With approximately $100 billion being spent in the United States each year to treat neck and back pain, and nearly 4 out of every 5 people – or up to 80% of the population – experiencing some sort of suffering from the predicament, spinal pain is an unfortunately popular problem.
It’s not a hopeless dilemma, however, and Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D., has penned a new book titled Keys To An Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine (available here on Amazon) that contains some surprising ways that people can find relief.
As a leading spinal surgeon, “Dr. Ken,” as he is affectionately called, has conducted more than 20,000 consultations and performed more than 2,000 spinal operations. With 22 years of practice in the field, Dr. Ken advises us to do some of the following things to help alleviate pain:
#1 – Get Some Sunshine
Embrace sunlight. It turns on your body’s master clock and gives you a good dose of vitamin D, which can ironically help prevent back and neck pain.
#2 – Stretch Your Body
Practice plenty of stretching – simple range-of-motion exercises like gentle side-to-side or back-to-front neck stretches. When you’re stretching you’re moving all the joints and it feels better, even when you walk. You’re turning on a whole new body.
#3 – Breathe Deeply
When you’re unhappy or stressed you’re breathing shallowly and the nerves in the channel are not moving and they hurt. Your nerves may not be as tender when you breathe deeply all day.
#4 – Build the Right Muscles to Help Your Posture
Get either 2- or 5-pound weights to strengthen your postural muscles, which are muscles that can help improve posture, like the pectoral muscles and the biceps. Do 5 to 10 pushups in your daily routine to build your chest, neck and back muscles and help you reinvigorate for the day.
#5 – Stop Smoking
Cigarette smoking can have a destructive effect upon the intervertebral disc.
#6 – Lose Weight
An elevated body mass index, along with other factors like a large waistline and hip circumference, have been linked to lower back pain in women.
#7 – Get Depression Treatment
Depression can make pain seem more prominent and cause anxiety.
#8 – Eat Well
Lean protein, healthy fats, lots of fruits and veggies – and plenty of water, if your doctor agrees – can all help affect your spine health.
#9 – Take Supplements
The right doses of Omega 3, vitamin D and calcium supplements that aren’t up to the toxic levels can help the back and neck as well, along with helping your nerves.
#10 – Get Good Sleep
Bad sleeping positions can produce spinal pain, so make sure to adapt your mattress and sleeping conditions in a way that allows for optimal rest.
#11 – Take a Long, Hot Shower
Enjoying a lengthy and steamy shower can help prevent the stress that causes people to breathe shallowly, which negatively affects the nerves.
#12 – Retract Your Angel Wings
Tuck your shoulder blades back in order enjoy a better posture without slouching or slumping forward.
#13 – Get an MRI Scan
Have a spinal specialist examine the root of your back and neck pain.