(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Ouch! My aching back!” If it’s not an expression you’ve used before, it may be one that you’ll use in the future. Back pain is prevalent among Americans, both young and old, active and inactive, male and female.
But, the old RX of icing and immobilizing your aching back is outdated. The American College of Physicians has released new guidelines for treatment of back pain. Check-out these five steps for getting your ailing back up to par in no time.
Step #1: Apply Heat – Soak in a hot bath, snuggle into a warm spa, or place a heating pad on your area of pain. The warmth will loosen strained muscles.
Step #2: Keep Mobile – It’s tempting to camp-out in bed with a bottle of Motrin and a TV remote when back pain hits. But, that’s actually the worst thing you can do! Keeping mobile is key to a quick recovery. Of course, nobody is suggesting that you jump full-throttle into triathlon training. Just keep up your regular life activities because setting up permanent camp on the sofa can actually increase your muscle stiffness.
Step #3: Examine Your Walk – Take a good look at your gait. Do you shuffle from place to place? The shuffle step increases stiffness in your back. Try taking longer, slower steps.
Step #4: Exercise Patience – For most people, time is the great healer, and pain will subside shortly after the onset of back pain. If your pain lasts more than a few weeks, consider seeing an orthopedist or pain specialist, who can diagnose your specific back condition.
Step #5: Strengthen Your Core – Focus on exercise activities that strengthen your core to ward-off back injuries. Look for exercises that keep a fluid range of motion going in your hips as well. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends a combination of cardio, strength training, and stretching activities to build your core power and keep back pain at bay.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.