I was born with spinal curvature, which is also known as scoliosis, and I have had much difficulty in nearly all of the physical activities throughout my entire life. I could not take part in most physical education lessons and I compulsorily received report to be held exempted from these lessons at school. My back pain was always killing me. Even if I just did a somersault, I would have laid on bed for a week. So, I chose to avoid from the things thet would require physical power. But I understood that this was a mistake. As the years passed, my scoliosis got worse and worse, and the last time I saw my x-ray film, I was really afraid of myself; my spine was a real "S" letter!
I have to admit that I do not really love physical exercises or powerful activities, but we have to act and move. I also have sciatica and herniated disc, so think about me! I knew I had to something to ease my pain, because my back was aching and burning like a hell (it still aches, but I will share with you a few points that I do to decrease the level of pain).
- First, get rid of your extra pounds. Overweight applies pressure to your spin and this makes you carry so much burden. Your movements decelerate and you start to bend forward when you walk, because you cannot carry your weight. So, start the work by losing weight.
- Then, always try to stand upright. If you stoop, this will give you more pain, but if you stand erect, you will take the excessive pressure from your spin and will relax it.
- Try not to carry heavy bags, items, equipment, etc. This will make you uncomfortable because of the pressure on your backbone. If possible, try to use wheeled bag for heavy stuff. And never directly bend down to take up anything from the floor. Just kneel down.
- Avoid doing excessive exercise and weight training and also floor/mat exercise such as doing crunches. I know it from my own eexperiences. Whenever I use dumbles or do mat exercise, I am nearly hospitalized and cannot turn back to my physical exercises for a long time. So, this also demoralizes me. Do the exercises while you are standing; you will also lose more weight in this way as this keeps your legs working. Also, do some back-supporting exercises which your doctor can suggest or which you can find on the internet.
- Lastly, do not walk slowly, yes! If I walk slowly, I have an unbelievable type of ache on my shoulders and my back, but if I walk fast, I don't feel uncomfortable. Interesting, but real. And of course, do not walk for many long hours, do not tire your body.
As long as you pay attention to your daily routine, your back pain level will decrease and you will have a normal and healthy life.
* This is a sponsored post for Healthy Back, however, all the points and views are my own.