Monday, 19 September 2016

4 Tips to Help you Control Back Pain

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Back pain can be a serious and debilitating condition for many people, and if you’ve ever suffered with this problem, it’s likely you’re aware of how it can affect your quality of life. From painkillers to sessions with a physiotherapist, there are a whole host of ways you can keep your aches and pains at bay. However, let’s have a look at four hacks you might not have tried that could help you control your back pain.

1. Use a TENS machine
If you’re looking for an alternative way to ease your back pain, you could use a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine. Available from healthcare specialists such as LloydsPharmacy, these battery-operated devices can be highly effective in helping reduce back pain and they feature electrode pads which attach directly to the skin of the affected area. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are sent to the painful area of your body. These impulses work to prevent pain signals being sent to the spinal cord and brain, relieving you of your discomfort, as well as relaxing your muscles and triggering the production of endorphins - the body’s natural painkillers. If you’re interested in using a TENS machine for back pain, you might want to speak to a medical professional. They should be able to determine whether this device is suitable for you.

2. Try a hot or cold treatment
Using a hot or cold treatment could help ease your back pain. For example, having a hot bath or placing a hot water bottle on the affected area might provide relief or you could try using something cold, like an ice pack, instead. There are various products available that have been specially designed to treat back ache, such as hot and cold compression packs, sprays and gels. For help choosing the right product for you, you could speak to your local pharmacist or your GP.

3. Adopt a different sleeping position
If your back makes it difficult for you to drift off at night, you could try altering the way you position yourself while you’re in bed. Changing your sleeping position could help take some strain off your back and enable you to get a good night’s sleep. For example, if you tend to sleep on your side, try to bring your legs upwards and place a pillow between them, or if you prefer to snooze on your back, you could try putting a pillow under your knees so that your back is able to rest in its natural curved shape. Simply adopting a better sleeping position could help ease your back pain and enable you to get your much needed rest.

4. Do some exercise
While you may be tempted to rest if your back is causing you pain, staying active could actually ease your discomfort. Exercising regularly can help keep your back strong and healthy and it can also improve your posture. Activities such as swimming, walking and yoga can be especially effective in easing and relieving pain.

So, next time your back is causing you grief, you could try out these alternative solutions to keep any aches and pains under control.

This post is in collaboration with Lloyds Pharmacy.

12 comments:

  1. My father has a lot of back pain. Some excellent advice here especially staying active can ease your discomfort, he always says that is the case.

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  2. I have terrible back pain! I agree with the exercise and have been meaning to do yoga again, but can't seem to find one near our area :)

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  3. Some great advice here my mum has had issues with her back for ages.

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  4. I know some people that have suffered from bad backs. It must be so debilitating and horrible. Some great tips here!

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  5. I have issues with my back and exercise always helps. I tried a TENS machine, it's helpful for a short while, but if used regularly, it should be fine.

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  6. I will add posture to the list. Makes such a difference to a bad back.

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  7. Fab tips! There's nothing worse than back pain. I used to suffer terrible after my first born, but luckily it did pass with more exercise.

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  8. Great tips Cathy. I hate it when I get a trapped never in my back, it is so painful. I think the hot bath with be perfect if it happens again :)

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  9. Never heard of a TENS machine before but I'm going to tell my dad about it.

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  10. It is always a long hot soak in the bath for me x

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  11. I suffered with a bad back for years after a car accident. It was gentle exercising that finally helped me get better

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  12. I had chronic back pain that probably came about from Cheerleading. I did a few of your suggestions, including yoga and stretching as well as putting warm things on it. Took months to go away.

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