Simple and Effective Ways To Alleviate Back Pain
The process of ageing is always accompanied by a number of symptoms and woes. Apart from the rapid change in our physical appearance and the risk of a declining memory, suffering from the aches of back pain is also an all-too-common inevitable part of advancing into older age.
Back pain and its causes
The most common type of back pain is usually felt on the lower back where you can experience a shooting or stabbing discomfort. Whilst lower back pain typically resolves on its own after just a few days, it can escalate to being chronic if neglected. When this happens, the aching radiates to other parts of the body such as the hips or legs which can prevent you from standing up straight and even limit your mobility.
Back pain can be due to carrying around extra weight, poor posture, injuries, physiological stress, as well as medical conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and viral infections. Medications might be necessary for relieving back pain but you might want to take note first of these simple and effective ways to alleviate the inflammation:
The inflammation caused by a back pain can be reduced by simply staying physically active. The more exercise you get on a regular basis, the better you will feel. Keep doing physical activities and you’re sure to bounce back easier from episodes of back pain.
Apart from doing the basics such as taking a daily walk or jog and joining dance classes for older adults, here are a few exercises that focus on spinal health and core strength:
- Sit backs
- Curl Ups
- Leg Strengthening
- Leg Extensions
- Back Extensions
- Straight Leg Raises
- Pelvic Tilt
When you start feeling the discomfort from your back pain, reach for an ice pack or a frozen bag of peas and apply to the areas where you feel the inflammation. To avoid muscle spasms and effectively reduce the pain, do an interval of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off when applying the ice.
If the pain persists and lasts for two or three days, consider applying heat instead. Use a heating pad, take warm baths or briefly lie under a heat lamp to relax your back muscles and stimulate your blood flow. Keep in mind to never overuse heat to avoid getting burned and stretch warmed muscles after the heat source is removed to prevent muscle spasms.
Consider physical therapy
Physical therapy is another way to improve your balance and flexibility, as well as make your spine more resilient. Consult your physician who can prescribe you with a back-healthy exercise program to help you gain more strength.
Whilst you are making sure that you get to do your everyday exercise and physical activities, it is just as important to know your body’s limitations and know if it is already time to stop. Get a good amount of rest and refrain from staying in bed for more than 48 hours. Additionally, it can also help you a great deal to switch your regular and stiff furniture with an adjustable bed that can best support your sleeping positions as well as a good rise and recline chair that can give you the best comfort when sitting.
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