Declining levels of estrogen in menopause can cause pain and stiffness in the lower back. This pain can come on suddenly or last for many months. Medication is helpful, and there are also things you can do on your own that will make a big difference.
Here are 4 tips to cure back pain in menopause:
Sit Up Straight
What kid didn’t hear this growing up? Turns out mom knew what she was talking about. If you’re slouching in your chair, your back is not in proper alignment. Your chair should support your spine and feet should be flat on the floor or a foot support.
It’s easy to get involved with your work and you forget to take a stretch break. Move around every 20 minutes and take a short walk. Invest in exercise bands and use them several times a day. Who knows, you might even lose a few pounds.
Gout is a form of arthritis that most often affects the big toe, but can affect the spine also. Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Work with your doctor on the proper medication, and reduce your intake of meat, seafood, and alcohol.
One of the best exercises for a bad back is to do exercises in a pool. Being in the water provides both support and resistance and you can join a water aerobics class, swim laps, or walk from side to side.
If being in the water is not your thing, work with a physical therapist who can demonstrate helpful exercises and make sure your body is in correct alignment.