we don’t have to do in Hawaii. In addition, if you’re sedentary or sit at a desk all day it is critical that you get some sort of exercise. Are you feeling back pain? You may need to adjust your chair at work so that you have support for your lower back. A pillow behind your lower back can help. Also, did you know that setting your work chair so you’re leaning back a bit, instead of sitting straight forward, cuts back strain 30%? It’s important to take a break every 30 minutes from your desk since this will increase blood flow and circulation. When you have diabetes, good circulation is crucial for a healthy back and body.
Back pain can be caused from obesity and weak abdominal muscles. In addition, you can prevent back strains by stretching your hamstrings. All you need to do is sit on the floor, extend both legs, grab your shins and gently pull yourself forward. Hold this for about 30 seconds; then release. Repeat these five times daily.
Here are 6 tips that will reduce back pain:
1. Daily exercise which includes walking and stretching.
2. Visit your chiropractor to make sure your joints and spine are in proper alignment; otherwise you’ll have back pain.
3. Receive back massages to relax sore muscles, increase blood flow and improve circulation. Drink plenty of alkaline water afterwards.
4. Just dissolve two cups of Epsom Salt in a warm bath to provide relief from back stiffness and pain.
5. Use a Capsaicin cream from your pharmacy. This cream contains a very hot pepper extract that can provide you with relief from severe backaches. Be sure and use disposable gloves when you apply and do not get into your eyes.
6. Use infrared pain relief system. Regular use of Thermotex Infrared pad will significantly reduce levels of inflammation and lactic acid build up.
Instead of feeling like a Grinch you’ll be ready to have a fun and relaxing holiday season.
I’m sending you warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas!
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