October 2020 – Issue 19
We want to talk you through three ways you can help your low back pain at home. In this time of COVID or simply not having time to go to the doctor, we want you to have reliable resources at your disposal.
The first tip to helping your low back pain from home is ice. I know a lot of people don’t like it, but it’s a natural anti-inflammatory! Using ice means you don’t have to take as many pills, so it can very much help your back pain! Using it once or twice a day is the first thing you need to do when you’re having back pain. If you’re really really, really against using ice, a heat pack is okay to follow up with right after icing. It’s not going to make it worse. A lot of people go to heat first, but find that their paint is still there. Do the ice pack first and then do the heat later if you want to.
The second thing is is to find positions of rest and comfort. It sounds simple, but a lot of us are working eight hours a day and sitting way too much. If you can stand and feel better, try to do that as much as you can. Try your best to give yourself some time to get out of the habits that you know are creating your back pain. If you can stand for a couple hours and feel better, try to do that! It’s going to help give your back the rest that it needs to heal and get better.
Lastly, activity! With back pain in particular, people want to try to not move that much. They want to go home and lay around on the couch and not do much. It turns out that getting up moving will really help your back. Even an easy walking program of 5-10 minutes a day or daily stretching has been shown to make a positive difference and help you heal faster!