At some point most of us have felt some sort of discomfort in our backs! For you younger readers out there, just wait! Back pain is one of the more common afflictions to face Americans. Zoom meeting and WFH culture have only increased our sedentary lives, causing even more strain on our backs!
Out in here in beautiful Brush, CO harvest season is upon us! We know our daily regiment of Zoom meetings, chopping plants, and just general everyday stress have certainly not been helping our backs over at Nuume Organics! We are extremely proud to be the first certified organic hemp farm in the US. If you’re wondering, organic does matter!
Did you know the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has statistics that demonstrate back pain is among the top 5 reasons that people go to the doctor’s office, even though many cases “are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.”
Why Your Back Hurts
Unfortunately, as we age our backs become tighter and less conducive to the rigors of life in 2020.
If you have ever watched an infant at play, you’ll realize we weren’t born this way. As we age we tend to do less physical activity and certainly less stretching. There is a reason why fitness programs such as yoga have flourished in recent decades.
We are certainly feeling the sore back during our harvest season. Long days standing over crops, bending to snag the lower limbs of the cannabis plant lead into even longer days trimming the plants. Trimming forces you to sit still for long periods of time, arching your back over while focusing carefully on small leaves of the plant. While the smells and bonding time are fantastic, our poor backs disapprove!
Other common reasons adults end up with sore backs range from improperly stretching prior to working out, being overweight, or even attempting to move that heavy piece of furniture without lifting properly.
Although there are two types of back pain: acute and chronic, we wanted to focus this article on acute back pain and some common ways to alleviate it.
How to Reduce Back Pain
WebMD describes 12 different back pain remedies on their website. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you are probably dealing with some level of inflammation. Inflammation can mean an area is red, swollen, sore, or is not functioning as it would normally. This is when your immune system jumps into action to work on the affected area.
When your back hurts, it is important to pay attention to your body’s inflammatory response and reduce your lower back pain. We chose to highlight a few at-home remedies below — but remember, you know your own body best. We are not medical professionals and we always recommend seeking the advice of a trusted medical professional before making any medical decisions.
While rest may be a fairly general remedy, it is one that needs to be taken with some precision. While it may be appropriate to rest for a day or two if your pain is severe, studies show that staying off your feet for longer than that isn’t conducive to more improvement. Once you’ve conquered the worst of the pain, studies suggest light walking or stretching as a way to bounce back even quicker. We also recommend our drops for helping your body return to homeostasis.
Improve Your Posture
According to the above WebMD article, “You can increase the pressure on your back by 50% simply by leaning over the sink incorrectly to brush your teeth. Keeping the right amount of curvature in the back takes pressure off the nerves and will reduce back pain.” As we are fully in the “remote” working world, this one rings more true than ever. Invest in a proper office chair, one that is ergonomic and supports your spine curvature.
Medicate If Needed
The most common medications to help reduce back pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), the most common of which are ibuprofen and naproxen; both come in either over-the-counter or prescription strength. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants and/or opioids, but usually only when pain is severe, and for a short duration.
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