Back pain does not always require medical attention. Sometimes people simply overexert themselves which can lead to a pulled muscle or non-specific back pain. There are some things that you can do at home to relieve your pain and promote healing.
The most common treatments for back pain involve rest, over-the-counter pain medications, and rest. Hot and cold packs are also an effective treatment for back pain. Cold packs can reduce inflammation and spasms in addition to numbing the pain. The cold pack should remain on your back for at least 20 minutes. Hot packs also work to relieve pain, but it is important not to use it on an area with scar tissue or where you have poor circulation. The heat can promote relaxation in the muscles. Hot packs are considered safer than heating pads and can be left on the area for about 20 minutes.
If you are experiencing stress and tight muscles, you may benefit from a massage. This does not have to be a professional massage. Ask a family member or friend to gently rub the area that is hurting for a few minutes. If the massage makes the pain worse, stop immediately. Avoid massages if your pain is due to a fall, injury, or car accident. To give your back support while sitting, roll a towel up and place it between your lower back and the chair. This provides your back with lumbar support. Avoid this method if you are suffering from spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis as this can irritate the condition.
To minimize back pain, avoiding sitting for long periods of time. If your job requires you to sit at a desk, be sure to take frequent breaks and walk around. Use your arms rests to lower yourself into a chair and avoid bending or twisting when you rise. Utilizing these methods are effective in treating common back pain. If you find that these remedies do not help your pain, seek medical attention.
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