Pain in the lower back can ruin your day or even days, sometimes. It can affect your normal activities and be a problem when you really have to work. There are different approaches to the treatment of the lower back pain. Probably,the best way to alleviate the pain is to apply all of them. These treatments include therapeutic treatments, stretches and exercises and are proven beneficial for the people suffering from pain in their lower back.
Talking about therapeutic treatments, one can always use: OTC (over the counter) pain killers, massaging devices or cold and heat applications.
Heat and Cold
The simplest home pain-relieving methods are hot and cold modalities. You can try one that suits your needs and eases your pain, or use both hot and cold to relieve aches. The heat preparations are commonly made of uncooked microwave-heated rice. Just put some rice in a sock and heat it thoroughly (10 to 15 seconds will be enough). The heat from the rice should improve the blood flow in your lower back and relax the tightened muscles.
As cold preparations at home you can use pack of ice or some frozen peas in a plastic bag. Place the cold application to the painful area for couple of minutes. Removing the cold should increase the blood flow in your back, reduce the swelling, relieve the pain and increase flexibility of the back muscles.
Exercise and StretchStretching and exercising are also very helpful. Before starting any of these activities find out what exercises and what stretches are best for lower back pain. Sometimes, you might do more harm than good if you perform wrong exercises.
Strengthening your back muscles is important to stop the pain at the very beginning. Inform yourself about the muscles in the back and about the proper exercising regime and just after that – start working out.
Stretching is also beneficial. Many patients experienced noticeable difference in the back pain after some stretches. However, be careful, you need to know when, how and what to stretch to ease the lower back pain.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to consult the back pain specialist and discover the cause of your lower back pain. He/she will be then able to recommend OTC medications, exercise and stretches suitable for you. If you have any questions regarding your pain you can always consult them. There are also websites that claim to offer exactly the same thing online.