Back Pain Products that You Can Use in Your Home
There are many back pain products that you can use in your home as well as things around the home that you can use to rehabilitate your back and make it stronger. For instance, in one study, nearly two-thirds of people with back pain (lumbago) reported significant relief after using an ice pack. If you feel heat or pain in your back, you may use some bags of ice or ice cubes in 20 minute intervals to reduce much of your pain and inflammation. Many doctors and therapists recommend putting ice on your affected area for 20 minute intervals separated by 10 minutes in between. Continue these intervals until you experience relief.
Other back products that you can buy for your home include ergonomic chairs and workstations, exercise balls, inversion therapy devices, back supports and cushions, and massage chairs. Most of these devices are designed to take some pressure off a compressed spine, increase blood flow to promote healing, and to reduce inflammation to affected areas.
Reposition your chair or get a new one. A good desk chair should provide comfortable lower back support. If yours does not, then you should by supplemental supports or cushions for it or consider buying a new bed. You might be spending nearly 16 hours a day in your chair, car seat, and bed, and you will want good support for all three of these things. If your desk chair doesn't provide comfortable lower-back support, get the support you need. Devices like the Contour Lumbar can attach to the back of a desk chair and will reduce pressure on the lower spine. The desk chair should lean back slightly, and it should have a shape similar to the curves of a healthy spine. Your chair should be adjustable to a height where your feet are flat on the floor.
Your Bed: Doctors say that your mattress should neither be too firm nor too soft. If your mattress is too soft, you should place a sheet of plywood underneath it. Some patients report significant relief from waterbeds. Some patients report significant relief from memory foam mattresses such as Tempur-Pedic and Dormia. Most memory foam mattresses are between 8-12 inches thick with a type of memory foam "gel" that contours to your body. Memory foam mattress pads can also be bought to go over standard mattresses to make hard mattresses more soft.
Inversion Tables: Inversion tables have been available for some time now, and back pain sufferers use them with the goal of decompression the spine long enough for herniated discs to heal. The concept of the inversion table is for the patient to be drawn into a flat position with their feet above their head. In this position, the spine becomes decompressed, giving worn out/damaged discs an opportunity to heal and resume a more normal shape. Think of disc decompression as a jelly doughnut being squeezed to the point where the jelly starts leaking out the sides of it. As the spine becomes decompressed, it is able to then morph back into its normal shape, and to retain and absorb water and nutrients to become healthy again. Inversion tables such as Teeter Hang Ups (www.teeter-inversion.com) allow patients the ability to change their angle of inversion, and they are easy to get in and out of.