Home Remedies for Back Pain Care
Most people who experience acute back pain are able to get better through a combination of rest and home remedies. Patients may use products readily available to reduce inflammation to painful areas, and may make some modifications to their home environment that promote back health while sitting, working, and sleeping at the house. Also, any additional products required for home therapies will be available at the local grocery store or sporting goods store. You may not have to look any further than your refrigerator or home gym to reduce inflammation and soreness, and to build up some of your core muscles so that you do not feel back pain again.
Ice application - In a recent study, two-thirds of people reported significant back pain relief using an ice pack. Proper application of ice includes alternating periods of 20 minutes with ice and 10 minutes without. You should wrap the ice in a towel to prevent skin pain or freezer burn. You should continue these applications until you experience significant relief that day. You may not need any fancy products for your ice therapy; a bag of frozen vegetables, or cubes of ice wrapped in a towel may suffice. There are also ice pack products that you can buy if you want something that is portable, easier to use, and won't make as much of a mess. For example, the Dura Soft Back Ice Pack from DH Orthopedics is portable, and can wrap around the entire torso, providing 350 degrees of relief along the entire lower back. The Dura Soft Back Ice Wrap will provide 2 hours of cold therapy.
Limit the amount of time at your desk - Limit The time you spend in your chair, compressing your back and putting pressure on it. By now it is well researched that we actually shrink (get shorter) during the day due to the amount of time we spend seated and standing, putting weight on our intervertebral discs and compressing them and drawing water out of them. Particularly, remaining seating in the same position for hours at a time will put additional pressure on the spine. The body is not really designed for sitting for several hours. Extended periods of sitting can cause compression of the spine and muscle imbalances that through the vertebrae out of alignment. James Zucherman, M.D. says that we should spend more time standing and walking during the day then we do sitting. While positional modification is not always possible due to work commitments and long commutes, there are some things we can do to improve our spine health. For example, you should be squirrelly and fidgety in your chair, you shouldn't get too comfortable in any one position. You should be shifting around in your chair as much as possible, and you should be getting up to walk around, at least once per hour.
Redesign Your Seats and Chairs - Newer cars are more likely to provide extra lumbar support for your lower back, and cervical next support in the event of an accident. If you feel like you are not getting enough lumbar support in your can, consider adding a lumbar pillow while you drive. The Self Inflating Back Rest - Bow Tie, available from Relax the Back (relaxtheback.com) can be inflated to provide just the right amount of lumbar support you need for your car, airplane seat, and desk chair.