Try the following activities to release these feel-good messengers:
- Aerobic exercise
- Massage therapy
2. Get enough restorative sleep
Pain is a leading cause of insomnia—difficulty with falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Approximately two-thirds of people with chronic back pain suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Paradoxically, inadequate sleep can make your back pain worse. This vicious cycle makes it ineffective to treat just the pain. If you have sleep problems, you need to get the sleep problems addressed too.
There are many options for treating sleep problems that accompany chronic lower back pain—see Chronic Pain and Insomnia: Breaking the Cycle.