Back pain is one of the most common health ailments plaguing anyone beyond their 20s. The susceptibility for back pain has increased ever, credits to most of the college graduates who land a white-collar job, with hours after hours sitting on the desk, jabbing away at the keyboard and making a mess of their back. The term ‘age’ has become irrelevant for back pain, as anyone who is in their adolescents and above are prone to it.
For the lucky ones, a correction in the posture or a vacation away from the desk does wonders in correcting their back in place, while for the less fortunate their condition is chronic. Chronic back pain happens over several months, if not years. There are however a few things that you can do to reduce the pain to some extent:
- Exercising is a means of strengthening the back and the muscles supporting it. You can do yoga or pilates to further increase flexibility and reduce the risk of further damage. Swimming and walking also do plenty to help. However, do keep in mind not to perform high-impact exercises, as they will worsen the situation.
- Be active throughout the day. if you are sitting indoors all day, then moving around and standing and stretching every now and then will prevent your pain from getting worse.
- Applying hot and cold packs will help you get relief. If there is inflammation, then putting a cold pack will help in reducing the swelling and control the pain better. If you feel that the muscles on your lower back are stiffened, then it would be wise to apply a hot pack. This will boost circulation and help in increasing blood flow.
- Try to stay clear of anti-inflammatory and painkillers. These will give you short-term relief but in the long run, you will be under an increased risk of heart and stroke-related ailments.
- If the back pain lasts for longer than a few weeks to a month, then it would be advised to visit a medical practitioner.
Keep in mind to stay optimistic and be patient. These tips take time to get to work, like most natural therapy and over time you will experience a definite difference in the way you feel. Remember, it is the little changes in your lifestyle that can help you mitigate the pain and reduce the intensity and frequency of the back pain.