Christmas and New Year have come and gone. As festive as this holiday season has been, it’s also a time when back pain decreases because of rest. Or did your back pain flare up because you ate oily meals and sugary treats? Not to mention you perhaps spent a lot of time sitting at functions, at parties or in your car, putting more pressure on your spine. To top it all off, Harmattan crept in, drying out muscles, leading to dehydration and escalating back pain.
“There are a few amazing remedies that can actually help you fight the built-up tension so please listen closely. Let’s win this!”
1. Start drinking anti-inflammatory drinks
A little Jollof here, fried chicken there, Yes! I know you tried to take in salads but we all know the carbs and fatty foods are a lot when it comes to a good Ghanaian party. Unfortunately these tend to cause a lot of swelling in our tissues leading to pain. Let’s keep this simple. Consuming anti-inflammatory drinks can reduce swelling and will do you a lot of good in cleansing your gut system. Some recipes to consider are ginger-green tea, green smoothies, warm turmeric with lemon. Explore more recipes to know which drinks and diets help reduce inflammation and keep you healthy.
2. Stretch! Stretch! Stretch!
No, stretching is not just for athletes. Back pain can happen because of repeated heavy lifting or sudden awkward movement. Stretching continually loosens muscle tension. It allows blood to adequately pass through your muscles and supply them with key nutrients, water and oxygen that it needs. It also increases the flexibility of your spine and helps the bones realign by themselves so you don’t need a chiropractor to fix it for you. So begin stretching today. Find tips on how to do so here.
3. Get a Massage
A massage is not just to relax; it has tremendous benefits for your muscles and wellbeing. It releases endorphins which serve as pain relievers. It increases blood circulation which allows oxygen to flow throughout your body and ensures that the heart, lungs, muscles and bones work properly. Fortunately for you, we offer therapeutic massages. Just read more here and feel free to swing by for an awesome sesssion.
4. Watch Your Weight
You probably enjoyed a wonderful array of tasty meals, sweet deserts, and endless drinks this festive season. After all, it is the season of weddings, parties and more. Moving forward, it will be good to cut back on junk food and intentionally focus on eating a balanced meals always. Gaining pounds, especially in your midsection, shifts your centre of gravity and puts strain on your lower back.
5. Get Active
Exercise is not only a good way of staying healthy but is also helpful in fighting back pain. Walking, skipping, and lifting light weights can be great ways to strengthen your back and leg muscles and support your spine. As a part of our chiropractic services, we also offer reformative exercises for people who are looking to increase their flexibility.
If you’re having a challenge staying consistently active and you’re 50 years and above, then we have a great workout program for you. It’s called the 50+ Gym Society and it comes with 8 workout sessions, a soothing massage and a free spinal check-up. If you want to know more about this program, click this link to learn more and sign up .
Until then, we leave you with some inspirational words for 2021.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.