We hope everyone has been enjoying the fall season! These tips are your first steps to relieving back pain if you experience it throughout the day. 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 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 relieving back pain by:
- Using a pillow while sleeping for lumbar support and to relieve knee, hip, & lower back pain.
- Carrying one’s bag, purse, or briefcase properly to avoid catering to one side of the body.
- Viewing one’s cellphone screen with proper posture to relieve upper cervical spine pain.
- How to relieve lower back pain when standing for prolonged periods of time.
Don’t Forget Healthy Eating
The winter season is approaching and it is a popular time for fall related activities like visiting a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. There is still time to experiment with 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. For example, you can roast them in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite spices, or even steam them before adding them to your favorite pasta, stir-fry, or salad dishes!
Of course, it wouldn’t be the fall season without mentioning pumpkin. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Pumpkin can be enjoyed in many ways, either in its whole or pureed form. So, if you’re interested in experimenting with pureed pumpkin, consider making homemade baked goods such as bread or muffins, blending pumpkin into a festive fall smoothie, or even homemade making 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 https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/brussels-sprouts
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.) Pumpkin. Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/pumpkin