Lower back pain is a major setback to posture maintenance. There are many ways in which lower back pain can be acquired. Perhaps you bent the wrong way or you were dealing with a degenerative condition like arthritis.
Whatever the cause, once you have lower back pain, it can be hard to shake. Sometimes it can get serious to the point where you feel numbness, weakness or tingling in your legs. At such point it is advisable to seek the doctor's advice.
However, there are ways that can help relieve lower back pain without necessarily going to the doctor. They include;
Endorphins are hormones that your body produces naturally and when they are released in your body, your brain will block pain signals. Endorphins are so powerful that they also help you alleviate the depression, stress and anxiety that are usually associated with the back pain. Releasing endorphins can be done through meditation, aerobics or a massage therapy.
2. Restorative sleep
Many people have problems falling asleep or sleeping the entire night. When you don't have a good night's sleep, pain is usually worse those days. Address your sleeping problem as a way to relieve back pain.
3. Stretching your abs and back
Your abs and back muscles have an important role in supporting your lower back. When you train these muscles on a daily basis, it can relieve lower back pain. You can talk to a specialized physical therapist, a kyphosis clinic, or a chiropractor on stretches that could help your pain.
4. Using cold and hot therapy
Cold and hot therapies have been used for many years as a powerful way to relieve lower back pain. While the cold therapy usually reduces inflammation and acts as a local anesthetic, the hot therapy stimulates the blood flow and stops the pain messages sent to your brain.
5. Stretching your hamstrings
The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of your thighs. Most people don't see the connection between these muscles and lower back pain but they have a strong influence. When your hamstrings are tight, your lower back will be stressed. So, stretching these muscles twice a day should give you more comfort.
6. The power of your brain
Your brain has unique ways to process and interpret pain. When you develop skills to train your brain to think positive, remain optimistic, continually search for help, and talk about it with others, you'll feel better.
There is no single cure or treatment for relieving back pain. It's a trial and error process to find out what works best for you.
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