Pain is never fun. Chronic pain is even less fun, and the worst pain has to be back pain. Everything is connected to the spine, so when your spine is out of whack, your entire body feels it. It’s pretty miserable. Back pain can manifest in many different ways. Low back, mid back, high back, shoulder blades, hips, neck. You name it. If you have back issues, the pain is there and it’s constant, nagging, permeating your life and making you miserable.

For the person struggling with chronic back pain, here are the things you can be doing to bring yourself relief and hopefully even cure the problem over time.

Get Massages Often

As if anybody needs a reason to go and get a massage…here’s that reason and excuse. Back pain is caused by tight muscles. If you work out often and are always feeling like your muscles are going to snap, you need to stretch more, and get massages.

The body has a way of healing itself, but it’s a whole lot easier when the toxins and buildup in your muscles are massaged out on a regular basis. Muscles get used to where they’re sitting and the way they’re holding bones-even if that’s not in the right place. When things get jolted, the muscles are shocked and will pull your back back out of alignment. The more massages you get, the more relaxed your muscles will be. Voila. Back pain desists.

Workout More

If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, you don’t work out often enough, and you have back pain, working out will help you. Exercising increases your threshold for pain. Not working out lowers it-meaning that the more you lie around, the worse your back will feel in a lot less time.

There are times when you should rest, but to heal your chronic back pain, you need to get off the couch and do some strength training. Ab strength is a huge part of the equation. You use your abs for everything-even if you don’t notice. You’ll realize how much you use your abs when you start doing crunches and laughing makes you feel like you’re getting stabbed.

Get Adjusted

A lot of people steer clear of the chiropractor thinking that it is too expensive or will make the problem worse. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Chiropractors aim to restore and enhance spinal function so that your body will heal itself. When you’re stuck in misalignment, your body can’t function the way it’s supposed to and it creates other problems down the road.

If you’re struggling with chronic back pain, do these three things and you’ll see an improvement. Of course there are even more things that you can be doing, but start with these and see how you feel a little further down the road.