HELLO! HAPPY Wednesday!!
How's your week going so far?! Are you CRUSHING it with working out and eating healthy?! REMEMBER that we're a work in progress so it's never too late to jump in and feel the magic that comes from pumping it up :D
Do you suffer back pain?! Whether you've been hitting the gym aggressively or somehow triggered a chronic injury, there's a reason to rethink your usual back pain fix ;) The painkiller acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) isn't any more effective then placebos at easing your aches, a recent study in The Lancet found.
The following are 3 study-proven treatments! KEEP READING and see if 1 of these will help your back!!
1. STRETCH IT OUT
People who did a hour of yoga 3 times a week had a 66% reduction in aches after 12 weeks, while those who did nothing experienced a 16% increase in pain, South Korean researchers reported. Yoga boosts your body's production of neurotrophic factor, a protein that helps block damaged nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.
I'm personally not a big fan of yoga BUT this is definitely something to keep in mind :)
2. LOOK TOWARD THE LIGHT
You've heard of bright-light therapy for seasonal affective disorder; well, it works for back pain, too, according to a new study in the journal Pain Medicine. That's because light exposure, from the sun or a light box, influences levels of serotonin and melatonin, 2 hormones that regulate pain management. The study-prescribed dose is a half hour of 5,000-lux light (that's about half the strength of indirect midday sun) 3 times a week.
BRING IT ON! This is another reason why I LUV to exercise outdoors :D
3. PRESS THIS TRIGGER POINT
Massaging your ears to ease back pain sounds out there...lol! But research confirms it: People who stimulated pressure points on their outer ear for 3 minutes 3 times a day experienced a 75% reduction in pain intensity after 4 weeks, a 2013 study from the University of Pittsburgh found. The right spot: Just above the hollow of your ear, where the cartilage begins to fold.
I LUV a good massage and I'm always up for trying new things so BRING ON AN EAR MASSAGE ;)
Whether you suffer back pain currently OR do in the future, this is GOOD information to remember!
If you have ANY comments about this post, I'd LUV to hear from you!!
See you on Fridayyyyy :D
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist