In the United States it’s estimated that 80% of people will have back pain in their life and the number keeps rising. Be it genetics, sports, work, or another type of injury that created the pain (either slowly or all at once) you’re not alone if you have back pain. While surgeries are the best way to permanently relieve the pain they can be expensive, risky and time consuming. Luckily there are so small things that we can do alleviate this pain that don’t have those costs and risks, in the short term.
- RICE – This is probably the most common tip that athletes know about is the RICE method for minor injury, but it also works for flair ups if you have arthritis or other issues. The letters of the method stand for Rest Ice Compression and Elevate. While this method doesn’t work for long term (I mean you do still need to use your legs sometimes) for immediate relief it’s a great option.
- Exercise – When you have pain it is very tempting to simply stop using doing things to keep the issue from happening. Except in the long run this will make the problem worse. Try simple exercise, like yoga, swimming and walking that are low impact but help you build muscle.
- Sleep! – You might not realize it but how you sleep is important. People spend an average of 8 hours a day sleeping and you want to make the most of it. It’s also important how you sleep which is why I’m very happy to tell you about the Orthopedic Knee Pillow. It’s made to help with Leg/Back/Joint Pain as well as pregnancy and Sciatica relief, and does so with its design that provides the ideal spine alignment. To use the pillow simply place it between your knees and sleep as usual on your side. This ComiLife pillow is lightweight, cool and comfortable and above all else affordable. You can get yours HERE from amazon
- Watch your Weight – Know that often times weight can be a touchy subject and at the risk of getting some hate, I think it’s important to add here. If you’re overweight or obese you might be able to find some relieve in losing weight because of the pressure it creates on your body.
- “What are Those?” – Footwear, while very important if you have knee pain is also pretty important if you suffer from back pain. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and look for an insole that works for you.
Of course in addition to these there are many other small fixes that can help your back pain. Be sure to let me know if you have any in the comments. And thank you to ComfiLife for helping me put together this post.