Back pain can make daily tasks feel impossible. Treating the pain and getting back on the road to recovery is always a priority when an injury inconveniences your life. At Wisniewski Chiropractic we offer back pain Omaha treatments!
Why do you have a stiff back?
Muscle or ligament strain
If aches and pains feel like they’re not going away then a muscle or ligament strain might be the cause of your stiff back. This can happen due to heavy lifting or a sudden movement. If you are in good physical shape this can be rare, but if you’re not in good shape muscle spasms may occur due to the consistent strain on your back.
Another cause for your stiff back could be arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect your joints and cartilage. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber and lubricant so that the bones don’t rub together. The vertebrae in your spine also have this cartilage. When the cartilage in your spine is worn or dried out, the vertebrae cannot move as smoothly as before. This can cause inflammation and tightness in the back.
The hamstrings are large muscles that run along the back of your thighs. When the hamstrings become tight, they shrink in size, impacting the lower part of your back and spine. This leads to the alignment of your back being disrupted as well as your pelvis. When this happens, experiencing discomfort in the lower back when bending forward isn’t uncommon.
Sitting with a curved spine
You might think there is no wrong or right way to sit, but surprisingly there is. When hunching forward for a long period of time there is more stress put on your spine which causes stiffness and pain. Sitting upright with good posture can help prevent this! To accomplish this roll your shoulders back, have your ears over your shoulders and your upper arms parallel to your torso. Try not to take advantage of the backrest and sit up to activate your core muscles.
Getting on top of the issue and starting an at-home treatment right away can relieve pain and help with a stiff back. If the pain has not subsided after these treatments, find a chiropractor near you and treat your back pain in Omaha at Wisniewski Chiropractic. Some at-home treatments include:
Applying heat allows the muscles to relax and relieves the pain from achy joints. If arthritis is the cause of your back pain, heat can be a good treatment option.
Use ice to reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels to numb the pain.
Light activity is recommended to reduce the chance of more stiffness due to bed rest. Lifting and twisting movements are discouraged to reduce the risk of any further injury.
Massage therapy is a great way to relax muscle tissue and reduce muscle spasms that cause stiffness.