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6 Easy Tips for Relieving Back Pain
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

6 Easy Tips for Relieving Back PainBack pain affects nearly 80% of Americans. Sometimes the pain is caused by activity, and other times, your back can just give out while you’re bending down. When you have intense back pain, it’s best to consult a doctor. However, in the mean time, there are a number of ways that you can ease back pain. These are likely to be some of the suggestions your doctor will give you as well. Here are six ways to relieve back pain.

Limited Bed Rest

When your back hurts, you may think the best thing to do is to lie in bed. But actually, resting can have the opposite effect. Studies have shown that short-term low-back pain sufferers who rest feel more pain than those who remain active. Those who rest also have a harder time with daily tasks. Mike Flippin, an orthopedic surgeon at San Diego Medical Center, suggests no more than three days of bed rest for back pain. He says the best thing to do is get moving as soon as possible.

Good Posture

Even if your back pain began after a strenuous activity, chances are the strain that led to this pain has been building for a long time. The majority of people have poor posture when they are carrying out their daily activities, and this puts unnecessary strain on their backs. Even small changes like fixing the way you lean over the sink when brushing your teeth can make a big difference.

Exercise

A lot of the time, the best way to relieve back pain is to stay active. Even simple exercises like walking can help relieve back pain. This gets you out of the sitting posture and standing upright. It is, however, important to keep your movement in moderation. Don’t do any strenuous activities, and make sure to avoid doing the motion that caused the pain in the first place.

Cold Therapy

One of the best ways to treat a sore back is the application or an ice pack or cold pack. For best results, you should apply ice soon are the injury occurs. Any form of cold therapy is helpful, but the best way to go about this combining massage therapy with ice application.

Heat therapy

Heat therapy not only provides pain relief, but also healing benefits. Heat therapy is inexpensive and simple, coming in the form of heat wraps, heating pads, warm gel packs, or hot baths, to name a few. Some patients experience greater pain relief with heat while others have more relief with ice. Another option is to alternate the two types of therapy.

Massage or water therapy

Massage therapy has been proven to alleviate lower back pain. Some insurance plans cover massage therapy, so it’s a good idea to see if your insurance plan covers it. You can also use water therapy, which reduces reduces the pressure on the spine’s joints. This allows you to have a great range of motion.

Back pain affects a large number of people, but not all of those people have the correct solutions. If you suffer from back pain, try out these techniques and if the pain hasn’t improved, consult a doctor.



 
 
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