We all know there are a lot of different options when it comes to healing.
There’s chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, pharmaceuticals, herbalism, homeopathy, and more.
That’s just the non-invasive stuff!
Physical therapy helped me the most, but you know what also helped?
Making adjustments at home!
In my book I shared my journey on how I adjusted my life for back pain, such as carrying a much smaller purse.
I’m mindful when I get in and out of my car. I don’t slouch, and I activate my core.
I’m even conscious when I sneeze.
Just think of the way a strong sneeze can jar your body, and you can imagine how it might throw something off or hurt a weak muscle.
As I go through a typical day, I am mindful about activating the core and bending the knees during everyday tasks, like petting dogs and cleaning up spills.
Here are items that I purchased to help with back pain relief:
1. Ergonomic desk chair
It helps me maintain good posture while I’m sitting.
It’s also important to stand up from a chair correctly.
Instead of just standing up from your seat, scoot forward so you’re sitting on the edge of it, then lean forward over your thighs a bit.
This way, when you stand up, the muscles in your legs are doing all the work of lifting you—not the muscles in your back.
2. Foot Rests
I use foot rests under my desk to help keep my legs at a 90-degree angle.
3. Double Oven
We installed a double oven—the kind you see on cooking shows that allow chefs to cook at waist and chest-height (not that it’s made me a better cook.). Watch the video here:
4. Higher Counter Tops
We installed higher counter tops in the kitchen.
I think this one did actually make me a better cook.
But imagine how much more time I can spend at the kitchen counter preparing meals now that I’m not in pain.
5. Higher Toilets
We installed higher toilets.
Having higher toilets means you don’t have to squat down so low when it’s “time to go”.
This also contributes to less back pain.
One tip I learned a while back is that when you go to a restaurant restroom, the handicapped stall has a higher toilet!
I checked it out, and most of the time it’s true!
6. New Mattress
Having an old bed can cause major back pain especially if it’s sagging in the middle!
We bought one of those adjustable beds and it seems to have cured the moaning and groaning that used to take place most of the time with the old bed.
We get a good nights sleep every night and we pop right out of bed with no back pain at all.
Check out the video below:
7. Laundry Pedestals
We had laundry pedestals installed, which raised the washer and dryer up so I don’t have to bend over to use them.
Check out the video below:
In addition to all of the above, I found that wearing padded sandals or supportive tennis shoes has made a huge difference in the house when walking on the hard floors.
Back proofing the home is great, but learning how to strengthen your core is just as important to protect your back.
Here are some ways to do that:
- Activate the core when making a bank deposit in your car
- Practice Core Exercises
- Activate the core when getting up from a chair and getting in the out of the car.
- Brace yourself when sneezing
- Keep a microwave heat pack on hand
- When doing household chores, bend your knees and activate the core.
Of course, all of this takes time, but every little thing helps!
In truth, everything you do has an impact on your back and core.
That’s because they’re literally the backbone and foundation of our bodies—the backbone and foundation of the way we live and interact with the world.
It’s impossible to do anything that doesn’t affect them, and it’s impossible to do anything without them.
In general, it’s good to be mindful about the way you use your body, even when relaxing.
I know this might be tough to remember. But trust me, if you’re in pain, you’ll definitely remember.
I hope you can be mindful about the way you move your body before it becomes unavoidable.
Do you suffer from back pain? Please leave a comment!
If you’d like more tips, you can download the book here: