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Seattle Acupuncture- 5 Tips for Reducing Back Pain

One of the most common ailments I see at my clinic is back pain. This should be no surprise since a majority of Americans sit in front of a computer or at a desk all day long. Using alternative medicine is a wonderful way to remove your back pain whether through acupuncture, massage or chiropractics (I recommend all three). However, it is equally as important for preventative care to have information and tips on how to reduce your back pain on your own. Below are 5 tips to help reduce or prevent back pain.

1) Movement– The number one reason that causes back pain in Chinese medicine is stagnation of Qi and Blood which is translated to mean lack of movement in the area we have pain. That is why it is so important to incorporate some sort of exercise or movement into our daily routine. This can be as simple as going for a 20 minute walk at night after dinner, running a couple times a week, or actively stretching every day. If you incorporate movement everyday your pain will go away.

2) Reduce Stress-Stress is a silent contributor to our pain because it cause stagnation in our body due to the state of contraction our muscles are in when we are in a stressful state. Reducing stress helps movement return to our body which removes our pain.

3) Warmth-Again going back to this idea of stagnation, cold contracts and warmth expands which means cold prevents movement while warmth promotes it. Making sure our body is always warm will reduce our chances of acute or chronic pain.

4) Nutrition– Don’t underestimate the power of healthy food and nutrients in healing our pain. When the body doesn’t have the building blocks it needs to repair, pain lingers indefinitely. Staying healthy will guarantee your body has what it needs to heal.

5) Sleep– being rested echos the same idea as the one above because our body heals when we are in a state of deep sleep. Without sleep, we continue to have a damaged body which includes our pain. Fixing our sleep patterns and getting rest will contribute to a pain free life and a healthy body.

For more information on reducing your back pain, schedule your free 30 minute consultation or call 301 775 6326

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