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Relieve Back Pain: #1 Position Helps Fredericksburg Patients

Feb 14, 2022

Suffering with back pain is no fun. Finding the best position to relieve back pain should be easy. Fredericksburg, VA chiropractors at Stine Chiropractic Clinic recommend the following position you can do at home to relieve back pain.

Relieve Back Pain With This Position

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The Best Position to Relieve Back Pain

The best position to relieve back pain, regardless of diagnosis, is the semi-traction position.  In the semi-traction position you lay on your back with the legs up on a chair, coffee table, or ottoman. The goal of laying in this position is to reduce pressure on the discs in your spine.

In this position the disc pressure is 35 pounds per square inch. Of course, you can reduce the disc pressure to 25 pounds per square inch by laying flat on your back with your legs flat, which might seem positive. Although the disc pressure is lowered, the additional stretching of the legs is worse for the back joints.

To illustrate, the image shows a couple of forms the semi-traction position can take. Using common household items, along with other home remedies, you can begin to relieve back pain.

How should I sleep if my back hurts?

Sleeping with back pain can be extremely difficult. Even though you want immediate relief, the first step to dealing with back pain is to diagnose the problem, which should be done with a chiropractor. With your chiropractor, identify what is causing the pain. Do this so you have a treatment plan addressing your situation.

In addition, here are a couple suggestions to relieve back pain while sleeping in your bed:

  • Sleeping on your back with your legs on some pillows. This position may help alleviate enough pain, allowing you to sleep.
  • Sleeping on your side with both knees bent. Place a pillow in between your knees to keep the pelvis in a neutral position.

If you still can’t find relief while sleeping in your bed, you may need to sleep on the floor. Lay flat on your back with your legs up on the coffee table, chair, or ottoman as demonstrated above. Although this is not an ideal sleeping position (who want’s to sleep on the floor?), your goal is to relieve back pain.

Is there a better side to sleep on to relieve back pain? Honestly, you simply need to try the various positions until you find one that give you relief. Whether it is laying on your right side, left side, or back, whichever position gives you the most relief is the position you should use.

How do I get rid of back pain fast!?

Please, you need to be very careful here. Rushing your body’s healing process can lead to more damage, which can cause a longer, more painful healing process. For example, patients sometimes ask, “Should I stretch my back and work through the pain?” The answer here is always no. The key to a quick recovery and relief from back pain is a proper diagnosis of the condition.

You need to understand which tissue is injured and which positions to avoid that cause the condition to worsen. Receiving a proper diagnosis will answer the question of what things your condition could benefit from and aid in faster recovery.

Don’t struggle with back pain anymore. Get a diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with our team at Stine Chiropractic Clinic by calling (540) 898-4100 or book an appointment.

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