“Oh!” you gasp as your feet touch the floor and you reach for the chirping alarm. Rubbing your back, you wonder whether the pain is here to stay.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
Good news! There are lots of ways to treat back pain.
Use topical treatments and OTC drugs.
If you are suffering from severe back pain accompanied by inflammation, apply an ice pack or cold pack. Applying a cold compress or pressing manually may help further reduce inflammation.
Here are some common over-the-counter medications that can provide temporary relief:
- Muscle relaxants
- Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin
- Ibuprofen and naproxen (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Topical pain relief products (ointments, sprays, gels, creams)
Do some stretching and exercise.
Movement is important for getting rid of back pain. You should try to do physical activities such as walking, biking, and swimming.
Exercise is also important for recovery.
For severe back pain, light exercise, and gentle stretching such as light yoga or chair yoga can help gradually restore normal movement and extension without causing too much discomfort. For chronic (non-severe) back pain, exercises that strengthen the core can reduce pain over time.
Try therapeutic treatments.
Therapeutic treatments can lessen and eliminate back pain. Patients report positive results from therapeutic massages, chiropractic alignment, bioelectric therapy, and acupuncture.
Eat a healthier diet.
Chronic pain is often caused by inflammation. A diet high in processed foods with a lot of simple carbohydrates and refined sugar can cause and worsen inflammation.
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods can decrease inflammation. Whole foods are foods that have been processed as little as possible and contain no additives or substances.
Try sleep hygiene and sleep aids.
Getting enough sleep lowers stress, allows the body to heal faster, and increases pain tolerance.
Practice good sleep hygiene by going to go to bed at the same time every night and avoiding exposure to screens that emit blue light. Try to stop watching TV and using cell phones and computers at least an hour before bedtime.
Sleep aid supplements like melatonin and magnesium may help induce sleep.
Try some stress relief methods.
Stress can contribute to chronic back pain. Cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation may help relieve stress.
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