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Back Pain Relief

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One of the biggest health problems in the United States is low back pain. Nearly 4 out of every 5 people come down with low back pain. There are a lot of causes to this like being overweight, working, posture, and not stretching. We can’t really go into all of the preventative things you can do in such a short post so I will just try to give you some tips on reducing the pain.

First action I would take is icing your lower back. By icing you should reduce the swelling that can occur in your muscles. I would ice for 5 to 10 minutes till the area is numb and you don’t feel as much pain.

After that go and take a hot shower which can help soothe your aching back. The heat boosts circulation by dilating blood vessels and getting nutrients into the damaged area. While showering I like to try and stretch the affected muscles. The heat makes them more pliable and the pain less.

Next make sure you take some over the counter medication to reduce the pain. Whatever you take should reduce swelling and help with the discomfort. Just ask a pharmacist what is working the best right now via word of mouth.

The final step is to do a real stretching routine. You need to target your back muscles by extending them as far as possible. There are many exercises to do this so Google back stretches to find some. You can also find stretches by flexing lumbar muscles as a search term.

The back is a very vital part of everyday life. It is vital that you do as many preventative exercises as possible. Every once and a while you will “tweak it” and this little post will help you handle that. If your pain doesn’t go away within the week consult a physician. Good luck.

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