If Your Back Hurts Every Morning, You Should Follow These Vital Tips
By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources
What can I do to stop from hurting every morning?
Suggestions for Your Morning Back Pain
Anyone who suffers from the ordeal of morning back pain understands that it is more serious than others realize. At first, the symptoms are rare. As your back becomes worse, the pain is impossible to ignore.
In Part 1: Morning Low Back Pain, we discussed the struggles, management, and questions that we have about this condition.
In Part 2: Misunderstandings About Morning Low Back Pain, we discussed 8 misunderstandings that we have about morning back pain and why they worsen the condition.
Helpful Tips for Morning Back Pain
- While still lying in bed, bring one knee slowly up to your chest and hug it with your arms. Hold for 10 seconds. Alternate with the other knee. The other leg should be kept straight as you hold your knee. Keep your back straight. Do not forcibly pull your knee up to your chest. Keep alternating.
- While still lying in bed, lie on your back. Bend both knees at a 90-degree angle. Cross your legs (one leg over the other). Let both legs slowly fall to the side while remaining on your back. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat in the other direction. Do not rush this as it will take time for any tightness to release.
- While on your stomach, bend both knees upward and tuck your thighs under your stomach and chest. Hold for 1 minute.
- Use gentle massage with your hands and knuckles around the muscular areas of your hips and lower back. Avoid direct pressure on the joint so as not to cause injury to any sensitive nerves.
After Getting out of Bed:
- Sit on the edge of your bed. Feet firmly on the floor. Bend one of your knees and bring one foot up on the bed. Your foot should be resting in front of you near your buttocks. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat with the other foot.
- Squat directly down on the ground until your stomach meets your thighs. Hold for 30 seconds. Get up slowly. Hold onto the bed for support and balance or squat down on a stack of books to avoid falling backward.
- Stand straight up and point both hands directly up to the ceiling while looking forward. Your hands, arms, back and legs should be in a straight line. Hold for 20 seconds. Push up as if you are trying to reach the ceiling. Keep looking forward.
During the Day:
- Allow 5 minutes of brief standing, walking or lying down for every 25 minutes that you are sitting.
- When sitting, use a soft cushion and try to sit with as little back support as possible. Your posture should be similar to someone playing the piano with the back straight and unsupported.
- Avoid arching or slouching your back when sitting.
- When picking up any heavy items or items that are low on the ground, bring yourself down to the object while keeping your back upright. Here you will be squatting into the position and not leaning over.
- Avoid sitting and slouching for extended periods of time 1-2 hours before bed. (ex. TV, desk work).
- Wear only clothing that provides a loose fit around your hips. Denim jeans that do not stretch or tight pants can worsen your pain by limiting your flexibility.
- Drink sufficient amounts of water to keep your discs well hydrated and to avoid muscle cramps.
- Incorporate as many of the exercises and stretches suggested above before lying down.
- If recommended by your doctor, take an anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant before bed. This practice should be minimized or done only if necessary.
- Lie sideways on your bed with your knees bent and a cushion in between your knees. Avoid sleeping or lying on your back and never on your stomach. If you must lie on your back, elevate your knees with extra pillows.
- Maintain a warm bedroom temperature. Cooler temperatures can cause muscle stiffness and spasms.
- Learn the Deep Squat Rest. It will test your stiffness. Mastering this movement will help to reduce morning back pain as it helps to increase your back and hip flexibility. If you have difficulty with this exercise, your pain symptoms are also a result of poor muscle conditioning.
Before following any of these exercises or stretches, please consult a medical doctor or your back specialist if is it advisable or safe at this time.
Remember, these tips are only suggestions to help you on a path to controlling and treating your morning back pain. They will help you to manage your pain depending on the time of the day and condition of your back. Management is not treatment. Treatment is required so that you can provide and achieve longer lasting relief for your back and fewer repetitive symptoms.
Options to Explore: Simple, Pain Reducing Exercises
It is important to follow a Targeted Program such as the one available on this site. It is designed to address these very concerns in greater detail, depth, and is very effective long term. It is designed in mind that Morning Back Pain is already part of your life and suggests many ways to alleviate, control and prevent it.
If you find the above suggestions helpful, there are many more available in the eBook. They are more specifically designed to carefully bring you back to a better and more comfortable state long term. They are designed so that you will require less exercise as you progress and as you improve.
If you are tired of enduring this form of chronic pain, and are in need of a proven, structured, plan for pain relief: Search this site for more valuable help and Download the eBook to start today.