Health Advice

How to Stop Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem affecting 4 out of every 5 people. It can come in the form of a constant ache or sudden pain and be mild or debilitating. In order to reduce the symptoms of back pain it is important to address the causes at hand and take firm action with treatment.

Pain Alleviation

The most common course of action for mild back pain is painkillers. Paracetamol has proven effective in many cases, but for some, a stronger anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen may work better.   Those suffering from back spasms may also be given a short course of a muscle relaxant such as diazepam.

The use of heat is a good option too. Hot baths as well as hot water bottles applied to the affected areas will ease the pain. Cold stimuli also work as some prefer the use of an ice pack. Remember to wrap the ice pack in a cloth beforehand to avoid any cold burns. You may also want to consider a professional masseur to help keep your condition in check. Massages will increase blood flow bringing fresh blood to the area for repairing any damaged tissue.

Consult Your GP

acupuncture, needles, treat back painIf you suffer from chronic back pain it is important to see your GP for advice who may additionally recommend physiotherapy or refer you to an osteopath. Another alternative treatment is acupuncture which involves the insertion of small needles at different points on the body.

All these methods have proven to be effective for those suffering from the kind of back pain that prevents them from doing normal things on a day-to-day basis. Surgery only becomes an option when all other treatments have proven unsuccessful.

Lifestyle & Habits

You can also do much simpler things like alter your sleeping position. This will ease any unwanted stress placed on the affected area. For instance, to maintain the normal curvature of your spine whilst asleep, place a pillow under you knees.

Avoid lifting heavy items and repetitive bending as this can increase pressure on the discs in your back which will only further exacerbate your condition.

A well balanced diet with fresh whole fruits and vegetables as well as sufficient protein will all aid in lowering inflammation. Vitamin and mineral supplements may indeed help too. More and more studies have highlighted the anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3 supplements in reducing neck and back pain.

Make sure you keep moving regularly throughout the day and never let your back stiffen up from inactivity. Exercises such as yoga are very beneficial and can even eliminate all discomfort in the affected area, though you ought to consult your  GP before beginning any regimen to see if it is suited for you.

If you’re currently smoking, now would be a good time to stop. Smoking has shown to negatively affect circulation which could reduce the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae in your back.

Research has also indicated that those who are able to relax and remain positive tend to improve and recover faster than those who continually worry about their condition.

More Information

For the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment options and further information see the NHS website for the treatment of back pain.

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