Feeling Pain in Your Lower Back. Here we list some Pain Relief Solutions
More than 80% of the population has suffered at one point in their life of lower back pain. Do not wait for it to happen, there are ways to prevent it (and calm it down).
Chiropractic treatment always is the best way for effective lower back pain relief and also for the prevention of this malaise to appear in the first place.
Nevertheless, in this article we share some back pain solutions you can implement in your life and from your home to prevent and reduce your back pain.
For pain: Cold or hot?
You can combine the 2 things for this type of pain. What you need to know is what is the ideal time for each one so that the treatment is more effective.
During the first hours, it is best to apply cold-gel bag or frozen peas wrapped in a rag- in the affected area.
Then, in the next 2 or 3 days and until the discomfort subsides, heat is applied. You can use an electric mat, a hot water bottle or a homemade infrared lamp.
Do it a couple of times a day, but no more than 20 minutes. Make sure the area is not red or swollen.
Should we rest when suffering a pain episode?
Something that can go well for you when you have a pain episode is to lie on your back with your knees bent over your chest.
However, it is better to avoid bed rest. In case of severe pain you probably want to take some bed rest, but do not lengthen it more than 2-3 days.
It’s known that being in bed hinders recovery and also increases the chances of pain reappearing.
Always remember that if your pain is so severe to be needing bed rest, it is really urgent to visit your chiropractor for a thorough chiropractic evaluation.
When to start moving after suffering back pain?
After the acute phase of pain, the ideal is to start moving and doing aerobic exercises as soon as possible.
Of course, avoid the extension of the trunk for about 2 weeks.
Keep in mind that if low back pain is the result of a sciatica attack, recovery is slower.
If the lumbar pain gets chronic, the key to avoiding the often reappearing
Gentle exercise is definitely the best remedy and the best prevention for this back pathology.
Are back massages good for overcoming back pain?
Massaging the lumbar area can be a good help to relieve pain, especially if the muscles are contracted and you notice the area very tense.
Try to make pressures with the fingertips, hold for a few seconds pressing and release.
A part from a good back massage, it is a good idea to have a chiropractic manipulation performed by your local chiropractor.
Should I take painkillers?
You should not self-medicate even with common drugs. The doctor must prescribe the most appropriate treatment and its duration.
According to a recent study conducted by the George Institute for Global Health Australia, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen only provide a significant reduction in back or back pain to 1 in 6 patients.
Some drugs are ineffective and cause side effects. The risk of suffering gastrointestinal problems such as bleeding and stomach ulcers is 2.5 times higher in people who take these drugs.
The same researchers already demonstrated in a previous work that common analgesics such as acetaminophen are also ineffective for this type of pain.
Muscle relaxants are not advised either.
Back Pain Prevention and Chiropractic Treatment
The nervous tension caused by stress is one of the main causes of the back muscles contracting, causing pain.
When you feel the lumbar region stiff, sit on a chair and flex the trunk until it is on your legs. Hold in this position for a few seconds.
Taking infusions based on melissa or lavender will also help calm the nerves and prevent contractures caused by tension.
The American College of Physicians, an organization that brings together almost 150,000 specialists in internal medicine in the United States has recently published new guidelines on how to tackle lower back pain.
Specifically, performing physiotherapy, rehabilitation exercises, acupuncture and stress reduction therapies, such as yoga, tai chi or meditation, are some of the recommendations that have been given both to treat lower back pain and to prevent it.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION AGAINST THE BACK PAIN LUMBAGO
Caring for your back with good habits is essential to avoid episodes of low back pain. But once you have this acute and paralyzing pain, what you need is to immediately resort to very clear strategies that help you mitigate it and regain mobility as soon as possible.
We have proposed some ideas that will be very useful for you. Further…
Sit in a comfortable and firm place (better not on a sofa too soft or in a low chair). Analyze in what position your pain decreases: with your legs stretched or perhaps somewhat elevated … Try to relax because if you are in tension all the structures and tissues of the lower part of the spine suffer more, they are imprisoned and suffer.
A bathtub with hot water is usually effective in relieving pain
Apply dry heat if there is no inflammation or enter the bathtub with hot water and, if you have, add a spoonful of bath salts. Consult the doctor if you can take an analgesic or visit your doctor if you can move without too much difficulty.
IDENTIFY YOUR PAIN
Depending on its characteristics, this malaise can be of two types:
Momentary or occasional lumbago
It is about the pain that appears in the lower back after making a sudden effort or taking a bad posture. They are discomfort that go away alone and last between 3 and 4 days.
According to a study by the Spanish Society of Rheumatology, this alteration affects 15% of the population.
Chronic or repetitive low back pain
If these episodes of low back pain appear frequently and last more than 12 weeks, they can end up causing chronic low back pain – it is estimated that 20% of cases become chronic.
To avoid this, it is important that you consult your general practitioner, who will refer you to the orthopedic surgeon if he considers it necessary.