Pain in the lower back is a very common condition, being one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Lower back pain is often not caused by anything serious, typically a simple strain to a muscle or ligament, and it will usually get better over time. There are some things that you can try to help relieve it and reduce the pain in the meantime.

Keep Active

This is one of the most important things that you can do and it may feel difficult at first, but try to stay as active as possible, continuing your usual daily activities. Many people are under the impression that bed rest will help you recover from a bad back, but resting for long periods is actually likely to make the pain worse. People recover more quickly without any bed rest so the sooner you start moving, the faster you are likely to improve.

Back Exercises & Stretches

Just as with being active, exercising and stretching won’t necessarily cause further harm, even if you feel a bit of pain or discomfort. Simple stretches and back exercises can be done at home as often as needed and they can help reduce lower back pain. Other low impact activities such as walking, cycling and swimming can also be helpful. If you’re unsure what to try, consider visiting a chiropractor at Backworks for advice.

Heat & Ice Packs

The heat from a hot bath or a hot water bottle placed on the affected area is something that some people find can help to ease back pain when it first starts. Chiropractors at Backworks will usually recommend ice for a new injury, as an ice pack wrapped in a cloth can also help decrease pain levels. You can also try alternating between hot and cold using ice packs and a hot water bottle. This technique is known as contrast therapy and it can help to improve the circulation around any injured tissue.

Remain Positive and Relaxed

Although it might feel difficult, in order to ease the pain and muscle tension it is crucial that you learn to relax. Positive thinking can be just as helpful as painkillers. In fact, people that manage to remain positive, often tend to find that they recover quicker.

Talk to a Chiropractor

Backworks provide a range of services aimed at helping those suffering from low back pain and much more. We don’t just look at diagnosing and treating your complaint but also at getting to the root cause of the problem, diagnosing what caused it in the first place and preventing it from recurring. It’s what we do and it’s what we are good at. 

We also provide online chiropractic consultations for people who are unable to attend the clinic for whatever reason. Give us a call on 01702 342329 or visit our Contact Us page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.