Millions of people in different parts of the world suffer from lower back pain. Even though many people treat this condition as a disease, it is actually more of a warning sign of a main problem, because several factors can bring about lower back pain.
Lower back pain could be treated in several ways. Most people use pain relievers to treat the condition, but using pain killers have one major drawback – the relief they provide is only temporary as they do not address the fundamental cause of the problem.
To treat lower back pain, it is important that you first identify the root cause of the problem. The pain may be caused by stress, sickness, bad posture, spine or muscle strain and injury. Once you have determined the cause, you can use any of the methods presented below to eliminate the problem.
- Exercises: One very good way to ease the pain felt on the lower back is by exercising. Exercises help to heal and strengthen the lower back. Lower back exercises will toughen both the muscles as well as the spine. Lower back stretches is a highly effective lower back exercise. Follow the steps below to do them.
Lie with your back on the floor. Place your feet together. Your arms should be folded in such a manner that your palms lie beneath your shoulders. With your thighs and pelvis remaining on the floor, push your trunk up. Before returning to the initial position, maintain this position for ten seconds while keeping your face forward looking.
Another way of exercising your lower back is by using free weights. To do this, you have to lift weights off the ground. Before you can do this exercise, a weight (barbell) should be facing you. The feet should be placed slightly apart and your knees should be slightly bent. Bend down and lift the weight with your back straight. Make use of the muscles of your lower back to lift the weight to standing position after which you lower it again. If you have severe lower back injuries, you should not do this exercise.
- Massage: When the muscles are not sufficiently supplied with blood, they can cause lower back pain. Massaging will promote blood flow and ease the strain from the muscles.
- Using heat or ice: lower back pain could be relieved by applying heat or ice to the affected part of the body. Try out the two methods to find out which is best for you. To apply ice, an ice pack will be ideal. For heat application, use a hot water bottle or hot towel or you should simply take a hot shower.
- Avoid doing things that will bring about lower back pain such as sleeping on your side and lifting things in an incorrect posture. Moreover, you should sit upright and your back should assume somewhat curved position, any time you sit down.
You should consult your doctor immediately, if the problem persists after trying out the methods presented here. This can be a symptom of a more severe back problem. Therefore, you will need to consult a health care professional who will give you proper diagnosis and treatment.