An estimated 50% to 80% of American adults will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can keep you from being able to function normally at work, and at home. You may not be able to sit down or stand up for long periods of time with upper or lower back pain, and the pain that you feel can last for days or weeks. Thankfully there are options to help reduce or eliminate pain
These simple tips can help your overall health, and may also decrease back pain:
Exercise: Doing cardiovascular exercises can allow you to improve your overall health, as well as your back health. Activities such as running, walking, swimming, biking, dancing, and lifting weights are very beneficial for your body. Certain workouts and stretches, such as crunches, lumbar stabilization exercises, wall squats and hamstring stretches, will likely reduce lower back pain. Be sure to consult a physician or physical therapist before starting any new exercise program. A healthy diet and a regular sleep schedule are also best practice to combine with exercise.
Posture: Maintaining good posture, especially if you work on a computer, can also help you to prevent or reduce lower back pain and neck problems. The key to having good posture is keeping your back in a straight position instead of bending it, something that can be difficult when you sit in front of a computer for long periods of time. If possible, you should use an ergonomic chair that offers support for your back. Also, good core strength helps with slouching and has been proven to help with good posture and lower back pain.
Medication: When you feel intense lower back pain, you have the choice to use proven over-the-counter remedies to reduce pain and inflammation. Certain pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can provide temporary pain relief.
Topical Analgesics: Topical creams, patches, and ointments, such as Absorbine Jr., are proven effective in fighting muscle pain. Absorbine Jr. contains natural ingredients and has been used by generations of individuals for over 100 years, to relieve sore muscles, arthritis symptoms and back pain. Ingredients such as menthol, camphor, lidocaine, and capsaicin have been shown to help pain when applied topically. Heat and cold packs have also been shown to help with inflammation and soreness as well.
Try Low-Impact Exercises: Yoga and Tai Chi are both excellent for back pain. Yoga’s breathing exercises and postures have been shown to improve flexibility and relax your muscles. Tai Chi is beneficial for improving your balance.
Drink Tea: Tea is an anti-inflammatory way to alleviate pain. Simply sip a few cups of green tea for immediate relaxation and mild pain relief. Looking for a soothing option? Try peppermint tea; the polyphenols in the peppermint plant work to open your blood vessels and reduce pain.