We hope everyone has been enjoying the fall season! Today’s post will highlight a few different ways to help relieve back pain throughout your daily routine. If you missed our first post on back pain, which offered three simple stretches for the lower back, you can view it here. The tips provided today within our PTtip video are great in that they are easy to implement and focus on a variety of different circumstances that may contribute to back pain:
The tips offered within our PTtip video focus on:
- How to use a pillow while sleeping for lumbar support and for relieving knee, hip, & lower back pain.
- How to properly carrying one’s bag, purse, or briefcase to avoid catering to one side of the body.
- How to properly view one’s cellphone screen for better posture and to relieve upper cervical spine pain.
- How to relieve lower back pain when having to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Not only is it a popular time for fall related activities like visiting a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch, it is also that time of the year when the days are growing dark earlier each day with the winter season just around the corner. Keeping with the theme of seasonal fall produce options, there is still time to experiment with and try different in-season fruits and vegetables that are now at their peak! One in-season vegetable to consider trying are Brussels sprouts. High in vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber, Brussels sprouts can be enjoyed in a variety of ways such as simply on its own by roasting in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite spices or even steamed then added to your favorite pasta, stir-fry or salad dishes! Of course, it can’t be the fall season without mentioning pumpkin. Pumpkin supplies a hefty amount of vitamin A while also serving as a good source of vitamin C. Pumpkin can be enjoyed in many ways either in its whole or pureed form. A few examples of ways to try pumpkin in its pureed form include making homemade pumpkin baked goods such as bread or muffins, blended into a festive fall smoothie, or even homemade pumpkin soup- perfect to try during the colder temperatures!
Make sure you watch the PTtip videos to learn different ways to help with relieving back pain, and if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.) Brussels Sprouts. Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/brussels-sprouts
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.) Pumpkin. Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/pumpkin