If you’ve ever experienced pain in your back, you will know how debilitating it can be, and also how much it can affect your mental health. No matter whether you have psoriatic arthritis, or you’ve hurt your back in a serious accident, it’s important to take the necessary steps in relieving, if not eliminating your back pain. Take a look at these tried and tested tips on how to deal with back pain.
Hot and cold compress
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One of the first things that you should be doing as soon as you feel that first twang of pain, is to apply direct hot and cold compresses on your back. The heat will allow you to move around much easier and will help the pain subside, and the cold will reduce any swelling and help numb the area so that you can continue with your day. You can get heat packs for your back to wear out and about too, so try and continue with the hot and cold compressing as much as possible to get the best relief.
Rest, but not for too long
When your back hurts, it’s easy to think to yourself that rest is the best thing to do. While it’s important, being still for too long will also seize your back up and make it harder to move when it’s needed. You should also take a look at your mattress
To help eliminate pain further, you should consider taking NSAIDs. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are available over the counter, but if you’re in need of something a little stronger, head to your GP for a prescription and also a professional assessment on your back.
Look at what you’re eating
On the long term side of things, you should keep an eye on what you’re eating. If you’re not eating the right kinds of food, you could be inadvertently putting on weight gradually, which isn’t good for the strain you’re putting on your back. Eat healthier and maybe drop a few pounds to notice the world of difference in how your back feels!
Finally, many chronic back pain sufferers have reported that in particularly stressful times in their lives they have noticed that their back pain has gotten worse, or even flared up after a period of no pain. Eliminate stress as much as possible to avoid having to suffer from back pain any more than you have to.