Back pain

Back pain is a common condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. It can be caused by injury, muscle strain, fatigue or improper posture.

It can also be a result of conditions such as scoliosis, degenerative diseases such as arthritis, or neuropathy. Back pain can also occur from simply working too hard or sitting too long in a chair at the office.

When back pain is severe or immobilizing and debilitating, it is important to seek medical care. But, when it is mild, or to complementa doctor’s care there are many home remedies that go nicely with any medically prescribed treatment.

Take caution here as painkillers are often prescribed for back pain, while your doctor’s advice is crucial, any prolonged taking of prescription opiates, such as, Vicodin, OxyContin, and Codeine is likely to result in a physical dependence (addiction).

Conversely, Ibuprofen is not addictive and can help with severe pain.

Check Your Mattress

First, check your mattress. If it’s very old, or no longer firm, it will not provide proper support, and result in a miserable sleep that results in an achy back.

Also check your office chair and make sure that it is providing the proper support, especially if you sit all day long.

Sit Up Straight

Next, be conscious of your posture.  Sometimes, when we concentrate, we slouch over our work. Bad posture further strains the back muscles.

Hot And Cold Compress

When back pain is a result of lifting heavy loads it can aggravate the muscles. Put an ice pack on your back as soon as you can after the injury. Continue with the cold compress for up to 48 hours.  This relieves any inflammation that might occur.

After the first 48 hours, try a warm compress to soothe the pain. Put hot water in a hot water bottle and wrap it in a towel. Apply this on the sore part of your back.

Hot Tub And Hot Baths

Take hot baths to soothe sore muscles and whenever possible soak in a hot tub (Jacuzzi) that has jets and sit in a position where those stimulate the soar area.

Massage

Massage is a great way to relieve sore muscles and loosen the back to find relive from strain. Ask your spouse or older child for a massage, or go to your local spa and get a professional massage.

The latter is not “exactly” a home remedy, but, one visit to a spa can quickly make it become your second home.

 

 

Yoga

If back ache persists despite remedies and prescription pain relievers, try yoga to strengthen the back muscles. Beginners should start by learning proper poses either by using a home workout DVD or by joining a class led by an experienced teacher.

Meditation

Meditation can help with pain perception, relaxation, and stress reduction that can exasperate pain.

It is also a fitness routine that is comprised of various poses or postures that help to greatly increase strength, and flexibility for all body parts, which, inevitably will improve back strength.

Let us know what you think about the information provided.

*DISCLAIMER: THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, IT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY HOME REMEDY.

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