Lower back pain can be uncomfortable and difficult to manage, but with some expert advice, you can reduce the pain and lessen the chances of future flare ups. Here are some tips for dealing with this kind of pain.
Is it serious? Seek advice
First of all, it’s important to stress that you should always seek medical advice if your back pain is severe. If you’ve had an injury and you’re in a lot of pain, you should see a doctor before doing anything else. The focus of this article is milder back pain – the type that you might experience on a daily basis.
Buy a support pillow
One of the easiest and quickest ways to lessen your discomfort is to buy yourself something called a lumbar pillow. These are special pillows that support the curve of your spine. They are suitable for using on any chair in your home as well as your chair at work and your car seat. You can even take them on holiday with you and use them on your airplane seat. The pillow will cradle your spine and relieve any pain or stiffness you might be experiencing whilst sitting. It’s a really useful accessory to have if you suffer from back pain.
This may sound strange, but if you are suffering from back pain, the last thing you should be doing is staying stationary. Staying too still is likely to lead to even more stiffness and will not alleviate your back pain. Instead of staying too still, you should gently try to do your normal everyday activities, for example chores around the house or walking the dog. Once your back has improved and you’re starting to feel better, you can even try some gentle exercise to keep your muscles supple. Swimming is a great example which can help to strengthen the back. For supporting the back and preventing future flare ups, you can also try exercises that focus on strengthening the pelvis, hip and abdominal muscles.
Relieve your pain
Don’t suffer in silence – try a gentle over the counter pain relief tablet to ease the inflammation that is causing your back pain. If you’re not sure which one to choose, ask your pharmacist for advice. There are lots of options to choose from when it comes to pain relief, including paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. Don’t forget to check whether any current medicine you’re taking is safe to take in conjunction with your pain relief tablets and always read the leaflet carefully before you take them.
Going back to work
If your job involves sitting at a desk all day, make sure your workspace is ergonomically sound. This might mean you need to sit at the right height for your desk, and having your computer screen level with your eyes, for example. Getting this right will mean you won’t have to hunch forward or strain your neck, both of which are bad news for your back. Pay particular attention to your desk chair and make sure it’s supporting your back rather than causing further issues. Look at Celestine & Co’s light blue lumbar pillows for a way to improve things.