Back pain is a pretty common problem that affects many people including myself. I often have back pain after sitting down for a long time without a back support or when I am doing activities that require bending. Back pain varies not only in severity but also in the area affected such as left or right side back pain, lower left back pain, upper back pain and others. Generally, the pain manifests as an ache, stiffness or tension in the back which can range from mild to severe.
Most cases of back pain are just ordinary pain triggered by bad posture such as when bending, lifting object, standing or even sitting in the wrong and awkward position. Although not serious, the pain may cause too much discomfort especially when sleeping or doing ordinary routines. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the doctor to alleviate your condition since the pain normally goes away on its own after several days. Home remedies can also help for faster relief.
Below are some of the remedies for ordinary back pain which can help in your fast recovery. I can attest to the effectivity of some of these remedies as I have already tried them before.
1. Over-the-counter medications
If the pain becomes irritating and uncomfortable, you could try over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen. However, if you are pregnant, painkillers may not be the best option for you. Additionally, don’t take more than 4 grams of pain reliever in one day as it could injure your liver.
2. Heat therapy or cold therapy
Heat therapy is especially effective for back spasms. It can be done by bathing in a hot tub or by using a heat wrap that can stay warm for at least four hours. If it does not work for you, try the opposite of heat therapy, which is using an ice pack on the affected area. Cold therapy works better for me.
For people suffering from a long period of back pain, massage can be beneficial for reducing the pain. You could request somebody to massage the affected area using a massage oil containing menthol for more comfort.
Resting does not necessarily mean simply lying or sitting down doing nothing. Resting means that you have to stop doing strenuous activities that can worsen your condition such as bending, pushing or lifting heavy objects. While resting, you could also do some exercises to strengthen your back. You could ask or research online of the types of exercises suitable for people with back pain.
5. Observe proper posture
To prevent your condition from worsening, observe proper posture whenever you lie, stand, sit or lift. Also avoid putting too much pressure on your back whenever you have to do your daily routine.
While these home remedies can help you deal with the pain, you should seek medical attention if your condition does not show any signs of improvement, when pain is already unbearable, or when you experience other symptoms such as weight loss, swelling, fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, difficulty in urination or worsening pain at night, among others.