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7 best tips to relieve back pain

Approximately 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their life. There are various reasons and factors that can cause back pain ranging from age and strenuous activities to serious spinal conditions and disc degeneration. Along with medical treatment options, there are other ways to help alleviate back pain so that you can function normally. Take a look at 7 tips to relieve back pain:

1.     Improve your Posture

Did you know that chronic back pain linked to disc degeneration, is often related to bad posture? Incorrect posture places increased pressure on your spine and bones. In essence, poor posture can alter your spine’s alignment.

If your posture is not up to scratch, don't fret, as this habit is rectifiable. Remember to sit up straight, and always roll your shoulders back. You should also stretch and stand upright regularly, instead of sitting for lengthy periods of time. Avoid hunching altogether when sitting too.

2.     Sleep on the Correct Bed

Sleeping incorrectly on a bed that doesn’t support your spine adequately is another cause of backache. Try to opt for a mattress that is not too firm or plush. A hard mattress may distort your back, while an overly plush one may sag, and provide too little spinal support.

3.     Opt for a Massage

This is especially helpful if your back pain originates from a strain or tissue injury. Massage increases circulation to your back muscles. The improved blood flow is ideal if you suffer from spinal arthritis. Massage can also improve your back’s range of motion. This relieves pain caused by stiffness.

4.     Treat your Pain with Medicine

If your back pain hasn’t reached the stage where you want to consult your doctor, you may want to try some over-the-counter medications. Some of the most recommended include Aleve which contains naproxen sodium, Tylenol with its pain-busting ingredient acetaminophen, and Advil which contains ibuprofen.

5.     Apply Ice or Heat Packs

Applying cold or hot compresses directly to your painful area can help improve mobility and alleviate pain. Frozen compresses reduces inflammation, and a heating patch or pad helps relax constricted back muscles and spasms.

6.     Go for Physical Therapy

If your back pain is a result of excessive back strain, opting for physical therapy could help alleviate your pain. Therapists will train you how to move properly to boost spinal alignment, and reduce back stain. They can also advise you on how to strengthen your core muscles, which can boost back support.

7.     Try Other Therapies Like Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help relieve back pain. It stimulates your nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals similar to opioids. This technique also releases neurotransmitters that block pain.

When to Consult your Doctor

There are instances when back pain is coupled with other symptoms. If you experience any of the following, consider it a red flag, and seek medical help immediately.

  • Back pain caused by severe trauma
  • An abnormally high fever
  • Tingling and numbing sensations
  • Reduced bladder and bowel control

Reach Out to 360 Back and Spine Center 

Remember that there’s no need to suffer in silence with our range of services. Whether your pain is a result of a spinal deformity, disc degeneration, or trauma; our treatments provide the type of pain relief that lets you get back to living your best life. Contact us today on (682) 223-1406  to book your consultation.

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