Back pain affects most of us at some time in life, most typically at 5.01pm on a Friday afternoon when most of the docs have closed their doors for the weekend. The pain isn’t something that would be suited to ER and even going to urgent care might be a little much too. But the pain is still there. It’s annoying, it’s there and it’s affecting your sleep too. What can you do about back pain at home? Well, I hear you, because I’m in a similar position. From years of judo and working out, my back has suffered a lot of degeneration. I have herniated discs, often experience tingling and numbness in my hands and also experience neck pain.

Thankfully, I own a chiropractic office and have an excellent associate chiropractor in Dr Staci Avakian at my Vineland office who adjusts me on a weekly basis and keeps me ticking over. But when I get problems at the weekend, I have to do other things. I have covered icing my afflicted areas in other blog posts, but here is something else I do do regularly which you can too. And it’s all done at home, although you’ll need to pay a trip to Walmart or somewhere like that first.

I use one of those foam rollers and lay on it to stretch my back out. This helps to decompress the joints and put functionality back into my back and ease pain. You see what happens is that over time, the things we do (work, working out, accidents, general wear and tear and degeneration) has an impact on our backs. The joints become compressed. As they remain compressed, they become dysfunctional. The body then forms adhesions and scar tissue and it slowly builds up. As the joints are dysfunctional, the adhesions cause inflammation which in turn generates pain. Muscle spasms increase and you cannot move properly and are in pain.

Icing the area helps a great deal, and even taking anti inflammatory can help too, but you need to be careful with those.

But the foam rollers can help immensely. Simply lay on them and roll your back over them and you should experience some cracking. The cracking is gaseous bubbles that form around the joints and when these are compressed, they pop and release pressure. This in turn helps to break up adhesions and scar tissue, thus relieving you of pain and improving your range of motion.

What I have been doing is icing, taking Advil and using my roller three times a day and it has helped me to reduce pain and improve my mobility at the same time. Two things crucial in doing judo and of course, being a chiropractor here in Myrtle Beach.

But of course, if this doesn’t work or the pain increases, then come in and see me and I can help and examine you to determine your particular problem. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to reduce back pain. So if what you do about back pain at home doesn’t work, come in and see us. Call (843) 804-8100 or message me on Facebook. But remember, we are walk in friendly, no appointment needed (although you can make an appointment if you want).

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Dr Ray Marquez DC is a chiropractor and the owner of Back Pain Relief Center. He has two branches, one in Vineland, New Jersey, the other in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. To learn more about him, check his site at Back Pain Relief Center Vineland or Back Pain Relief Center Myrtle Beach

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