Like many people once I hit my mid 20’s I started noticing some nagging back pain. In my case it was right between my shoulder blades and occasionally in my neck. Almost everything I did (and still do) stressed those areas and it wasn’t like the pain was terrible so I didn’t do much about it.
After graduating school and starting to work full time as a chiropractor I noticed that my back problems got worse. Sure, I got adjusted once they were really bothering me (sound familiar?) and the pain would subside but over time I noticed it never really went away altogether.
Finally in my early 30’s I had an episode where my mid back was OUT. I could barely breath and finishing my day at work that day was a monumental task. It was about this time I got serious about getting my back pain under control.
The 3 things I did to get my back pain under control were pretty simple and I recommend people do these 3 things every day I’m in the office now. They are, in order of importance…
1) Get Adjusted by the Chiropractor
I mean duh right? Almost all back and neck pain, headaches, sciatica and more are caused by misaligned spinal bones pinching nerves leaving the spine and stressing the muscles of the back and neck more than they should be. This is exactly what chiropractors fix so I started by going 2 times a week for wait for it… 4 months. Chances are great it won’t take that long for you but it took that long to fix me up. That was my own fault for years of neglect. Now I still go 1-3 times a month to maintain it because as they say “a house ain’t going to keep itself clean”.
2) I Got Serious About Resting My Body
When you are young you are invincible. Sleep 3 hours, fall off a roof and eat a tin can for breakfast and its all good. At some point however, the body has accumulated years of wear and tear and you actually do need sufficient rest in order to feel good. I know, it sucks but I don’t write the rules. If I did you could still get by on the bare minimum of rest. If I was tired, I rested. If I was sore, I rested. You have to do it because your body isn’t lying to you. It wants whats best for you and in some cases what is right for you is rest.
3) I Cleaned Up my Diet
Turns out the body doesn’t like cheap, processed food all that much. Who knew, right? I started eating real food and lately I’ve taken it a step further and have been following pretty closely a diet recommended by Dr. Steven Gundry. Bottom line is do what works for you but you do need to eat real food most of the time.
Now this didn’t all happen overnight. I put the pieces together slowly but over time I came up with a routine that works for me. You can do the same, but if you want to speed the process up immensely come see me at the 4 Corners or in my Glenwood City office. I’ll be there adjusting peoples backs and dishing out battle tested and doctor approved advice for not only getting your back pain under control but also improving your overall health.