Back pain – a health issue that affects those of all ages in life. Whether you’ve injured your back in an accident or you’re experiencing the beloved “growing pains” of becoming older, here are some simple solutions to prevent/relieve back pain.
1. Adequate rest each night. Your back pain may be caused from your method of sleeping – the wrong position, the wrong type of mattress for you, improper balance of the body, etc. It is suggested to use a pillow under the knees to maintain the curve of your spine if you prefer sleeping on your back. If you’re more comfortable sleeping on your stomach, place the pillow under your pelvis. If you find yourself sleeping throughout the night on your side more than any other position, it is recommended for a pillow to be between the knees.
2. Staying active. This doesn’t mean excessive strenuous workouts, but rather simple exercises such as stretching and beginner’s yoga/pilates. If you find this helps, of course, you can always excel to advanced stretches/yoga. You may find swimming in a pool of warmer water or in a hot tub/Jacuzzi also helps. Your medical provider can assist you in what exercises are best for you, as each person’s cause of back pain and its extremity differs.
3. Maintaining a healthy weight. Let’s face it, the more weight you have, the more pressure/stress is placed upon your body. A medical professional can help determine what your specific weight should be.
4. Therapy. Our bodies need TLC, too! Physical therapy and chiropractic care are great methods of releasing tension and pain from the back.
5. Medicine. For temporary pain, there’s ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, and aspirin. For more serious pain issues, you may want to talk to your doctor about pain killers and/or muscle relaxers. There are, of course, more natural ways of curing back pain, such as the intake of certain herbs and supplements, and the application of topical pain relievers. As with any pain reliever, do your research and consult with your doctor on the method best for your back pain.
6. Hot/cold relief. Many who experience back pain try heating pads or warming gels; if heat doesn’t relieve the issue, they may resort to ice packs, ice bath soaks, etc. While heat is great for relieving tension, spasms, and cramps, and ice is great for inflammation and swelling reductions, it all depends upon the person and their level of pain.
7. TENS Machines. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators send low voltage currents through electrodes attrached to your skin’s surface. Electrical impulses can assist in the release of endorphins, which help ease pain perception. If you’re interested in learning more or trying a TENS Machine, consult with your doctor to find the appropriate and effective method of therapy for you.