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Simple Solutions for Aching Backs: the Value of a Back Stretcher for Pain Relief

Stretching, yoga, it's all just for chicks, right? WRONG! Back pain among Americans disproportionally affects men, and men are more likely to compensate for their back pain by adopting bad practices like stooping and hunching, actually doing more damage to their aching spines and muscles. They are also far more likely to avoid, put off and reason away treatment for back pain than their female counterparts. Chalk it up to machismo or whatever, the result is the same: men have back pain. They just do. When our backs hurt we compensate by adjusting our stance, our stride, the ways we sit and stand, all in an attempt to aleviate the pain. Sometimes this is done unconsciously. As our muscles tighten around displaced vertebrae and discs our bodies shift without us knowing, throwing off our posture and causing more trouble. As the muscles and bones in our bodies warp, all we know is the chronic pain, and some of us just take it as a part of life. But it doesn't have to be.

What's the first thing you do when your back starts hurting? You probably stretch and twist your torso in an instinctive attempt to work out the kinks you're feeling. Your body is on to something. In a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a therapeutic stretching regimen reduced people's chronic back pain enough for them to decrease or even eliminate pain medications. And in so doing, they spared themselves the potential liver or gastrointestinal damage that can result from long-term reliance on NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and aspirin or acetaminophen. After all, chronic back pain can persist for months or even years after an acute episode, possibly leading sufferers to stay on these medicines longer than the labels recommend.

Simple Solutions For Men's Aching Backs

  • Stretch. Yes, just stretch. To ensure proper alignment, get a simple back stretcher machine that holds you in correct ergonomic alignment as you stretch your entire back evenly, correcting your posture and alignment as well as relieving your pain in one simple gentle motion.
  • Train your core. Tightening and toning your core stabilizes your body and better supports the delicate system that is your back and spine. Yes, this is harder to do when you suffer from chronic pain. Start with gentle stretching on a back stretcher machine, then gradually work in simple core exercises that tighten up the support structure that maintains your back. Not only will you increase your strength and flexibility, but you will also become more aware of movement habits you've slipped into that caused the pain to begin with, says a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle.
  • Get a massage. Common massage techniques can help you relax, and trigger an endorphin release that raises your threshold for pain. That might help people with all sorts of lower back pain, notes a 2009 meta-analysis in the journal Spine. Spare the jokes about a happy ending, instead just explain your pain problem in detail, then lay down and let the professional dig their elbows into your knots. Drink lots of water for the 24 hours after your massage to help flush the painful acids and extra wastes that have been pushed around. You should feel much better the second day. Try massage once a week for six weeks; hopefully combined with either or both of the first two options. That should bring you optimal results.




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