• Ease morning pain. If your back pain is intense when you wake up, consider using a heating pad on the painful part of your back before you get out of bed.
  • Get regular massages. Massage can promote circulation, ease stress, relax muscles, and boost endorphins—the pain relievers naturally produced by the body.
  • Have a good laugh — with yoga. Combining deep breathing typical yoga exercises with laughter exercises, laughter yoga may be an appealing option if you find other exercises too painful.
  • Change your sleep position. If you’re struggling to sleep soundly, try experimenting with different sleep positions. Sleeping in a reclining position can help reduce stress on your lower back.
  • Take a long, hot bath. Don't underestimate the soothing effects of a hot bath for easing aches and pains. Your muscles may even relax enough to allow some stretching.
  • Take the plunge. The buoyancy of the water lets you enjoy the benefits of exercise with less pain. If you prefer warmer pools, look into water exercise classes and hydrotherapy pools.
  • Pay it forward. If you've found ways to cope with your situation, share your knowledge with others who are in a similar situation. Start a blog, say it on Facebook, or join forums.

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