Statistics show that as many as 90% of back related pain will resolve itself within a month or so after the injury occurs. The body is capable of repairing itself quite well and can do so if the injuries aren’t extreme. There are a few things you can do to relieve the pain before the body takes care of the problem, here are some suggestions to help you overcome back pain. If your back pain is not an injury that was caused by movement, but instead, an injury that is caused by an ongoing battle with obesity, you may want to seek Chiropractic treatment for obesity.
Temporary Pain Relief
Every home has some sort of pain relief accessible to them. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or naproxen will really help to alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing. There are some studies out there that indicate ibuprofen and naproxen are better anti-inflammatory agents and can provide better pain better relief than Tylenol. Like anything else, moderation is key to staying healthy. Do not take any over the counter medications longer than recommended. Consult a physician if the pain continues.
Ice Packs and Heat Pads
For the first 48 hours after the injury occurs, apply cold ice packs to take down the swelling for about twenty minutes a day for two to three times per day. This will shut the capillaries down and reduce the amount of blood that flows to the area. The applied ice pack will also limit the pain signals being sent from the nerves. By day three you should have the swelling down enough to switch to heat. Twenty minutes a day with a heat pad for a few days should provide enough heat to relax the muscle and allow the body to heal itself naturally. That heat will relax the muscles and increase the blood flow to the area and provide more oxygen for recovery.
Good Sleep on a Quality Mattress
A good night’s rest does the body good, and finding a mattress to have the rest on is important. There are mattresses that are too firm that can cause discomfort, and there are mattresses that sag too much that can also cause awkward sleeping conditions. A medium-firm mattress would be ideal for most people. If your mattress is old and not supporting your body properly while you rest you should consider purchasing a new one.
Often times when people injure their back they become immobile and tend not to move around much. This is terrible for the recovery of your back. Remain active and stretch as much as possible to assist in your recovery. The body needs to move and benefits from the increased blood flow that occurs as a result of the activity. Stretch your back, walks, and remains active.
Get a Massage
If you can afford a professional massage, then by all means get out there and get one. It is therapeutic and can provide amazing benefits for recovery. Massages aren’t typically cheap, but if you can afford to spend the money and give your body the extra attention it needs then go for it. The beautiful thing about a massage is that anyone can give you one, so if you can’t afford one you can always recruit your spouse, sibling, or child to give your back the attention it deserves.