Strategies for Coping with Pain: Washing and Dressing
When someone suffers from debilitating back pain, even the simplest of tasks can be overwhelming. From bending over to put on socks or trying to pull a shirt over your head, severe back pain can make these tasks impossible to complete on your own.
Here are a few things to remember when it comes to coping with back pain when washing and dressing:
- When you brush your teeth or wash your face stand upright.
- When shaving, the mirror should be directly in front of you. An extendable mirror may also be handy.
- When putting on pants it may be more comfortable to lie flat. Step into your pants carefully and then move onto the bed, taking care not to bend. Raise your hips slightly to pull your garment all the way up.
- When putting on socks lean against a wall with your feet about 12 Inches from the wall, raising one leg at a time.
- Whenever possible use shoe horns or scrub brushes with long handles to avoid bending at the waist.
There are also some movements and situations to avoid:
- Hunching over sinks and countertops.
- Twisting your body to reach for toilet paper, or to do up buttons or zippers.
- Slippery flooring that may cause you to slip and jerk your body.
Ask your chiropractor about movements or stretches that may make everyday tasks easier to manage despite back pain!