Back pain is a modern day plague. Studies show that 84 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives – whether it is now and then, frequent or chronic. Partly this is due to the sedentary lifestyle most of us lead. As we sit in our office, at home, on the couch, our muscles become weak and lazy and we become more prone to injuries and aches, such as back pain.
So aside from popping a couple of pills and trying to get on with your day, can anything be done about it?
Back pain is something that requires management. And management requires action from you in order to prevent it from recurring. If it seems like a bit of work, that’s because it is. But when you see the benefits of looking after your body, including a reduction in pain then you will find the payoff is completely worth it.
So, here are our top strategies we recommend for reducing, preventing and treating back pain.
- As a preventative measure, make sure you do 20-30 minutes of exercise daily. This could be in the form of walking. It doesn’t have to be a gym workout or particularly strenuous, just make sure to move your body each day.
- Stretch your back, glutes, hip flexors and hamstrings every morning when you wake up or every night before bed. Often back pain is caused by these supporting muscles being tight and overused. The body compensates for a weak back by recruiting surrounding muscle groups to perform a task, which leads to overuse/tightness.
- If you have an acute injury such as a slipped or bulging disc, seek physiotherapy treatment immediately. Follow by ice in the first 24-48 hours.
- Once injury becomes sub-acute apply a heat patch such as the Flex-Eze heat patch. Applying heat to a sub acute injury can relieve muscle tension and reduce pain significantly.
- Physiotherapy treatment is also appropriate for chronic or back pain from an unspecified cause. In fact, 86% of people seeing their physio for back pain are in this category, and the efficacy rate of treatment is 90%. Physiotherapists will most likely apply trigger point therapy and massage.
- If you cannot attend a physiotherapist, or wish to self manage your back pain try some self massage as well as applying a Flex-Eze heat patch.
Long before the invention of pharmaceutical drugs, ancient cultures have used heat therapy as a healing modality for pain relief. Is is natural, drug free and has no side effects. Most recent studies show that the efficacy of heat therapy is greater than Ibuprofen or Paracetamol, which you can read about here.
The Flex-Eze heat patch gives you an incredible 12 hours of low level heath therapy, and you can slot these patches into the Flex-Eze heat wrap for heat therapy on the go. This is much more convenient than sitting in your office or home, heating up wheat bags and having to reheat them every ten minutes.
If you are interested in trying Flex-Eze’s products, we are running a promotion until the end of August 2018 with 10% off each order.
I hope you found this article useful and can now work towards reducing back pain and improving quality of life.