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Lower back pain can make standing, sitting and bending down cumbersome. This condition is usually the result of sprains, strains, spinal wear and tear and such age-related conditions as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Don't let back pain interfere with your life. Use these simple tips to get relief.
Use Hot and Cold Compresses
Applying a hot and cold compress simultaneously can be very effective at relieving lower back pain. Cold reduces inflammation and makes pain more tolerable. Heat loosens tense muscles and relaxes painful back spasms. Wait about 48 hours after the initial back injury to apply heat. Using heat too soon after an injury can worsen inflammation.
Get a Massage
When your lower back is hurting, getting a massage is one of the best things you can do to ease the pain. Massage triggers the release of endorphins and other natural pain killers in the body. Indulging in a massage also eases painful muscle spasms, improves circulation, relieves tension, stimulates weak muscles and boosts oxygen flow to the back.
Use a Safe Natural OTC Topical Pain Medication
If you need immediate pain relief, topical over the counter (OTC) analgesic creams and pain boosters are viable options. You simply rub or spray a safe natural medication on your back and it will work almost immediately. That is why the BLUESPRING brand has an all-natural over-the-counter pain relief cream called Super Blue Stuff OTC. It can work in as quickly as five minutes and smells lightly of peaches.
When you skimp on the exercise, your back and abdominal muscles weaken. Weak muscles are not very helpful in supporting the spine. Without proper spinal support, you are more likely to injure yourself doing routine activities. Doing exercises that activate the core muscles help condition the trunk area and reduce back pain.
Some gentle back exercises that engage the core include walking, water aerobics, swimming and biking. Also, include daily stretching into your exercise routine. This will improve the flexibility of the spine and reduce back pain that is associated with bending and twisting movements.
Lower back pain can make everyday living a hassle. Massage, exercise, safe topical natural pain relief medication and hot and cold therapy can provide relief for your achy back so you can get on with your life.