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Methods for Treating Common Back Pain

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If your back pain does not require medical attention, i.e. if you feel you over exerted the muscles you can perform a few actions at home to, perhaps relieve your pain. The common treatments include bed rest, pain remedies, cold or hot pads, massage, relax, and so on.

Sometimes when we pull (strain) the back muscles, pain medication may help reduce the pain. Common over-the-counter meds include ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin. You should avoid taking ibuprofen and aspirin combined to treat common back pain. In addition, if you have asthma, allergies, or polyps, leave ibuprofen and aspirin alone. Please always read the label and make sure it is right for you.

Cold packs work well, yet if you have conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or related symptoms you should avoid using cold packs. In most other cases cold packs can reduce acute back pain (0-48hrs after the pain started). Leave the cold pack on the area where your pain is – not directly on your skin – for at least ten to fifteen minutes. This should be long enough to reduce muscle spasms, pain, or inflammation. If the pain persists you can repeat this every hour.

After 48hrs you can apply hot packs to the area. Leave the hot packs on your back for at least ten to fifteen minutes as well.

If your muscles are tight, you may benefit from a massage. An experienced Remedial Massage Therapist will be able to assess your back pain and let you know if massage is appropriate and beneficial to you. They will be able to recommend a treatment plan so you recover as quick as possible and get back to doing the things you love pain free. Avoid going to just any massage ‘parlour’, most of these places have unqualified people doing massage. Make sure you go to a professional when it come to back pain.  

Note: If you have fallen and injured your back, or if you were recently in an accident. Seek medical help first.

You can also relax the back if your muscles are tense. Relaxation promotes wellness, since the muscles can rest from over-exertion. Please be mindful that relaxing your back does not mean do nothing at all. To avoid complicating common back pains you should move around at least 30 minutes each day.

Throughout the day we sit, lie on the back, stand, walk, etc, which all applies gravity pressure to the spine. We can learn proper sitting strategies to avoid complicating common back pain.

When sitting you can roll a towel up and situate it at the lower back and on your chair. This will provide the lumbar support. If you have, certain conditions however avoid using such support. Conditions such as spine stenosis or spondylolisthesis can become irritated if you use back supports in such a way.

To minimize back pain, you should avoid sitting for long hours. Walk around in intervals if you have a job that requires you to sit for long hours.

Common back stress can be reduced, yet if you try remedies at home or at work and the remedies fail, you may need to seek medical advice. 

The Back Pain Specialists in Myaree, Melville & Booragoon