Back pain can be one of the most debilitating conditions to cope with. My own experience of back pain started after I had an epidural during a caesarean section, since then I have suffered with (thankfully) sporadic back pain that is made worse when I take long walks, or have to walk up a lot of stairs and steps. On these occasions doing anything becomes difficult and I can suffer severe discomfort and lots of pain.
My own back pain came through pregnancy, but there are many other reasons why you may encounter your own pain. This can be anything from having a serious accident, being injured through sports and other physical activities, hurting yourself lifting something too heavy, and even from carrying too much weight, putting a strain onto this part of your body. Whatever the reason, it can be debilitating to have to live with.
This post is dedicated to some of my own tips on what I do when the back pain arises. There are things that you can do to ease the pain, and at least try to ensure that the discomfort isn’t added.
Here are some of the things I do.
Seek Professional Help and Advice
One thing you shouldn’t do is suffer in silence, you can find professional help that could alleviate the pain, or, in some cases, get rid of it altogether. Physio is an effective way to deal with sports, spine, muscle & joint issues and many physio services offer all manner of physio programmes that deal with your pain, whether it be lower back, or upper back and neck related.
Total Physio is not purely about physiotherapy, it has a range of treatments to suit the individual, including Massage Therapists, Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Acupuncturists. They say:-
We are entirely focused on working with you to help you achieve your lifestyle ambitions, whatever your age or activity level, whether you are aiming to run a marathon or enjoy a stroll in the park.
You may not feel like you want to move much, particularly when pain is strong, but the truth is that staying still too long and resting up actually makes the condition worse. Try to do some specific exercises for back pain (speak to your doctor or physio for advice on this) or take up swimming, yoga or Pilates. Gentle walks may also help, and getting some fresh air is never a bad thing.
Take a relaxing bath
When the pain is really bad, I try to relax my muscles by taking a hot, soothing bath. I find bath oils and bubble baths that contain Arnica are great as they can be anti-inflammatory, and also ease the stress and tension that you may be feeling in your muscles and joints.
Think about your mattress
A soft mattress that makes you want to fall into bed sounds like a great idea, but can be awful if you suffer from back pain. Your mattress needs to support your back, so an orthopedic mattress could be the perfect choice. A medium firm mattress will allow you comfort, but will also give your back the support you need, You can also get a memory foam mattress topper for extra back support.
What position are you sleeping in?
The one thing I cannot do when my back hurts is sleep on my back. I lie on my left side with my legs pulled up, and sometimes I find it useful to put a cushion between my legs for extra support. I find I can lie on either side, but for me, lying on my right side is more comfortable and I tend to sleep better that way.