Another morning with a stiff back?

Are chronic back pain symptoms running your life?

You have to do something about this.

It sucks to have a bad back.

Step 1. Get a new attitude. You don’t have to live with this.

Change your mindset. You want to do more, not less with your life.

And your chronic back pain symptoms are holding you back.

Stop acting like an old person. You have a life to live.

How Chronic Back Pain Symptoms Make You Act Old

  • First, when your back is out, you are?grumpy and cantankerous. Like an old guy!
  • Second, a tweaked back shuts you down. You miss workouts, sit around and get lethargic. Pretty soon you’ll be snoozing like a geezer in that chair.
  • Third, you worry about the next injury that is looming around the corner. So you don’t do things like playing, having fun and enjoying each day. No one wants to be around you.

Stop acting old. Stop feeling old.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself. You don’t have a bad back after all!

You have a weak back that needs some rehabilitation. Yes you are weak, not old.

Weakness can be fixed. So make a plan to get yourself on the road to regaining control over your life.

Read this post about how?chronic back pain symptoms can be solved once and for all.

I had a bad back for 35 years so I know the pain and frustration that comes with it.

I have been there and frankly thought I ‘d always be there.

But I changed my destiny and I am thankful I found another way.

Get strong, don’t get old!

If your back is out of whack right now, I get it, there is no way you are exercising or doing anything about getting stronger.

You can barely move around.

Been there too.

So you need symptomatic relief right now. Reduce the muscle spasm, mitigate the pain and begin to get some?improvement?in range of motion.

You have to be able to move before you can?exercise.

Luckily it is not that complicated. It may be difficult but it isn’t hard to understand.

Loosen the muscles with either:

  • heat
  • massage
  • chiropractic?adjustment
  • acupuncture sessions

You can apply heat to the area yourself. And this works pretty good. Now I am assuming you have been injured for a few days now.

If you are still within the first 48 hours from the onset of injury, apply cold to mitigate the swelling. Then?switch?to heat.

If you can get yourself to a?masseuse?and lie on the table, try a massage. Manual pressure works well?especially?from a skilled operator.

I have a mechanical back massager that?works?pretty good for low back and thoracic spine (mid back) areas. I use it a lot.

A?chiropractor?is an option. Personally I never liked the chiropractor when my back was in full spasm.

  1. First, it was always difficult to even get into the car to travel.
  2. Second, I couldn’t get on the table and into position for?manipulation.
  3. Third and worst of all, I could not relax to allow adjustment?to?be done.

When your back is totally f*cked up, you are just not ready for a forceful “cracking of your back.” Let’s be honest,?Chiropractors?are not subtle in the application of their?trade.

Chiropractic seems more?appropriate?when the pain is not so acute.

Acupuncture has worked well for me in the past. I was always partial to the eastern doctors who were trained in their home?countries. Even if they couldn’t speak?English, they seemed to know what to do.

I never used American trained acupuncturists. But this bias is likely unfounded. I am sure there are skilled practitioners who were trained in the US.

It’s just you do not want to find out somebody sucks at their job when they are sticking needles into you.

I am just a practical guy.

I will:

  • perform stretching work
  • range of motion exercises
  • massage and knead the muscles using foam rollers or tennis balls to apply direct pressure into the tissue

 

About the author 

Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 64 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they live rewarding, fun lives using his signature 2 Rule Easy Fat Loss training program.

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