If you are suffering from pain, especially back pain, I understand that it can be frustrating and a challenge just to function within your day-to-day routines. So what can be done to find relief from all this suffering? Well, experts in the health and medical field have come up with some steps that may help provide relief for those that suffer from their pain.
- Trying out complex remedies to treat your back pain may help, but you shouldn’t ignore some of the obvious things. You will often get much relief just by resting your back for a couple of days. And remember that bed rest beyond two days may not be helpful in relieving your pain, in fact, it may be detrimental.
- Take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. A simple OTC anti-inflammatory medication such as naproxen, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen can usually take the edge off most backaches. Follow the instructions on the label, and take it as directed when your back starts acting up. If it isn’t enough, don’t overdose on it, and consider paying a visit to your doctor.
- You should focus on maintaining good posture at all times. This will help relieve your back pain. Many adults have pain from being hunched over and not even realizing it. When you are sitting or standing, make sure that your back is straight, though it may feel a bit uncomfortable at the beginning. After a while, it will be like an old habit for you, and you’ll get used to it. And your back will thank you for it!
- To aid your body in healing from painful back injuries, invest in a firm mattress. Many people mistakenly believe that a soft mattress will be more comforting to their injured back. In truth, soft mattresses don’t help you to maintain a good posture through the night while a firm mattress gives your back the support it needs to repair itself.
- If you suffer from problems with back pain, heat and ice your back. In the first two to three days of back pain, you want to put ice on it to reduce the inflammation. After the first three days of icing your back you want to apply heat to loosen and relax your muscles.
- It is important to learn how to lift safely in order to avoid back pain and injury. When you lift safely, you use the large muscles in your legs to spare your back. Bend at the knees, suck in your stomach, and keep the item close to your body as you lift.
- You need to lose weight if you are over 10 pounds or more of your ideal weight. Extra weight will shift the center of gravity in your body. These pounds strain your low back, and if they are allowed to remain long term will cause chronic pain in that area.
- Quitting smoking can help to ease back pain. People who smoke, especially heavy smokers, do not have as much blood flow to the spine as those who don’t smoke. Without a sufficient amount of blood flow to the spine, your back will hurt. And moreover, it will slow down the healing process.
Sometimes looking for simple, cost-effective solutions for your pain relief may prove more beneficial than spending $500 and up for those steroid injections. In addition to putting a dent in your wallet or purse, it may cause unwanted side effects, and worse yet, it may not even help relieve your pain.
However, there are other options you can explore to seek relief for your pain. These include natural pain relief products in the form of supplements and topical solutions, pain relief devices, and informational products. But with anything, please do your due diligence and do your own research to determine if these products are right for you. We are all unique, and approaching pain relief from a “cookie-cutter” approach may not be effective.
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