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Back Pain and Inflammation

The Pain In Your Back May Be Caused By Inflammation

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means taking a well-rounded approach to all aspects of your health. This includes not only fitness, nutrition and monitoring biological markers but also managing aspects of pain, specifically when it comes to the inflammatory effect it can have on your body.

One of the most common complaints of chronic pain is back pain. Back pain may be caused by either mechanical issues, inflammation or most commonly a combination of both. If your back pain is caused by inflammation, there are several signals your body will give you to indicate that this is the case:

•    Pain comes on gradually as opposed to all at once
•    Early onset back pain (under the age of 40)
•    Back pain decreases with exercise
•    Pain is chronic, lasting more than 90 days
•    Back stiffness upon waking in the morning

Back pain and inflammation is most often seen in the cases of Arthritis: Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis. At the first onset of any of these symptoms, addressing the issue through nutrition, exercise and several of CERULEAN’s wellness modalities can help you reduce the risk of worsening back pain by proper management of inflammation.

If you are trying to decrease inflammation in your body, avoid foods that promote inflammation such as foods containing dairy and sugar. Additionally, incorporating these anti-inflammatory foods into your diet can help fight inflammation:
•    Salmon
•    Ginger
•    Tumeric
•    Basil
•    Kale
•    Walnuts
•    Sweet potato
•    Celery
•    Broccoli
•    Blueberries
•    Pineapple

Incorporating gentle stretching into your routine may also help to alleviate back pain. Floor stretches such as laying flat on your back and bringing one knee to your chest at a time can stretch leg and buttocks muscles that are connected to your lower back and may be causing pain. Yoga’s cobra pose and child’s pose are also both good stretches for the back. It is important to do exercises that promote the extension of the spine and not excess flexion.

Consistent Whole Body Arctic Cryotherapy can help reduce acute and chronic inflammation and give you the energy you need to live your healthiest life.

Paying attention to the signals your body gives you and acting on them early will help you achieve vitality and longevity. Here at CERULEAN, we are committed to helping you live an active and healthy lifestyle for years to come.