Tips for relieving back pain

Tips for relieving back pain

March 19, 2018

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:

  • Do 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.
  • Use 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.
  • Limit 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.
  • Use 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.
  • Find 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.