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Back Pain Treatments

Updated on June 25, 2008

Back Pain Treatments

You are not alone when you are looking for back pain treatments. Most people suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain becomes more common with age, and a common age to experience back pain is between 30 and 40. By reading this article you'll learn about back pain treatments that you could use to get relief from back pain.

Back Pain Treatment #1: Hot and Cold Compresses

Hot and cold compresses are among the most common back pain treatments. You could use compresses separately or alternatively in order to get relief from back pain.

Heat is used to relax the muscles. It works by dilating the blood vessels, which improves the flow of oxygen to the affected area and reduces back pain and muscle spasms. It is important to take care when applying heat to the lower back region. Please remember that constant heat for prolonged periods can have a negative effect on the organs in your abdominal region. That is why you should not sleep on a heating pad. Instead, apply heat on your lower back for no more than 20 to 30 minutes.

Cold packs, as a means of back pain treatment, are used to reduce inflammation, such as that from arthritis or injury. This works by contracting blood vessels and the flow of blood to the area. Like heat packs, it is important to avoid prolonged application of cold packs as a method of back pain relief. The simplest solution for a cold pack is to take a bag of ice or frozen peas and wrap it in a towel. You shouldn't apply cold packs directly on your skin because it might damage your skin.

Back Pain Treatment #2: Rest and Exercise

Rest as a back pain treatment might be necessary for your back to heal when you are suffering from acute back pain. However, you should try to maintain as much activity as is comfortable for you. Getting up and moving around gives back pain relief, because blood circulation remains sufficient and delivers oxygen and nutrition to the area, and transports metabolic waste from the painful area.

Specific stretching exercises can be used to treat back pain by reducing back stiffness and possibly relieving compression on the spine. Stretching, however, is better as a preventive back pain treatment method. Suitable back exercises will strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, back and legs and buttocks, which then will provide better support to your back and thus prevent back pain.

Back Pain Treatment: Massage

Massage is a pleasant back pain treatment when you have found a good masseur. Massage as a back pain treatment stimulates blood flow to the affected area, and relaxes stiff back muscles.

Back Pain Treatment : Acupressure for back pain

Acupressure has been shown to be an effective back pain treatment method. The latest research significantly shows better results using acupressure than other methods of physical therapy. Acupressure is an ancient Chinese medical practice which targets the same acupoints used in acupuncture. The difference is that acupressure uses pressure rather than needles. The pressure is most commonly applied with fingertips on the specific acupressure points on your skin for back pain relief. The method is simple, and with basic instructions you could use acupressure as a back pain treatment at home by yourself.

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      Justin Silverman 

      10 years ago

      We carry a great line of all-natural hot/cold packs at www.HealthAndBodyStore.com

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