Got back pain? 3 possible solutions for You

Got back pain 3 possible solutions for YouFor naysayers, back pain is something other people whinge about to avoid strenuous activity; It’s not until they experience it themselves do they realise how debilitating. I’ll admit, I was part of that cynical group, and you can bet I learnt the hard way.

Take note: you should never mess around with scuba tanks. Whether you lifted an item beyond your lifting capacity, swung a cricket bat too enthusiastically or have spent the better part of two weeks hunched over your desk, your back is giving you grief and you’re sitting there (uncomfortably, mind you) hoping for something, anything, that will put an end to the dull ache swirling around your lower vertebrae.

While you may think that you are doomed to a life of unavoidable discomfort, you’d be surprised to know that you have more control than you think. Your doctor might settle for painkillers and bed rest, but there are many non-chemical based solutions that are often overlooked. Here are some ways to relieve your back ache.

Stretch It Out With Yoga

A 2011 study conducted by the Group Health Research Institute assessed a total of 228 adult back pain sufferers. Among the participants, each were randomised into groups who partook in either twelve weeks of yoga, conventional stretching, or were given a self-care book to follow. At the end of the study, the yoga group noticed significant function abilities and reduced symptoms which extended beyond the classroom.

Researchers then followed up with the participants twenty-six weeks later and found that not only did they still continue improvement, but they also used less medication. The researchers also found that the extensive stretching group worked just as well as yoga both being far superior to self-care.

Indulge in a Massage

Put your spouse to good work and have them give you an intensive rubdown. While you lie down and relax, get your new masseuse to pay particular attention to the problem area by kneading the muscles. If you’re not up for visiting a real massage therapist, many of them can set up shop in the comfort of your own home.

Invest in a New Mattress

Have you been snoozing on the same lumpy bit of foam for the past decade? Can’t remember the last time you replaced it? Does your mattress feel more like a hammock? This may be the reason you are suffering from spinal aches. According to the National Sleep Foundation a good mattress should only last you nine to ten years, but if you’re prone to the late night aches, you should be replacing it every five to seven years.

While you’re waiting to collect your pennies for a new mattress, ease the pain by placing a pillow under your knees if you’re a back sleep, in-between your legs for side sleepers and under your hips for those who favour tummy sleeping. Not sure what type of mattress is right for you? We found that can cater to all kinds of back ailments.

Are you a chronic back pain sufferer? Have any tips to reduce the symptoms? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

Nic Bell, a trained physio with years of experience.

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