1.25.2019

Strike back against back pain


Many people experience back pain in their lives. This could be anything from a small injury to a chronic condition. Whilst not all back pain can be cured, it’s always possible to relieve the pain, helping to make life more comfortable. Here are just a few ways to strike back against back pain.

Seek professional help

Getting professional help should always be the first course of action. In the case of an injury, you should see a doctor straight away. If it’s been a gradual problem, it could still be worth seeing a doctor to explore options when it comes to medication.

Other forms of professional help could also be useful. It could be worth seeing a chiropractor in the case of certain chronic conditions – such professionals may be able to use techniques such as a spinal adjustment to relieve or even cure the pain. In the case of sports injuries, a physical therapist could be more useful for helping to recommend exercises and stretches.

If you don’t have the money for these services, there may be ways to get financial help. In the case of injuries, it’s sometimes possible to get legal compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney. Certain charities may also be able to provide funding.

Stay active

Doctors used to recommend resting in bed to cure a bad back. However, it’s now thought that this could cause more harm than good – physical activity can sometimes be beneficial by keeping muscles and joints active and preventing inflammation. Exercise can also release endorphins that in turn can provide short-term pain relief.

Obviously, you need to be careful of the types of physical activity you take up. Low-impact exercises are the best type of exercise to stick to as they generally won’t aggravate injuries – such exercises include walking, swimming, pilates and yoga.  


Get a massage

Booking a professional massage could be worthwhile for helping to fight back pain. Massaging the area could help muscles to relax and reduce inflammation in most cases.

If you can’t afford a professional massage, then you may still be able to massage yourself. You could do this by buying a massaging armchair or by buying a foam roller which you can then roll against your back whilst lying on the ground.

Try acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of holistic therapy that could also be worth trying out. It involves inserting tiny needles into pressure points in order to stimulate nerve endings. Many people with back pain claim that it works for them.

You should always seek this type of treatment from a qualified professional. There are many other types of holistic therapy that could be worth looking into too such as hydrotherapy and acupressure.

Upgrade your bedding

You may find that sleeping with regular bedding makes your back pain worse. Harder mattresses tend to be better for supporting the back and alleviating pain. You could even consider investing in an orthopaedic mattress if you have a chronic condition.

Some people may find that sleeping with pillows for extra support also helps. This could include putting a pillow under the legs to alleviate lower back pain or placing pillows each side to prevent rolling in the night.


Take a hot bath

A hot bath can also do wonders for back pain. The buoyancy of the water combined with the heat can help to relax tension in muscles and ease inflammation. Having a hot bath also provides us with an endorphin rush by stimulating every nerve ending in the body - this can have temporary numbing effects against pain.

Some people find that using bath salts can help to further alleviate pain. You can buy bath salts online.

Try herbal supplements

Ingesting certain nutrients can also help the body to fight pain. Herbs and spices such as ginger, cinnamon and turmeric all have anti-inflammatory properties. You can sprinkle these herbs onto foods or drink them in the form of herbal teas.

Fish oil is also good for back pain as it contains omega-3. You can take fish oil as pill-like supplements or you can simply eat more fish in order to get this nutrients. Certain nuts such as walnuts also contain omega-3.

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