Life can be hard living with back pain but there is drug-free hope.
Follow these five simple strategies to help minimise the amount of discomfort back pain can force you to endure.
1. Balance your diet
Some foods can have anti-inflammatory effects that help ward off back pain.
Back-friendly foods include cherries, olive oil, salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, linseed (flaxseed), walnuts, soy products, nuts, green tea and ginger.
On the other end of the diet spectrum, some foods can contribute to pain: processed foods, sunflower oil, margarine, products containing high-fructose corn syrup and foods high in saturated fat and trans fats.
2. Let the sun shine
A lack of vitamin D, the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, may contribute to back pain.
In one study, more than 80 per cent of people between 15 and 52 with chronic low-back pain, were deficient in the vitamin.
Some nutrition experts suggest taking 1000 IU of D3 daily.
3. Edit your wallet
Sitting on a fat wallet all day tweaks the spine and can compress a crucial nerve in the buttocks.
That can cause sciatica – inflammation of that nerve.
This problem is so common among men that it has a name: wallet neuropathy.