If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. Your whole life revolves around you trying to manage the ache, but every way you hold yourself just causes more pain in other parts of the body. Back ache prevents us sleeping well which greatly exacerbates the condition. Lack of sleep caused by pain quickly overpowers our ability to emotionally and mentally handle the level of pain we are in. We can quickly become an emotional wreck, unable to carry on with our jobs or day-to-day lives.
Most people who have regular flare-ups, know ways to relieve it, how long they will have to cope with the pain, and the things they will have to put off doing while the pain is there. Other people do not suffer from back pain regularly, but may injure themselves and have to deal with a lot of pain while they heal. If you do have back pain, there are some methods of relieving it. Before you try any of them, be sure you are satisfied there is not an underlying medical reason for the pain, or visit your doctor.
Anti-inflammatories: Those who suffer regular flare-ups take ibuprofen as soon as the pain starts. This helps reduce any inflammation in the area to allow mobility. When it is muscular, rubbing on an ibuprofen gel can help target the medication easily.
Gentle exercises: Keeping your entire body moving when you have back pain is essential. Good circulation is supported by a good posture. Regularly utilising the full range of movement throughout your body is a good way of preventing little pulls and tweaks that cause us back pain too. However, if your pain is from an injury, you should seek advice from your physiotherapist or doctor about any movements that must be restrained.
Inversion Tables: These are increasing in popularity for those who suffer from back pain regularly. Some have reported them being helpful if they carry heavy loads as part of their job causing their spine to compress. The best inversion tables turn you upside down, so gravity is working on your spine in the opposite direction to when you are standing. This helps your spine stretch out right through your back and neck. This may help alleviate mild pinched nerve sensations. It also dramatically alters your blood flow and circulation being upside down or tilted in that direction. People with medical conditions or heart complaints should seek advice.
Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists: Each of these practitioners provides manipulations and exercises to help with back pain. A Physio looks at exercising the joints and muscles. An osteopath manipulates your spinal alignment. A chiropractor helps your neuromusculoskeletal system efficiency. Your doctor may help you understand why you are in pain, so you can pick the best type of therapy for it. A massage in a salon may be a cheaper solution if your pain is tension or stress related.
Heat/Cold pads and gels: These provide comfort but can cause the skin to become uncomfortable. They are not likely to resolve the pain.