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It's Your Body - Take Steps To Reduce Pain



Every now and then we would feel a crick on our backs, this is normal. Back pain usually comes after a whole afternoon spent sitting crouched on a desk, or perhaps spending all morning carrying your baby. In any case, back pain is only normal if it goes away on its own after a few days. If the pain lasts for longer and occurs with regularity, you may have chronic back pain issues.
Chronic back pain can be—well, a pain in the back quite literally and figuratively. It keeps you from doing your work well, from doing activities you love and from simply enjoying the day. It can get so intense that relieving the pain is usually all you can think of for hours at a time. The first thing to do if you are experiencing chronic back pain and if the pain is particularly intense is to seek the advice of your health care provider. The back pain can be a symptom of something more serious, so it is best to know what the underlying cause is for safety’s sake. When your doctor gives you the all clear, you can employ some simple at-home solutions in order to manage your chronic back pain.

Take over the counter pain medications. Most of the time, the pain that is caused by back pain can be relieved by over the counter medications such as ibuprofen and mefenamic acid. Take one of these pills and wait for a few minutes for it to take effect. You can also purchase pain relieving ointments to soothe muscles, such as popular brand Ben-gay.

Analyze what might be causing your back pain and adjust accordingly. Think about what’s causing your back pain: is it improper posture? Is it because you carry stuff that are too heavy such as your backpack or your toddler? Once you narrow down the suspects, take the necessary steps to correct them. Don’t slouch in front of the computer, and avoid carrying items (or children!) that are too heavy for your frame.

Take a warm soak. Aside from being thoroughly relaxing, soaking in lukewarm water has been known to relieve back pain. This is because the lowered temperature of the water can relax tense muscles in the back. If you don’t have a tub, standing for a few minutes under a hot shower would do. Let the spray directly wash over the affected area in your back.

Keep moving. You do need moments of rest but total inactivity can do more harm than good. Staying in a lying or sitting position for days at a time because of your back problems can cause surrounding muscles to lose their strength as well. Keeping moving by walking or stretching may hurt a bit, but the bigger picture is that this pain is actually your muscles stretching itself out of pain.

Try having a massage. For many people, having a deep tissue massage can help ease back pain. Just make sure that your masseuse is knowledgeable enough to know muscle structure and how to ease back pain—if the masseuse is not knowledgeable in this field then he or she can end up doing more harm to your back. Engage the service for about an hour. While having a massage you can also put on some relaxing music and scents that can further ease the tension away.