6 SIMPLE TREATMENTS TO HELP WITH BACK PAIN…

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 –

REST

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.

MEDICATION

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.

GLUCOSAMINE

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.

LIGHT EXERCISE

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.

STRONGER MEDICATION

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.

SIX GREAT PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE FESTIVE ACTIVITIES…

Christmas is nearly upon us and many chronic pain sufferers will struggle to get out during and after the festive period. Apart from the buying of presents, there are lots of other activities that come about at this time of year. For instance, the nativity play, the Christmas party, the family get together and the list goes on.

The simple act of sitting down on something that is not suitable for say a person with a back problem could actually create more pain for them. So, I’ve looked into portable outdoor seat/supports/cushions just for this reason. My top choice would be –

Highlander Folding Outdoor Sit Mat Lightweight Padded Portable Stadium Seat which is constructed from High-Density foam and a hard-wearing durable Polyester. It’s LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT AND PORTABLE: Weighing only 380g and measuring 40x40x4cm when folded and will offer comfort and support use after use. This one I found was available on Amazon and is £13.99

The Back Booster helps support the lower back, helps relax lower back muscles and is very lightweight and portable, nylon carry bag included. It inflates in a few breaths and deflates to pocket size and is £14.99 available from The Back Booster.

A coccyx cushion of which there are quite a few about. I cannot live without mine and have them in every car and upstairs in my stud. Whenever we go away take one with me and use it when I go to the cinema. I would honestly be quite miserable without mine so here’s a couple to choose from. The Drive Coccyx Cushion which is on Amazon at the moment for £9.95 This fully portable, uniquely designed cushion can help relieve that pressure and may help to prevent back pain by suspending your coccyx over the cutout section.

Or The Sciatica Relief Cushion which performs just like its name and is well worth the investment of £31.50 The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

I would also add this Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat as if like me you cannot even stand for long in a queue then this is just perfect. The Height adjustable walking stick seat is designed to provide support and comfort and provides a stable and comfortable seated position when you need a break from standing. This particular one is from Amazon for £25 but there are also a number of them on Complete Care Shop website. 

Finally the Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion from Complete Care Shop which is ergonomically designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort to the user and is ideal when travelling. It is suitable for long train, plane or car journeys and is of a lightweight, compact nature making it tremendously portable. Made from high-quality memory foam, it helps to alleviate pressure and tension and will not lose its shape. This black Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion is supplied with a removable velour cover and costs £8.89

Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion