Back pain is an infuriatingly common and often stubborn complaint. If you are one of the many people who fight daily back pain, there are steps you can take to reduce your suffering. Don’t wait until the pain becomes too much. Do what you can now to alleviate the pain.
Visit the Doctor
If you’re suddenly struck with back pain, visit your doctor. Sometimes back pain can be a sign of more serious problems. If your back pain is well established, a visit may still be helpful. A doctor can provide medication, offer advice, and prescribe physical therapy to teach you how to move without worsening your pain.
Lying around stiffens an already sore back. If your normal form of exercise is too rough, try exercises that don’t strain or jar your back like walking or swimming. Even gentle stretching is beneficial. Pilates and other similar forms of exercise can help strengthen your muscles to protect your back and lessen pain.
Be Mindful of How You Move
Over time, everyone develops bad habits that stress their body. Pay attention to how you sit, stand and move. Try to maintain good posture and healthy habits as consistently as possible.
Visit a Chiropractor
Chiropractors treat misalignments in the skeletal system with small adjustments to the bones and muscles. Treatment can correct issues caused by poor posture and bad habits, relieving pain. Make sure you have a chiropractor you can trust to help your back feel better.
Take Medicine for the Pain
To help control pain and inflammation, take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). They are available over the counter, or in higher dosages with a doctor’s prescription. Do not exceed the recommended dose, as too much of these medications can damage your stomach and other organs. It can also raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Apply Ice or Heat
Icing reduces swelling, and heat relaxes stiff muscles. Use whichever works best for you to ease your back pain. You might also enjoy letting both stress and pain float away while you relax in a warm bath with Epsom salt. The warm water and Epsom salt both soothe sore muscles.
Update Your Bedding
It is hard to have a good day without a good night’s sleep. It may be time to replace your pillow with one better suited to your sleeping style, or your mattress with one that offers better back support. Consider visiting a Crowley furniture store and trying out new mattresses to find the one that is right for you.
An aching back is a frustrating, painful problem, but simple steps really can reap big rewards. Do what you can to fix the problems you are experiencing now. Experiment to find what works best for you.