Three Ways to Relieve Back Pain
Three Ways to Relieve Back PainNov 05
If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know that it is excruciating. No matter how you sit or lay down, any movement will send jolts of pain that radiates across the muscles and bones. Many people turn to painkillers and medications to mask the pain, but there are alternative methods to relieve back pain and get the mobility and flexibility returned.
Stretching is a good way to relieve back pain. Slowly bend down and touch your toes and hold that position for ten breaths. This will loosen up the muscles and allow them to resettle back into their normal position. It works better if you are in the shower with hot water running over your back. This may take a few days, even a few showers a day, but the heat of the water plus the stretching will ease those muscles and the pain will slowly go away with time.
A second way to relieve back pain is to look at your mattress. If your mattress is old or is one of those spring or coil mattresses, then you might want to think about tempurpedic mattress and pillow. A tempurpedic mattress conforms to your body like a mold when you lie down. The mattress adjusts to the body instead of the body adjusting to the mattress. This will allow your back muscles to naturally draw to the right position. This relieves pain and you will probably have a better nights sleep. These types of mattresses last longer than spring or coil mattresses. If you sleep with your significant other, the weight of their body will not affect the way the mattress molds to yours.
Alternating heat and cold presses are a third way to relieve back pain. A heating pad placed where the pain is most prevalent will loosen the back muscles and relieve the pain of a pinched nerve. Cold presses also help by constricting the muscles and deadening the nerve endings. If you a heating ointment, make sure that you do not use right after a shower. After a shower your pores are open and the medication will soak deep into the skin and may cause poisoning.
These three methods work for most back pain, but if back pain persists, consult your doctor immediately. Back pain that lasts longer than five days can be the symptom of other health issues. If back pain is associated with a change in bowl movements or a change in urine color or density, again consult your doctor. Many times back pain is a symptom and not a root cause. As your back heals, do not over exert yourself and give it time to heal. Using these three methods should bring your back to normal and you can return to your previous lifestyle.