3 ways to use relaxation to ease back pain

The song goes "summertime and the living's easy," which means that the upcoming season should be full of unwinding and taking time for yourself. While this concept may look a little different to everyone, back pain sufferers can engage in a few different kinds of relaxation to ease their discomfort. Here are three techniques to use:

1. Yoga
Yoga is a workout that builds strength, endurance and balance, all while relaxing you. For all these reasons, it's one of the best exercises to treat and improve back problems. What's especially appealing about yoga is that, depending on your experience, you may be able to effectively practice it in the comfort of your own home.

2. Meditation
If you're not ready or able to try contorting your body into different positions, meditation is another great way to slow yourself down. Some studies, like one in 2009 from the American Pain Society, have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation can help sufferers of chronic back pain lead a fairly normal, healthy life. Because it's simple and accessible, unlike some other alternatives, it's a great way to start using relaxation to ease your pain this summer.

3. Breathing Exercises 
While yoga and meditation both use breathing exercises, those activities take a little more time and practice. If you're working with a busier schedule this summer, you can try some breathing exercises on their own. Throughout the day, give yourself little breaks to breathe deeply and focus only on that act, nothing else. You'll be surprised at how something so simple can relax you.

If you're still experiencing back pain after using these techniques, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.