Back pain can be a nightmare. People suffering from chronic back pain are usually
willing to try anything just to make the pain go away. They may try acupuncture, and
if that doesn’t work, they may try hydrotherapy, and if that fails too, it’ll be the next
method or another.
In most cases, it’s not just one method that helps. A combination of methods to treat
the problem on different fronts may be the only option. Acute back pain is usually
treated initially with a few holistic measures which could include –
This is the best short-term solution, but I stress the short-term solution. If you have a
bad back, rest is essential for the healing process. You’ll need to lie down, but you
shouldn’t lie down for too long because it increases pressure on the spinal discs.
Intermittent rest Is what you’re aiming for. If the pain is bad, lie down for about 15
minutes and get up soon as you can and move around slowly.
A HARD BED
You want to use a firm mattress that provides sufficient support. Do not lie on the
floor because this can exacerbate your condition. Place a pillow under your knees
when lying flat. This will ‘flatten’ your spine and ease the pressure. If you’re lying on
your side, place a pillow between your legs to reduce pressure.
If the pain is bad due to inflamed spine tissues, you’ll need to use non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) to help relieve your pain. Some of these
medications are strong and may have side effects such as gastric pain. So always check
with your doctor before taking any.
This is a natural remedy and while it will not work overnight, in the long run it can be
very helpful for protecting your cartilage. You can get a bottle of glucosamine at most
supermarkets, Boots or health shop.
This may seem to be the last thing on most people’s minds, but light exercise can
work wonders. Choose low impact activities like Pilates and yoga. The goal will be to
strengthen your core and back muscles. Thousands of people have watched their back
pain diminish and disappear once they started doing Pilates and yoga. These exercises
will make your body more limber and stronger at the same time.
Any imbalances in your body will also be corrected. For example, if your abs are weak
and your midsection is protruding and placing stress on your back muscles, Pilates
will strengthen your core. With a strong core, you’ll be able to hold your belly in
without your back propping you up. You’ll also lose weight because of the exercise,
and this too will ease your back pain.
Depending on the severity of the pain, the doctor may either give you medication to
to take orally, or you’ll be given an injection in the affected area. These are temporary
measures to relieve the pain, but can last a few weeks to a few months. However it’s a
post code lottery if you can have the injections so try not to become to reliant on them
like I did. You’ll still need to find other methods to help improve the situation.
These are some of the common remedies for acute back pain. Of course, there are
other methods such as nerve pills, muscle relaxant pills, multivitamins, etc. However,
these merely treat the symptoms. A good physiotherapist/ chiropractor/ osteopath or
pain clinic are a great place to start your treatment.