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August 02, 2016

Top tips to alleviate back ache

Back pain is a common issue for many people. Whether it’s a chronic, ongoing condition or something that comes and goes, at some point in our lives we are all bound to suffer from the aches and pains associated with having a bad back.

In most cases, this backache is mechanical, caused by sleeping badly, bad posture, lifting incorrectly or sports injury. While symptoms of backache caused by everyday life don’t magically go away, there are several ways to treat a bad back. It is highly recommended that you consult a medical professional before trying any of these as without proper diagnosis the symptoms might persist, and might be signs of something more serious.

  1. Exercise - creaky joints, stiffness and general dis-ease are all common symptoms of a lack of exercise. Our bodies were built to move, and so when we keep them stagnant they cease up and start to cause all manner of problems. While it is not advisable to hit the gym and start pumping iron with a bad back, you can ease yourself into a gentle exercise regime with walking and strength building classes such a yoga or pilates.

  2. Ginger - renowned for its anti-nausea properties, ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory. A cup of hot water with fresh ginger and some honey two or three times a day will help ease the pain.

  3. Ice packs - these reduce swelling and help with pain management. To make the most of the effects of using an ice pack some health professionals recommend following up with a heat pack as this relaxes the muscles.

  4. Epsom salts - Epsom salts are a great natural way to reduce pain and relieve inflammation. You can either add them to your bath or you can make a paste using hot water and apply directly on the area that is in pain. Either way, the hot water is also a great way to provide pain relief and relax the muscles.

  5. Chamomile tea - not only will this help you sleep, but chamomile is a natural relaxant so will ease the tension in and around the muscles.

  6. Calcium - found in dairy products, calcium helps grow strong bones and maintains bone health. It is very important to make sure you are getting enough of this vital mineral.

  7. Stretching - this is a wonderful way to relieve pressure and tension in aching muscles. It is very important to stretch gently so as to avoid exacerbating the injury or injuring yourself elsewhere. The general rule of thumb is that if it hurts then stop.

  8. Posture - this is often a cause of bad backs. In today’s world we spend hours hunched over computers or slouching on couches and neither of these do our backs any favours. It is very important to ensure that you are sitting in an ergonomically designed chair, but more than this it is vital to get up and walk around regularly.

  9. Massage - there is nothing better for aching backs that a really good massage. It is absolutely imperative to make sure you go to a reputable therapist because a bad massage can sometimes do more harm than good. But if you find the right person, this alone can cure your back problems.

  10. How you sleep - sleep can be a dream, it can also be a nightmare for those who suffer from back pain. The cardinal sin for sleeping when it comes to back problems is sleeping on your stomach. This puts huge pressure on your neck and does not really support your body properly. Once you have your sleeping position right, the next thing to do is ensure you are sleeping on the correct mattress - something that is fully supportive and provided the correct spinal alignment. A good quality, well designed pillow is also a must have. As sleep experts we deal with many customers who come to us because of back issues. Our expertise in the bed industry means that we can advise and assist with finding the best mattress for back problems and a good night’s sleep and a pain free experience. Visit our website now to find out more

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