How To Cope With Chronic Back Pain


Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain in 2020. The troubling thing is that it affects people of all ages. You’d assume that back pain was reserved for the elderly population. Still, more and more people aged between 15-40 are suffering from persistent back pain. 

It’s one of the worst pains to have as you feel it throughout the day. Your back is linked to so many different things – it feels like every movement triggers a spasm of pain.

Thankfully, you can treat your back pain at home, in the office, wherever you may be. I’ve listed some methods that will allow you to cope with the painful sensations while healing your back. 

Conduct a self-massage

Deep tissue massages are an effective way to treat back pain.

The idea is that you get deep into the muscle tissue and unglue all the knots. A muscle knot is like a ball of pain. It’s where your muscle has tightened and bunched to the point where there’s a painful knot. By applying pressure to the knots, and massaging the muscles, you get your back to relax.

This provides instant relief from a lot of pain. 

To massage yourself at home, I recommend using either a foam roller or a massage ball. There’s a video below that shows you how to massage your back safely:

Strengthen your muscles

The majority of back pain stems from weak muscles. In some cases, the muscles in your back are extremely weak. This means they get tired quickly, hence the constant aching sensation.

As a result, you need to strengthen your back to prevent this problem from persisting. Now, your muscles are more robust and won’t tire out so easily. 

In other cases, nearby muscles are the problem.

Weak glutes and abs are so common in people with back problems. A weakness in these two muscles puts too much pressure on the back. It has to work overtime, which leads to knots and tightness. Strengthen your glutes and abs, and you will get rid of back pain for good. 

Use topical painkillers

I’m not a big fan of using prescription drugs to combat pain.

I think there’s too big a risk that you’ll end up dependent on them. You could visit any drug addiction treatment center in the country, and you’d find numerous patients that checked in because they were addicted to painkillers. It’s not worth the risk, particularly when there are better options out there. 

Topical painkillers are things like sprays, rubs, or creams.

You apply them to the affected area, and they help ease the pain. Most of the time, they give off a cool or warm sensation to help your back relax. In my opinion, they’re more effective as they directly attack the problem area, and you can’t get addicted to them. 

Don’t let chronic back pain get in the way of your life.

If you’re really struggling, and these ideas haven’t helped as much as you’d hoped, then you should seek professional treatment. I suggest chiropractic treatment as it’s probably the most thorough approach out there. Keep trying my ideas while having the treatment as it will just help you recover faster. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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