By Zach Collins
One of the primary reasons that people end up using power wheelchairs is chronic back pain, which severely limits their mobility in and outside of the house. However, what a lot of people don’t know if that there are relatively simple way to alleviate back pain, and lessen your dependence on power wheelchairs.
One of the biggest parts of a healthy lifestyle is a good amount of sleep, and quality sleep at that. Uninterrupted, peaceful sleep is often the best cure for almost any ailment, including back pain. Try experimenting with different positions, pillow types, how firm or soft the mattress is, etc, until you find what works best for you. For some, that will be eight hours on a soft mattress. For others, it’s six on a firm mattress.
A common cause of back pain is excess weight. Simply put, when you carry around a lot of weight with you every day, it tends to do damage on your knees and back, both of which lead to severely hampered mobility. Try eating healthier foods and moving around more and you may find that some of your pain begins to subside.
Most people with back pain assume that the best thing to do in order to alleviate it is to relax, and rest their back muscles. However, this can often exacerbate the problem, leading to more pain. This is because the act of relaxing or decompressing with tight, tense muscles can lead to pressure on the spine and weakened back muscles, which will only cause more pain in the future.
Instead of relaxing, try doing light, gentle stretches of the back. A great and fun way to incorporate this into your life is to start doing yoga. This is will also help people who are overweight, as well as help the sleeping process, as exercise has been continuously shown to make sleep better.
With those small tips in mind, you may find that your back pain, and other similar health problems, will begin to resolve themselves over time. However, if you would like to see if you can get a back brace through insurance to alleviate your pain, you can see if you qualify through insurance here.
For more information about power wheelchairs, contact us Toll Free at 1-888-345-1780 or click here to qualify through insurance.