When it happens to you back pain is no laughing matter. Whether it’s a dull ache that persists all the time or stabbing sensation that radiates down your leg, back pain can be extremely debilitating. Left untreated, it can impact every aspect of your life.
The origins of back pain are as diverse as the people who suffer from it. Your condition can be chronic or acute. It can be brought on by muscle or ligament strain, arthritis, nerve damage, bending the wrong way or lifting something heavy. It can also result from spinal disks that are damaged or bulging.
If you’re struggling from back pain you’re not alone. Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s the leading cause of physical disability that forces people to take time off work and to schedule an appointment with their doctor.
Back pain solutions can involve something simple as resting your back for a couple of days. For others the remedy can be quite complex. It can depend on a number of factors such as how long you’ve been suffering, the severity and location of your pain, and whether your pain is affecting your muscles or the spine.
Below are the top 5 back pain solutions that can help alleviate your discomfort and allow you to get on with your life:
Try over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medication
The good news is that most bouts of back pain normally resolve on their own within a week or two. But in the meantime it doesn’t mean that you have to suffer while your body is in healing mode. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a good non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to help you get through the first couple of days. Most inflammation peaks at 48 hours and you should start to feel better after a few days. If your back pain persists for more than ten days it’s recommended that you seek advice from your doctor.
Stay active with gentle stretching
It may be tempting to stay in bed while your back is hurting. If possible, however, try walking short distances and performing some gentle stretching. This will prevent your muscles from getting stiff and stretching has a stabilising effect on your spine. Also if you have someone at home who can help you out, ask them to assist you with some light yoga moves, such as getting into the downward-facing dog and child’s pose. These moves can be very therapeutic and often bring relief right away.
Strengthen your back muscles with truSculpt Flex treatment
Strength training exercise is a good way to reinforce those back muscles. But what if you’re just too sore at the moment to get to the gym and do the necessary moves for strengthening your core and back? Let a safe and effective technology do it for you. Build a strong back and a tighter core while increasing your muscle mass by 30% with truSculpt Flex treatment.
truSculpt Flex treatment uses a state-of-the-art device that delivers high frequency bio-electrical muscle stimulation. Unlike other EMS technologies, this one strategically isolates specific muscle groups. What makes the truSculpt Flex treatment truly unique, however, is that it creates a twisting motion to warm up and stretch the muscles, then slowly build a tolerance to muscle contractions. How can this help with your back pain? Clinical trials have shown that truSculpt Flex not only boosts muscle strength and endurance, it helps patients dramatically reduce chronic low back pain.
Book a therapeutic massage
If you can tolerate lying down for 60-90 minutes then a massage can work wonders for a sore back, particularly one that’s caused by muscle strain. Not only is massage extremely relaxing and a great way to help you cope with the discomfort of back pain, a skillful massage therapist will know how to get all the knots out in your trouble areas. Furthermore, studies show that back pain sufferers who undergo massage therapy several times a week recover faster than those receiving only standard medical care.
Use temperature to your advantage
If you just put your back out or experienced some other form of trauma, health care professionals will always recommend icing the area for the first 24-72 hours. Cooling your injury can help reduce the pain, swelling and inflammation that normally follows. After the 72-hour mark, switch out the ice pack with a heating pad. This can help relax muscle tension and pain. Heat is particularly beneficial for chronic back pain to improve circulation and promote healing. Keep in mind that whether you’re using an ice pack or heating device, only apply it for 20 minutes at a time to avoid damaging your skin.
BONUS: Is your mattress the culprit?
You haven’t had a back injury, don’t suffer from arthritis and your spinal disks are doing just fine. Only you find yourself waking up with a sore back every morning which doesn’t improve with time. If this describes you then consider buying a new mattress.
Mattresses lose support over time and it’s possible that yours may be contributing to your chronic back issues. Experts recommend choosing a medium-firm mattress; however, this can depend on your usual sleeping position. One thing to keep in mind: if you suffer from lower back pain try to avoid sleeping on your stomach and instead sleep on your side.
We invite you to book a consultation at Restoration Clinic in Mt. Hawthorn to determine if truSculpt Flex treatments can help you with your back pain.
Call us at (08) 9025 3218 today.