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My husband also has back problems, compressed disk and such. Our chiropractor was able to help him after another one seemed to make it worse. We feel it was the method; our present chiro puts you on a face-down table and talks to you about where you hurt, does a back exam and looks for trigger points, and then they treat with heat and ultrasound before the adjustment, which he also did differently than the other chiro. So he might consider a chiro trained a different way, perhaps, for a better fit.
He also swears by getting enough water. He can definitely feel a difference in his joints when he doesn't hydrate well enough, and he always aches worse at the end of the day if he doesn't drink enough. He uses plain water as well as Propel type beverages. He gave up soda.
He also started training with a personal trainer who has him doing lots of abdominal work in order to strengthen his core to help support his back. Obviously someone with back trouble has to be careful how they do this, but DH claims it has helped him quite a bit with the back pain.
Also, if he can possibly make himself take a brief rest to let his back recuperate, that will also help. DH started doing hobbies that didn't strain his back, stopped spending his weekends working so hard around the house, and it helped. It's not helped the handyman work that remains undone, but he just had to accept that he couldn't drive himself so hard and expect to maintain himself. It's hard for a man to accept that, but he can try to think of ways that will make things easier, once he starts that mental process, it's a domino effect. I saw a big change once my husband got the right mental attitude about it, quit fighting it and worked with it, if that makes any sense.