Best Back Pain Treatments
Alleviate chronic back pain suffering now with back pain relief treatments that work
Chronic back pain can seriously disaffect quality of life and if left untreated can become worse over time. There are a large variety of treatments, products and solutions available today. As a sufferer from scoliosis I have tried many treatments and some have worked, some haven't. This guide provides only the solutions that I have personally tried and that actually worked. Don't allow yourself to live in pain everyday. There are simple and low cost solutions that can help relieve back pain immediately and effectively.
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Yoga is my favorite activity in the entire world- no question. It has done more for my back pain than anything else. It also has the added benefits that it really helps reduce stress, increase flexibility, improve circulation (I used to have perpetually cold hands and feet until I started yoga), better balance and it truly makes me a happier person. It is the best thing I've ever done for myself. Plus since I have a curved spine I'm at risk of gradually becoming more and more disfigured with time. Yoga helps strengthen and stretch my back muscles which in turn will help maintain my posture and reduce disfigurement as I continue into old age. My first introduction to yoga was a class I took at a local community college. I highly recommend finding a good beginners yoga class if you've never practiced before. It's crucial to get good instruction so that you do the poses correctly. If you do poses incorrectly it can actually end up hurting your back. I now also take classes at my gym and practice at home but my first teacher was thorough in teaching me the basics.
The only thing you really need to get started with yoga is a nice quality yoga mat. It doesn't need to be expensive or flashy, only something that will keep you from sliding and will cushion you on the floor.
I used to believe that massages were a luxury; I've come to look at them as a necessity. While pregnant with my first child I figured I deserved some regular massages but didn't want to spend upwards of $100 every time. My solution was I joined a massage club with a 6 month contract. I planned on canceling once the 6 months were up. That was 4 years ago and I still haven't cancelled... It's an affordable way to get professional massages on a regular basis and it's made a huge difference in how I feel. I recently went for 2 months without having a massage (I usually get 1-2 per month) because I was too busy to think about it. It was amazing how poorly I started to feel and how much that first massage hurt since my muscles hadn't been worked out for so long. Even the therapist mentioned that I should never go that long again, though he is biased... But I did feel much better afterward so I know it's making a big difference. It's also a great stress relief and just an enjoyable experience. At home massages are nice too if you either have someone who will give them to you or you can get a good hand held massager.
Massage Tools for Back Pain Relief
These at home massage tools can take a massage to the next level. Some will help you give yourself a massage and other products help others in your household give you a massage if you can wrangle someone to do so.
Common causes of back pain include injury or pressure on nerve roots of the spinal cord. This can be caused by conditions such as fractures, osteoarthritis, a herniated disc or spinal deformities like scoliosis.
Some less common causes of back pain are: arthritis, spinal tumors or bacterial infection.
Stress can also play a major role in back pain. When a person is stressed they tend to tense their muscles which leads to pain. Therefore emotional conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and depression can directly affect pain in the back.
Memory Foam Mattress for back pain relief
Ok, so this is not one of the cheaper solutions but it will make a big difference. I'd heard good things but was hesitant to spend the money until my husband and I spent the night at a hotel that featured a memory foam mattress. After just two nights at the hotel we knew we had to have one. While I can't say it's completely cured my back pain there is no question it has reduced it and I notice a marked difference when I wake up. My husband also suffers from back pain so one purchase helped us both.
The way it works is it relieves pressure points which thereby improves overall sleep quality. It forms to your body which is not only comfortable; it's good for your back. It can relieve joint and muscle pain and you'll get better sleep not only because of the comfort but because it doesn't transfer much movement from your partner. It's one of the best purchases we've ever made.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses don't have to be expensive. The cheapest option is going with a simple mattress topper. The most luxurious is a Tempurpedic. Whatever works best for you and your budget it's sure to help reduce or even eliminate back problems.
Made in the USA this luxuriant mattress is made of premium foam and features a 20 year limited warranty.
At Home Acupuncture for back pain relief
I'll be honest and admit that I've never tried real acupuncture. I've been tempted but at the end of the day the idea of sticking needles through my skin freaks me out. I have heard of the benefits however so I decided to give this at home acupuncture mat a try. It's something you can do from home, at a decent one time price and no needles! I really like it and do think that it helps. It's too edgy for me without a shirt but with one on it really does improve back pain.
Tips to help prevent back pain
Use correct lifting methods when picking up heavy items
Get a good night sleep
Don't smoke (A significant association between smoking and back pain has been found in research studies)
Maintain a healthy weight
Use good posture
Stretch your back often (flexibility in the back reduces the likelihood of injury)
It's very important when choosing a Chiropractic Doctor that you find a good one. I had a poor experience when I was younger so I refused to go for many years. My sister finally bought me 3 sessions of spinal decompression and adjustments as a gift. I ended up not being able to use the spinal decompression's because I was pregnant at the time but I did get my 3 adjustments. I couldn't believe what a difference it made it my back and in particular neck pain. As much as I love regular massages this helped much more than anything else I had ever tried. I went for about 5 months without another adjustment and was virtually pain free during that time. Before that I hadn't gone longer than a day without pain. I now go periodically to maintain my back and sometimes if my back is really bad I need several sessions close together. However it really works in solving my issues.
Chiropractic care focuses on realigning the bone in the body particularly the spine. Doctors can determine and remove blocks to the central nervous system. Optimizing the nervous systems helps the body to function better overall. An x-ray will often be used to diagnosis and then the Chiropractic Doctor will use either his hands or instruments to make adjustments to your bones.
Chiropractic care reduces or even gets rid of back pain. It also has some lesser known benefits which include: Increased immunity and resistance to illnesses, can relieve eczema symptoms, eases painful menstrual cycles, can help improve hypothyroidism, and is even thought to help with fertility issues.
Video on Proper Lifting Techniques - Prevent Back Injuries by Lifting Objects Correctly
Proper lifting can do a lot to prevent back pain from ever starting. Back pain is often a result of picking up a heavy item incorrectly. Watch this video to see how to lift in such a away to prevent back injury.
Honorable Mentions for Back Pain Relief - This back pain devices may seem strange but they do help
This device designed by a chiropractor encourages the vertebrae in the spine to realign into their natural positions. This improves mobility and reduces back pain. I find it's a little uncomfortable at first but as I relax, it starts to feel pretty good. I typically will support my neck and use the Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer and this product simultaneously.
This tool helps to relax the neck and restore the proper curve in the neck. When my neck hurts this helps a lot.
© 2012 Melissa Miotke