Four tips for improving your quality of life when you suffer from prolonged pain at the base of your spine

pain at base of spine

Pain at the base of the spine in your lower back can be related to a number of conditions. These conditions can make it difficult for you to enjoy your daily life and accomplish simple tasks like getting dressed or tying your shoes. 

It’s important to take certain steps to improve your quality of life when you have pain at the base of your spine. Following these steps can help reduce the severity of your pain and make it possible for you to enjoy your daily life again. 

Improving your life when you have pain at the base of your spine

  1. Drink plenty of water — The discs in your spine and the cartilage in your vertebrae rely on water to support their structures. Drinking plenty of water can help keep the discs healthy so they can cushion the vertebrae in your spine. Water also is the base of the lubricant in your cartilage that helps the joints in your vertebrae move.
  2. Quit smoking — Smoking restricts your blood flow, which inhibits the deliverance of nutrients to the muscles and tendons in your back and to your spine itself. Your tissue and spine need nutrients and blood to function healthily. Without a steady flow of blood and nutrients, you’re more likely to suffer from long-lasting back pain.
  3. Get moving — Light exercises can engage the muscles in your back and core, which can help reduce and prevent back pain at the base of your spine. Try going for a walk every day or visiting a physical therapist who can guide you through exercises and other physical treatments that can help.
  4. Improve your diet — A healthy diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to perform all its functions. Make sure you have a well-rounded diet that can fuel the structures in your back and core to keep them healthy and strong, which helps prevent back pain.

Visit Holland Physical Therapy today for back pain treatment

Finding ways to live with back pain is great for getting you through your day-to-day life, but you should also be trying to find treatment that can help reduce and prevent your back pain. This is what we try to provide at Holland Physical Therapy. Contact our team today for more information about treating back pain at the base of your spine or to schedule an initial appointment.