Three Ways to Control Degenerative Disc Disease Pain


Individuals suffering from degenerative disc disease experience considerable pain, and although visiting an Alpharetta chiropractor can help to ease this pain, there are other ways that patients can control it. Some of the simplest things that you can do in order to control the degeneration of your discs and the pain associated with it are addressed below.

Improve Your Nutrition

A healthy diet is responsible for moderating lower back pain associated with degenerative disc disease. The intervertebral discs can benefit from oxygenation and hydration, and this can be achieved by making a few small changes:

  • Sip water throughout the day, especially while exercising and immediately after
  • Minimize alcohol consumption, as it decreases hydration and serves as a depressant
  • Stop smoking, as this prevents optimal oxygen flow

Make Changes to Your Daily Activities

Avoid putting stress on your back. There are a variety of daily opportunities that you can take to change common actions that can cause lower back pain. These include:

  • Use lower back support and correct poor posture, especially when sitting, as degenerated discs are typically more painful at this time
  • Move around or change your position regularly in order to increase blood flow and relieve stress on the back
  • Use correct positions to lift heavy objects, and avoid leaning over at the waist
    Stay Active

Staying active can help to slow the degeneration process, and staying active once the pain has become controlled adequately is a good way to do this. Exercise can increase blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients into the discs and back, and this helps them to stay both pliable and hydrated. The best way to stay active is to alternate 30 minutes of strength-based exercises with low-impact exercises every other day. Stretching for five minutes before bed and as soon as you wake up in the morning can also help to decrease back and to increase your mobility.

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