Alternative Relief For Back Pain
Now what? You've hurt your back, it's the weekend and you can't see the doctor until Monday; what do you
do? Back pain is no stranger to you, it's happened before. You know there are some things you can do to ease the
pain until you can see your doctor. What to do:
The best way to bring immediate relief is to lie on the floor with pillows under your knees and your hips and
knees bent and your legs on a chair. Another position is to lie on the floor with pillows under your knees and hips
bent. These two positions relieve back pain, because they take the pressure and the weight off of your back.
It may take two days of resting in either of these positions before you back can heal. Just be sure to get up
and walk around once an hour, for just a few moments just so your muscles don't get weak from lack of exercise.
Back Spasms: If you are experiencing back spasms, heating pads can bring some relief as they relax the muscles. Use
heating pad for the first 20 to 30 minutes, then repeat as necessary but for no longer than 30 minutes at any one
You can also try ice packs (always have thin cloth between your skin and the pack). Another pain remedy is to
use gentle massage. You can use nonprescription medications that you can purchase in drug stores and grocery stores
to help bring some pain relief. Medicines that help relieve back pain are: aspirin (do not use for children or
teens), acetaminophen (Tylenol is one brand name), naproxen (Aleve is one brand name). ketoprofen (one brand name
is Orudis), and ibuprofen (one brand name is Motrin).
When do you need to call the doctor? Pain travels from your back and down your leg to below your knee. You
experience numbness in your leg, foot, groin or rectal area. There is fever present, nausea, vomiting, stomachache,
or you experience sweating or weakness. You lose bladder or bowel control The back pain you are experiencing was
caused by an injury The pain prevents you from moving around it is so intense. You use home remedies and the back
pain does not improve within 2 to 3 weeks.
Is there hope for chronic back pain? In order to get at the root of chronic back pain, you must find the reason
for the pain. There are issues that can aggravate back pain: weight gain, repetitive motions, and/or lifting heavy
items on a regular basis. You can also make plans to get your muscles in shape by exercising.
You can pay attention to proper posture when sitting, standing and sleeping. Yes, sleeping positions can have a
bearing on the presence or not of back pain. Having a proper mattress and not an old worn out one can also make a
big difference for chronic back sufferers.
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Pain TherapyShiatsu helps to decrease the stiffness of muscles and joints and it is lowers blood pressure. Shiatsu also helps to improve a person's level of energy (or qi), vitality and stamina. When you decide to begin practicing shiatsu, always dress in loose fit, comfortable clothing that is made of natural as opposed to synthetic fibers. Doing this helps to encourage the flow of positive energy in the body or what is referred to as "ki." Always make sure you practice shiatsu in a room that has plenty of empty space and is uncluttered, clean and very neat. pain treatment
How to prevent back pain: Make sure you know the proper way to lift an object, especially a heavy
one: lift by bending your knees and squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight the entire lift and
hold the object close to your body. You should also try to avoid twisting your body while you are lifting the
Never lift an object by bending over, picking it up and then straightening up. If you must move
really heavy objects, push rather than pull them. It is not good for you back to be sitting for long periods of
time either at your desk or sitting wile driving. Break up the time into several rest breaks and get up and stretch
and walk around for a bit.
If you have trouble sleeping because of back pain, be sure to
sleep on your side with your knees bent. Try using pillows where you need them to feel
If you are overweight, try tucking a pillow under your stomach to help reduce the
strain on your back.
Women should wear heels that are 1" or lower to avoid backache. Exercise on a regular basis because a sedentary
lifestyle can contribute to the occurrence of lower back pain.