You shouldn’t have to grin and bear back pain. While it’s not always curable, there are many ways in which you can relieve back pain to make it more tolerable. Here are just several ways to strike back against back pain.
Talk to a doctor
Some people never see a doctor about their back pain. It’s possible that you may be able to get treatment if your back pain is severe enough. This could include prescription medication or even surgery. There may be specialist doctors that you can see such as a worker’s compensation doctor for a work-related back injury in order to explore broader options. On top of seeing a doctor, it could be worth talking to a chiropractor or physical therapist, depending on the nature of the injury.
Back pain can make many people want to do nothing but laze around all day. However, lack of physical activity could be making your back pain worse by causing muscles and joints to seize up. While certain exercises involving jumping, running and sharp movements may aggravate back pain, low-impact exercises like walking, yoga and swimming could be beneficial. On top of preventing stiffness of muscles and joints, exercise may also help to provide an endorphin rush that helps to numb pain.
Upgrade your mattress
Regular mattresses can sometimes be too soft for sufferers of back pain, failing to offer the support needed and making back pain worse. This could lead to lack of sleep, which in turn could intensify the pain further. Switching to a firm mattress could be worthwhile. You could even try an orthopaedic mattress designed for sleepers who have a bad back.
Have regular hot baths
Hot baths can be a natural forms of pain relief. The hot water helps to relax muscles and release endorphins to numb pain. Some people find that Epsom salts can further improve pain relief.
When we’re stressed, we release a hormone called cortisol which can increase our sensitivity to pain. If you live a stressful life, try to find time each day to unwind so that you flush out this cortisol. Activities such as listening to music, meditating and laughing (as well as previously mentioned activities such as exercises and hot baths) are all great stress-busters.
Try herbal pain relief
Herbal pain relief could be useful when you fancy a break from over-the-counter painkillers – or you could use it as a supplement if your meds aren’t fully effective. Turmeric, devil’s claw and willow bark are a few commonly used herbal remedies for back pain.
Book a massage
Massages can help to relax muscles and free up trapped nerves. They can be a great form of pain relief for when you have a bad back. A professional massage therapist will be able to focus a massage around your pain.
Acupuncture is a holistic form of therapy that many people find to be an effective form of pain relief. It involves using tiny needles to target specific pressure points and nerves. Acupuncture should only ever be carried out by a professional.