Relief of chronic back pain can come in many forms and doesn’t always require a prescription. Medications and conventional medical treatments can sometimes be augmented with a few simple measures.
Doing an activity just for yourself can also help you feel more empowered, helping dial down your stress level.
Take a look at these natural pain-relieving strategies and find out what works best for you:
Ease morning pain:
If your back pain is intense when you wake up, consider putting a heating pad under the painful part of your back before you get out of bed. The heat warms up your muscles, eases morning stiffness and spurs blood flow to the area.
Get regular massages:
Massage can promote circulation, ease stress, relax muscles, and boost endorphins the pain relievers naturally produced by the body. Some massage therapists can work in your home.
Have a good laugh with yoga:
Laughter increases oxygen intake, reduces stress, and encourages the production of endorphins, all of which help reduce pain naturally. Laughter yoga programs around the country are designed to help people reduce pain naturally through encouraging laughter. Combining deep breathing exercises typical of yoga with laughter exercises, this type of yoga may be an appealing option if you find other activities too painful.
Change your sleep position:
If you’re struggling to sleep soundly, try experimenting with different sleep positions. Sleeping in a reclining position can help reduce stress on your lower back.
Take a long, hot bath:
Don’t underestimate the soothing effects of a hot tub for easing aches and pains. Your muscles may even relax enough to allow some stretching. While a bath is relaxing, some people have trouble falling asleep right afterwards. Taking a bath two or three hours before going to bed may be a better option. To maximize the relaxation, consider using a bath cushion to support your back while you’re in the tub.
Take the plunge:
The buoyancy of the water lets you enjoy the benefits of exercise with less pain. Water therapy exercises are often done in water that is about 83 degrees to 88 degrees. Hydrotherapy pool temperatures are usually more than 90 degrees.