Back pain is a common problem affecting millions of Canadians every day. And when your back hurts, you know the impact that can have on accomplishing day to day activities.
There are many different types of back pain, all of which come with their own sets of causes and symptoms. But for mild lower back pain not caused by trauma or an underlying illness, try these simple tips for relieving some of the pain.
- Chill Out. Although heat can be comforting, apply ice rather than heat to the affected area in the first 24-28 hours of symptoms. It can help reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. However, limit use to 15-20 minutes at a time, allowing the skin to warm up between applications, and avoid altogether if you have circulatory problems.
- Rest Isn’t Always Best. Your spine is meant to move, so staying active can often help alleviate back pain. Going for a walk, taking a bike ride, or practicing some light yoga can help increase mobility and decrease pain. Just be sure to listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
- Avoid BLTs. And we’re not talking about the sandwich! Although movement is great for back pain, Bending, Lifting, and Twisting can aggravate an already irritated back. It’s best to leave those activities out for the first few days after an injury.
- Support your Spine. While a comfy chair or your favourite spot on the couch may look inviting, it’s best to swap out your usual seat for a more supportive option. Look for a chair with a taller back and firmer seat, supporting your spine and allowing for better posture. Don’t be afraid to bring your dining chair in front of the TV to watch the game or to catch up on your favourite show.
- See a Chiropractor. As spine, muscle, and nervous system experts, chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose the cause of back pain and provide hands-on treatment that works. They can recommend a treatment plan that works best for you, help you feel better quickly, and prevent the problem from recurring. And if you’ve suffered a serious injury or are feeling numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, it’s best to visit your chiropractor right away.
While our office has closed temporarily as we do our part to help flatten the curve, we urge you to reach out! We are still answering calls and returning emails, and are happy to provide help and advice for any aches or pains you’re experiencing in these tough times.
Stay safe and be well!