Are you looking for a mattress to help combat back pain? (If you are, Simmons Beautyrest and Sealy Posturepedic are both really good for that; you can find them online at places like 1800mattress.com). Mattresses are great (no, really, we love ’em), but while you’re looking for a good mattress or waiting for it to ship, there are some other ways that you can help to alleviate back pain.
1. Limit Bed Rest
Yeah, yeah, that new mattress is coming in, and it’s so hard to get up in the morning. But too long in the bed will exacerbate your back pain, so… do try go get up in the morning.
2. Exercise and Stretch
Make sure you stretch in the morning and possibly throughout the day to help your muscles maintain flexibility- one stretch is to sit on your bed, one foot on the floor and one extended, and lean forward with your back in a neutral position. Exercise is also good, provided you’re not doing something that makes your back hurt more (bending, etc). Try exercise that keeps your back upright and neutral. Yoga, Tai Chi, and so forth will also help improve flexibility and give comfortable exercise.
3. Practice Good Posture
You may have noticed a theme- keeping your back upright. Good posture is a must for keeping back pain down. Shoulders back, spine straight, all the things mom used to tell you. Keeping your back in the proper posture reduces strain on your muscles and pressure on your nerves.
Of course, you don’t want to only do these while waiting for your super-comfy mattress to arrive. Keeping up these good habits will help your back in the long run. And hey, given a choice between pain and no-pain, who really chooses option A?
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