From bending over to finding a comfortable position in which to sleep, chronic back pain can make everything difficult. It’s the sort of discomfort that can produce a desperate desire for relief. Unfortunately, when faced with this, people will all too often jump to extremes before first trying safer alternatives.
At NonSurgical Medical Group, it is our mission to provide people with these safe alternatives. Our team of orthopedic, chiropractic, and physical therapy specialists aim to help you achieve lasting pain relief before you move on to dangerous treatments involving surgery and addictive medications.
Though not all chronic pain is receptive to our treatments, our renowned approach has promising results. Review this list to find out if you are a good candidate for our noninvasive treatment methods, and read on to learn about some tips for achieving back pain relief.
Be Conscious of Posture
Poor posture can exacerbate back pain. Slouching or sitting for long periods of time can both create back pain and make existing pain worse. When sitting at a desk, do not slump over your keyboard or work. Make an effort to sit upright, feet on the floor, and keep your body fully-supported by the back of your seat. It may help to put a pillow or rolled up towel between your lower back and the seat.
See a Physical Therapist
Though this isn’t a home remedy, it is an important tip—especially since pinpointing the source of your pain and finding suitable treatments can be difficult to do alone. Sometimes even if you have all the information you need in front of you—say in a book or on the web—it takes a professional demonstration for the point to fully sink in. A physical therapist can provide this service. They can teach you how to adjust the way you sit, stand, and keep your spine in alignment. On top of this, a good physical therapist can introduce you to strengthening exercises you can do at home.
Balance Rest and Movement
After the return of chronic back pain, it’s natural to want to rest and remain inactive until the pain subsides. However, lying still for multiple days is not an effective treatment for back pain. In fact, it could actually worsen the ache. It’s essential to slowly and cautiously resume movement and attempt to strengthen up your back muscles. Studies show that when you increase the strength and flexibility of your back—through exercises like swimming, yoga, and walking—back pain can become less severe. However, you want to be sure not to strain or overwork your back. Similarly, if you have a severe back injury, seek medical help before following this advice.
Apply Ice and Heat
Like with any injury, the application of ice to the area in pain can help reduce discomfort and swelling. When first injuring your back, apply ice regularly—several times a day for up to 20 minutes each time. This is especially important to do within the first 49 hours of an injury.
Heat treatments should be used for chronic and lower back pain. They can help relax and loosen up tissues and stimulate blood flow. However, heat should not be applied after activity or after an acute injury.
Get Massage Therapy
This is another one of those tips that can’t be applied at home—unless, of course, you have a masseuse friend or family member. Massages are great ways to improve both your mental and physical health—lower back pain included. Though you will likely not experience relief after a single massage, studies show that weekly massages can decrease pain and improve mobility for people with chronic back pain.
Seek Neuromodulation Therapy
Neuromodulation (rTMS) is a brain stimulation therapy that has proven to be an effective treatment for chronic pain—especially neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, CRPS Type 1, and Trigeminal Neuralgia. This safe, cutting-edge therapy works by targeting parts of the brain that are implicated in chronic pain. It is typically utilized after first trying more traditional, orthopedic methods. To learn more about neuromodulation, click here.
If you find yourself feeling like pain relief is impossible, and you are considering an invasive surgery or medication, contact us. Though we can’t guarantee that we will be able to relieve your back pain, we have a record of success for treating chronic pain without surgery, medication, and invasive procedures.