It is almost natural that nearly all adults have had to deal with some sort of back pain in the course of their lives. Whatever the cause, anyone who has dealt with back pain will agree with me that the pain can get unbearable at times. Fortunately, there are different remedies to ease the pain and restore your back to its normal painless, healthy state. If you are wondering what it takes, this article offers important guidelines to help you feel and get better.
Soothe the Pain
Soothing the pain with hot and, or cold water not only reduces the pain but also triggers the healing process. By soothing the pain, you stimulate the flow of blood which carries the healing elements to the affected area. It also minimizes inflammation and slows down nerve impulses. You can try different types of cold or hot water therapy to establish the one that works best for you.
Back pain can disrupt your sleep patterns and cause disturbances that worsen the pain. However, in contrast, getting enough and quality sleep is a big step towards recovery. Therefore, it is important to ensure you are comfortable when sleeping by trying different positions to find one that works best for you. Also, invest in a comfortable mattress and, or pillows to help maintain your spine’s natural curve according to your sleeping position.
It is a common belief that you should rest until the pain is gone if you have back pain. However, whereas exercising may aggravate the pain, too much rest may also exacerbate some types of back pain. Thus, it is advisable to carry out gentle exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles, which in some instances subside or alleviate the pain. If you are too unsure, discuss the best or the right routine for you with your doctor.
Stretch your hamstrings
Tight hamstrings are often overlooked as a cause of lower back pain. If the hamstring muscles tighten too much, they may trigger some stress on the sacroiliac joints and your lower back, making it more painful. Therefore, you need to exercise caution while stretching the hamstrings and do it at least two times a day.
In conclusion, it is essential to also make use of your brain when dealing with back pain. You perceive your pain according to how your brain interprets and processes pain signals. Train your brain to ignore the pain by focusing your attention on other things that make you happy. The aforementioned tips should help you kick-start your recovery and become healthier.