Chronic back pain shouldn't have to stop you from taking part in the activities you love, whether that's swimming, tennis or running. Researchers may have found a way to significantly diminish back pain: vitamin D.
According to a study published in the journal Pain and Treatment Topics, low vitamin D levels may contribute to chronic back pain. Experts found that almost every study participant with back pain also had low levels of vitamin D. After the patients started to take vitamin D supplements, their pain was either lessened or entirely gone.
Here are a few ways to help you get more vitamin D into your daily life and provide back pain relief:
Eat vitamin D-rich foods:
- Fatty fish like herring, salmon, tuna and sardines
- Fortified milk
- Egg yolks
- Orange juice
- Fortified breakfast cereal (i.e. Multi-Grain Cheerios, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Kellogg's Raisin Bran)
Get outside more often: The sun is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. About 20 to 25 minutes is the optimal exposure time.
Consider supplements: A vitamin D supplement is an easy way to give your body ample vitamin D. Always consult your doctor before you begin taking any supplements.
Of course, your diet isn't the only way to help with your back discomfort. Personal massage has also proven successful in boosting comfort. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that massage significantly reduced back pain and discomfort that can come from daily activities such as climbing stairs.
Cold and heat relief
Another way to temporarily reduce the symptoms of chronic back pain is to apply either heat or ice to the affected area. Moji's back pain relief system offers you a simple way to apply full-coverage heat or ice to your back.