nvj-pdu98wu-aidan-meyerWhile muscle strains, herniated discs, and spinal misalignments are common causes of back pain for millions of Americans each year, there are other less commonly thought of causes.  Trying some of the simple solutions below, while also making sure your spine is properly aligned, will often solve your back pain without having to turn to drugs or surgery.

Dehydration as One Cause of Back Pain

Water affects every cell and organ in your body, including the spinal muscles and the discs in your spine.  The lack of proper hydration could affect your back and could be a cause of back pain.  The fix is simple, just keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and focus on your goal amount of water per day (divide your body weight by 2, and that is how many ounces of water per day you should consume).

Magnesium Deficiency

Poor diet, stress, and prescription drugs are capable of depleting your body of magnesium.  This vital nutrient has a calming effect on tight, spastic muscles and also blocks a neurotransmitter in your brain that may cause your neurons to become hypersensitive to pain.

Painkillers

That’s right, the very drugs that many Americans turn to for relief can make the pain worse after just a few months of use.  At that time, the effectiveness wears off, and patients typically report only getting about 30% pain relief compared to when they started.  Some patients even develop hyperalgesia, which is as increased sensitivity to pain.  Chiropractic care is an all-natural, hands-on treatment that does not utilize drugs or surgery.

Poor Sleep

Sleep is the time your body can focus on tissue growth and repair, which is crucial for pain relief.  Most people need approximately 7 hours of sleep per night or else this can be a cause of back pain.  Also, having a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed and you rise at the same time each day is beneficial.

Poor Diet

You are what you eat.  When you are constantly putting excessive sugars and carbs into your body, you are stoking the flames of inflammation that can show up as neck stiffness, low back pain, and muscle tightness.

Surprising Causes of Back Pain – We can help you identify the hidden issues that might be causing you pain, weight gain, and a number of other symptoms.

West Chester Family Chiropractic Center is proud to be a partner in health for over 25 years in our community, including the West Chester, OH, Cincinnati, Liberty Township, and Butler County areas.  We offer chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition.  If you need help achieving your optimal health, we’d love to partner with you. Call us today and schedule a free consultation. 513-777-7575

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