Home Brewed Back Pain Help
If you’re suffering with acute (short-term, minor) back pain, then help is only as far away as the mirror. You’re the best person to consult to get relief from the temporary aches and discomfort of regular, run-of-the-mill, I didn’t lift that box properly back problems.
Before we continue, let us say that for chronic, lasting and debilitating pain, we’re the team for you. Don’t try to self-medicate serious back pain on your own, but instead trust a pain specialist to get it managed and get you back on track. Now, with our disclaimer out of the way, let’s continue.
4 At-Home Back Pain Remedies
- Cold & Heat Treatment. Ice blocks pain signals and reduces swelling. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and hold it where it hurts for about 10-30 minutes, depending how much downtime you have. Next, heat it up a bit to stimulate blood flow and reduce potentially painful spasms. Working with ice to initially stem the tide of pain, then working in some heat with a warm rag after a few hours to loosen up the muscles and ligaments can work wonders.
- Stand up straight. Lots of people hunch when they walk and stoop when they sit. Standing up straight with your shoulders back is something your mom told you to do all your life growing up. It’s time to listen. Plus, hovering over your keyboard doesn’t do any favors for your neck, spine and back muscles. Sit back, relax and use that chair back to help straighten you up.
- Stretch. Maybe this will be a throwback to the old gym class days, but stretching before any physical activities wasn’t just something the coach liked to make you do for fun. Loosening the muscles and ligaments in your back helps them perform better and lessens the chance of them sustaining an injury during kickball or whatever sport you happen to be playing later.
- OTC is OK. For common, everyday aches and pains, over the counter medicines and rubs can certainly help reduce pain and discomfort. The only issue is that these can become metaphorical crutches for some and possibly even lead to addiction. If your pain gets to the point that you feel it all the time, it’s probably chronic and needs to be treated by pain doctors, not just pain pills.
This simple collection of 4 back pain remedies is something you can do to relieve current discomfort today and use to prevent further possible pain down the road. Again, this list is intended for normal aches and pains in your back. If you’re in major pain most of the time, contact us to speak with a specialist.