Back and neck pain is both prevalent and troublesome, especially for seniors. Medication side effects, arthritis and various chronic conditions can all contribute to discomfort and direct pain in these areas, so it is important to understand what steps to take in order to help seniors alleviate back and neck pain so that it is manageable and progressively improves instead of worsens.
Treating back and neck pain at home
Seniors are particularly susceptible to chronic back and neck pain from a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for long periods of time, in addition to poor posture, results in muscle imbalance and radiant pain. While at home, seniors can perform simple exercises like:
- Light weight-lifting
These low-impact activities deliver the positive benefits of exercise and movement for seniors from the comfort of their homes, and can significantly increase cardiovascular health, joint function and measurably reduce pain. Worried about your aging loved one engaging in these exercises without supervision? The experienced and trained caregivers from Home Care Assistance of West Bloomfield are available for in-home help, support and safety monitoring at any hour of the day or night.
When to enlist the help of a doctor or therapist
When adults notice an onset of pain after changing medications, or increased muscle tension despite engaging in activities designed to improve back and neck pain, a physician should be consulted to help manage symptoms and run tests to rule out more severe causes.
Alleviating back and neck pain in seniors is a matter of taking small but diligent steps. Exercising lightly for as little as 30 minutes per day, beginning with 5 minute sessions, will begin to produce effective results immediately. Combining physical movements with adequate hydration and good nutrition is the recipe for reducing pain and improving painful symptoms.
In-Home Help for Bloomfield Seniors
Having the in-home help of a professional and trained hourly Bloomfield caregiver can also be beneficial. An hourly caregiver can accompany your aging loved one during walks, monitor their safety during in-home exercises and prepare healthy daily meals to ensure they’re getting adequate nutrition. For more information on our in-home senior care services, call 248.283.0835.