We’ve all been plagued by back pain at one point or another. In fact, back pain is among the greatest causes for Americans visiting the doctor, according to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study. If your New Year’s resolution was to live a life without back pain, here are some tips that can help relieve back pain.

Om is the word

Try practicing yoga! Yoga employs stretching, relaxation, and core muscle building, all of which can be effective for back pain relief. The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study that marked pain relief in those that attended a yoga class once a week for three months. If you don’t have time for a yoga class, then stretching could do the trick. The same study found that stretching can be as effective as yoga.

Prod and Poke

You finally have a solid excuse for that spa day! Another study by the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that those that got weekly massages reported less back pain after ten weeks. Acupuncture has also been known to relieve back pain. If you’re wary of looking like Pinhead, don’t worry. The needles are very small, and the process is aimed to be relaxing and meditative.

Hard core

Strengthening your back and core muscles can relieve back pain. These areas provide the support for your entire body, so it’s important to build their strength.

Stop stressing

Stress is a huge contributor to back pain. Anxiety causes your muscles to tense, which causes your back to hurt. Take this new year as an opportunity to cut out the stress, and give yourself a fresh start.

Seek out a professional to help relieve back pain

Physical therapists and chiropractors are trained to identify and treat the causes for back pain. They are equipped to provide exercises and stretches that will improve your overall wellness. At Advanced Wellness and Rehab, we offer both of these services, and we’d love to help you find back pain relief. Call us today!