How do you get rid of a back ache?
Most people associate back aches with the lack of bed rest, but lying down is one of the worst treatment plans. Yet, that’s what many doctors have, and continue to, prescribe for patients — some R&R, ice, lying down to limit movement, all until the pain subsides. And for the average individual, being in bed appears to be the fastest way to recover, when in reality, it’s the opposite.
In fact, bed rest does not only do nothing to speed up recovery, but prolongs it, which fatal for those who suffer from chronic back pain. With the exception of patients that have had major surgery, trauma, or have unstable spinal fractures awaiting surgery, exercise is the best medicine, as remaining inactive impedes joint and tissue healing.
If you are dealing with a chronically aching back or general soreness, stiffness and pain, it turns out movement is actually the best course of action!Dr. Carrie Jose, Physical Therapist and Pilates expert, writing for Fosters
Obviously, it’s not recommended to perform physical activities that will worsen your symptoms; however, certain motions and stretches can ease the pain.
The kind of movement or exercise required for relief varies from person to person. Plenty of gentle yoga stretches and Pilates workouts are safe and relieve back pain, though some people may need specialized movements that target their specific pain points.
If the pain is manageable, yoga exercises for back pain, hot/cold packs, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, massage and back support for chairs all provide relief. If the pain persists for more than two days, a visit to a physical therapist may be needed.