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Back pain takes the lead among common chronic conditions. With any number of factors—including injury, illness, and inactivity—it is best to first identify the source of your back pain in order to find effective treatment. Whether you choose a regimen of alternative remedies or a more conventional approach, the ultimate goal is to reduce back pain while improving your overall quality of life.
If you frequently find yourself waking in the morning to a sore back, you may want to examine your sleep habits.
Healthy diet is important for a healthy back. Hand-in-hand with proper nutrition is maintaining a healthy weight, which puts less stress on your joints and back. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, most adults are not getting enough calcium and vitamin D, both of which maintain strong bones. A diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, as well as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, energizes your body and powers your muscles. Drinking plenty of water helps reduce inflammation—the culprit of many conditions for chronic pain.
Sticking to a regular exercise routine is a good way to strengthen your core. But be careful; rigorous, high-impact exercise may aggravate back pain if you have not trained to handle such high-impact workouts.
Using the mind to help treat illness is at the core of healing approaches like traditional Chinese medicine (based on restoring the flow of energy and imbalances of yin and yang) and Ayurvedic medicine (which focuses on combining the body, mind, and spirit to prevent and treat disease). Mind-body techniques include:
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Mar 04, 2011
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