Everyone’s different. So are back pain remedies. What works for one person may not work for another. If previous treatment methods haven’t helped, here are 4 more treatments that may help.
Endorphins are your friend.
Ever notice that good feeling you get right after exercise? It’s caused by Endorphins, hormones your body releases into your bloodstream that pleasure receptors in your brain pick up. Some refer to this blissful feeling as a “runner’s high” because cardiovascular activity is a great way to produce them. Meditation has also been proven to release these Endorphins as well, so if running isn’t possible you can still find relief.
It sounds cliche, but a good night’s rest truly does make a difference. Sleep is a crucial time for our bodies to heal and reset. When sleep is cut short or interrupted back pain can actually get worse. This can make getting to sleep even more difficult with the added pain. Try a cup of bedtime tea (or even try some meditation as mentioned above) to help relax.
Hot or Cold packs
Ice and heat packs maybe be old methods of treatment, but if it works, why change it? Heat and cold can help soothe muscles and nerves. If painkillers like ibuprofen haven’t worked for you, give hot or cold a try. Some people alternate between the two, so experiment with what works best for you.
Remember to stretch! Your hamstrings are the muscles that run along the back of your thigh and help hold you upright when standing or walking. They’re among the strongest muscles in your body so when they’re tight or cramped up they can affect posture. There are many different ways to stretch hamstring muscles. Check out our blog article on stretching here.