Any simple ideas to get rid of back pain/sprain

United States
November 24, 2008 1:48pm CST
Can you suggest some easy ways to get rid of the lower back ache??
6 responses
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
24 Nov 08
heat i think would be the best. have a hot bath (as hot as you can stand it and stay there for about 10 minutes. i have super bad knees and i have a bath every few nights when i need to and i feel much better afterwards!
• United States
24 Nov 08
i think that would depend on what kind of job you are in? If you was in lets say a hard labour job, I would go with heat also, but every night, also doing exercises every day will help strengthen the lower back.
• India
25 Nov 08
If you have acute low back pain, spine-care providers can help you by advising you to stay as active as possible, prescribing medication if the pain makes it difficult to stay active and prescribing manipulation if you need it. But the most important steps in dealing with low back pain are the things you do to help yourself. No-one else can do them for you. It's important to take the initiative and help yourself from the start. At first you may be in a lot of pain, but remember pain can be controlled. Ask your treatment provider for pain relief and if you're having difficulty doing your usual activities, ask what other support and assistance is available. Most back pain gets better quickly Fortunately, most back pain gets better quite quickly - often within a month - though it's not unusual to still have some niggles. Keep active. You will need to build up your strength again gradually and steadily, but moving around and doing normal physical activities will not harm your back - not doing them will reduce your chances of recovery. Set yourself goals to build up your fitness. Do no more on the good days and no less on the bad days. Learn to relax. Your muscles get tight and tense if you are stressed.
@jedlon (2)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have gone thru much back pain myself. Ice is always good to decrease swelling and to bring instant relief most of the time. Heat is good also, just be aware that heat can sometimes irritate nerves, in the case of a herniated disc, etc. A strong core is a must, as well as a balanced body all around. The bad part of this is that it takes a daily exercise routine to accomplish this. Also a focus on developing and stretching the glutes can often relieve the workload, and discomfort in the lower back.
• India
25 Nov 08
TRY heating pads or hot baths .. stay in it for a while
• United States
24 Nov 08
I recommend doing some exercises for your core. That will help stabilize all the muscles around your spine and giver you better support everyday. Try pilates or yoga for a good start.
@owlwings (41475)
• Cambridge, England
24 Nov 08
It all depends what the cause is, of course. If it is some kind of recent damage, then proper rest, posture and care will see that it heals in due course. You may like to look at this website, however, which describes a method called 'Emotional Freedom Technique' based on some acupuncture theory (but without needles) and the technique of countering negative thoughts with positive ones. http://www.emofree.com/a/?3252/articles.aspx?id=19