Back pain can be incredibly
debilitating, especially if it's severe. However, even minor back pain can
cause a lot of discomfort throughout the day and night, making it difficult to
accomplish daily tasks as well as just to sleep. While you should be sure to
seek physical therapy
for back pain if this
is the case, the following are a few tips that you can try to help relieve the
back pain that you are experiencing:
moderate exercise - You won't want to perform any
strenuous activity that could make things worse, but you don't want to sit
around all day either. Going for long walks can be very helpful since doing so
will prevent you from sitting and help keep your body in its natural upright
position. Swimming and yoga are also two forms of moderate exercise that can
help relieve back pain. These two forms of exercise can help strengthen your
core, allowing you to reduce the strain you put on your lower back.
pillows to sleep - It can be very difficult to get
any sleep when you're suffering from back pain. Not to mention that it's not
uncommon to wake up in the morning with even worse pain in your back. To avoid
this and to find a comfortable position, consider sleeping on your side and
placing a pillow between your knees. This will keep your spine in a neutral
position. If you tend to sleep on your back, then place a pillow below your knees.
bed rest - Your back may hurt to the point
where you just want to lie down until it goes away, but lying down for too long
can actually make your back pain worse.
ice or heat packs - Applying an ice pack or a heat
pack to your back can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Try applying either
for roughly 20 minutes at a time.
ways to relax - Certain relaxation techniques,
such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga, can help to induce a relaxation
response, which can help you reduce your perceived pain level.
These are a few tips for
relieving back pain. However, the most effective way to treat back pain is to
see a physical therapist. To schedule physical therapy for back pain, be sure
to contact us at Advanced Motion
Therapeutic. We have
locations in Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie and Sebastian, FL.