There are many health problems out there that millions of us suffer from. For a large proportion of the population, back pain is a serious health concern. An unhealthy back can bring lots of pain and suffering to someone. I know plenty of people that have bad backs and often complain of the soreness on a daily basis.

So, this article is for all the people out there with back pain! I’ve conjured up four tips to help make your life that little bit easier:

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See A Physical Therapist

I can’t stress enough how important it is that you get your back problem assessed by a professional. My advice is to see a physical therapist as they can help you with your problem. They’ll be able to diagnose your back issue, which can make life easier for you. Knowing the cause of your problem will help you fix it. For lots of people, the cause of back pain is a series of muscle imbalances. I won’t get too technical here, but it involves your hips, glutes, abs and back. If you have weak abs and glutes, you’ll end up with a tight back and hips. Most people that have sore backs are told to strengthen them. However, you may be better off strengthening your abs and glutes while stretching out your hips and back. If you see a physical therapist, they’ll be able to tell you if you have the problem I’m talking about. It’s surprising how common this issue is, and how many people are unaware they have it.

But, it’s possible your back pain has nothing to do with imbalances. It could be a trapped nerve or a spinal cord problem. Some people might find that have a slipped disk in their back, which is why they’re in so much pain. My point is, you won’t know any of this unless you get yourself checked out by a professional. The longer you spend doing nothing, the more pain you’ll be in. It makes sense to get seen to as soon as possible, so you can start fixing your back. Believe me, life will be a lot easier once you know the cause of your back problem.

Hot & Cold Therapy

Hot & cold therapy simply refers to putting a hot or cold compress on your back. The one you choose will depend on the pain you’re experiencing. If you’ve got a very stiff and sore back, you’ll probably need some heat therapy. You can get creams like Deep Heat that can be rubbed on the afflicted area and give off a feeling of warmth. Or, fill up a hot water bottle and place it under your back as you lie down. The warmth will help get rid of any pain you’re experiencing in your back. Why do warm things help with pain? Well, they help to get lots of blood flowing into the painful area and loosen up any tension in the muscles.

But, there may come a time where you need some cold therapy instead of heat. If you find that your back is inflamed and swollen, you need a cold compress. A bag of ice or some cooling cream should do the trick. The coldness will help decrease any swelling and keep the inflammation down. Your back may become inflamed if you fall on it or get hit with something. Or, perhaps you badly strained a muscle in your back and it’s bruised and swollen. Whatever the reason, if your back is inflamed, you need cold therapy.

Consider Walking Aids Or A Wheelchair

Some people have chronic back pain that makes it difficult to walk around. Often, the victims of this are elderly people. If you struggle to walk, it can make daily life far more difficult for you. Thankfully, there are ways to counter this and help ease some of the stress. Consider getting something to help you walk with minimum discomfort. A Zimmer frame or walking stick would be perfect for someone with a bad back. It allows you to take some of the tension off your back and walk around without as much pain.

For those people with seriously bad backs, it may be worth getting a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are great because they completely alleviate any back pain you might have when walking. If you’re sat in a chair, you don’t have to stand up for long periods of walking long distance. You can get wheelchairs that are good to use in the home too if you struggle to walk anywhere. Should you choose to do this, might I suggest getting a domestic wheelchair lift, as seen on the Terry Lifts site. You’ll be able to move around your home without any fuss and any pain.

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Make Adjustments In The Home

You should look to make adjustments in your home if you want to relieve some of your pain. One brilliant way to do this is to buy some back support cushions. These are cushions you can put on chairs and sofa’s, to help you sit more comfortably. Trust me, they work wonders! It will feel so much better than sitting in a normal chair; your pain will be far more manageable.

Also, think about buying better chairs and a better mattress. If you find yourself sitting down a lot, it’s best that you’re sitting in a chair that’s good for your posture and back. Otherwise, you’re going to end up causing yourself, even more, pain. There are plenty of orthopedic chairs out there that you can buy. Or, why not consider a massage chair to help relieve some of the tension in your lower back. When it comes to sleeping, it’s vital you have a good mattress. Sleeping on a dodgy mattress could be what caused your bad back in the first place. Most back pain experts will recommend a memory foam mattress for maximum comfort. With one of these, you can wake up pain-free each morning.

Follow these tips if you want to know how to manage your back pain. And, share it with friends and family that may find this information useful!

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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