3 Quick Home Remedies for Back Pain Relief
Whether you’ve suffered back pain as a result of arthritis, sprain or an accident, this pain can certainly affect quality of life in unprecedented ways. To decrease pain and reduce discomfort, we have compiled a list of 3 quick remedies fro both short and long-term relief that you can action now. However, if you have continuous back pain (48 hours or more), have severe back pain and fever, have accompanying numbness and pain in your legs or feet, we recommend you contact your doctor. Alternatively, contact us to learn more our about our back treatment programme and to learn more about how we assist our clients to manage back pain.
- Use Heat or Cold
Applying a heat or cold pack will help to reduce back pain fairly quickly. There are various kinds of heat and cold packs available at local pharmacies that will allow you to choose from a wide variety of options. Both heat and cold packs are highly effective because of the following
- Increases muscle elasticity and increases range of motion / movement at the point of pain relaxing any knots in your muscles
- Increases blood flow and oxygen to the area which brings nutrients for healing
- Reduces the pain signals sent to the brain through the soothing effect
- Decreases blood flow to the area reducing pain and swelling
- Slows down nerve impulses, much in the same way an anaesthetic would reducing muscles spasms and pain
As counterintuitive as it sounds, exercise, in moderation helps to heal your back and relieve pain. Movement helps your spinal discs to draw fluid which contains nutrients to the sore areas. Much in the same way that heat brings nutrients and relief to areas of pain, movement and exercise bring the necessary nutrients required for the body to heal. When there is damage at any point along the spine, this area is prone to swelling. While movement brings fluid to the area causing it to swell, that same movement also has a squeezing effect that causes the fluid to drain away too. So this may be a difficult task especially if you are in pain but moderate exercise can bring much needed healing benefits to your back.
- Spinal Manipulation and / or Massage
Recent studies have shown that massage and spinal manipulation significantly reduces back pain over a 10 week period and in many cases is much more effective than back surgery (and definitely less risk!). We recommend that you see a specialist in this area to ensure treatment of pain rather than aggravation. The Back Clinic has specialist in Johannesburg who can treat your back pain effectively through a specialised back 3 week (or more depending on the severity) treatment protocol. This treatment offers a low risk and highly effective alternative to back surgery and is covered out of risk (leaving your medical savings intact) by Bonitas, AECI, Bankmed, Bestmed, Fedhealth, Medihelp, Mercedes Benz Medical Aid, Nedgroup Medical Aid, Sasolmed and Polmed among others.
To book an appointment or learn more about The Back Clinic’s treatment programme, contact us on (011) 079 7283 or fill out our contact form.