Finding effective back pain relief can be really difficult. When visiting the doctor there are lots of different types of medication they can prescribe. Over the years I have probably tried most of these prescription medications. I hate having to rely of them though and have found other ways to help manage my back pain.
Ice is great way to get some relief. It helps take down any of the swelling and inflammation, after my surgeries I hired a special game ready ice machine which helped no end. Now if I get any pain over the surgery site I will use my ice pack and try sitting with it for 15 minutes at regular intervals during the day.
I had back surgery on my lumber spine but I get pain in all different areas. My posture isn’t great and my shoulders and neck hurt, which then lead to headaches. A heat pack is a great way to relieve this pain. I use a wheat bag from Patterson Medical that goes in the microwave and because it moulds to the shape of your body can sit across my shoulders or down my back. A hot water bottle will work as well but can be quite big and heavy to use on shoulders.
I was recently recommended the Dr Graeme general purpose massager. I bought one from a local chiropractor about a month ago. This has been really useful for me. I struggle with my glutes and IT band, so basically across my bum and down the side of my thighs. My physio will often treat these areas but they can be hard to release. I have been using this massager daily on these areas and noticed a big improvement. I have also used it on the lowest setting on my shoulder to relieve tension as well.
These are definitely not just for women in labour! I’ve had a Tens machine for a couple of years now and it is great. I simply attach the 4 electrodes to the relevant area and start the machine off, I usually use a multiple session the can give long and short pulses. It can be easily worn under clothes and is very portable. This really helps relieve my back pain and as I get used to the sensations I can adjust the intensity. This is the best item I have bought to relieve back pain.
Gone are the days when bed rest was recommended. Exercise is important at managing back pain. You need to strength the muscles and ensure that you maintain a good posture. The type of exercise you need to do will depend on your injury and what muscles you need to strengthen. Talking to a physio will enable you to be set appropriate exercises to help manage your pain. Spine health has a good article on exercise to relieve back pain.
What have you found is useful for managing pain? I’m always looking out to try new things.