Your lower back provides structural support for movement, and bears the weight of the upper body, so any pain or injury to the lower back will impede movement to the rest of the torso.
Counterintuitively, the best way to gain lower back pain relief is to keep moving as normally as possible because activity will help you recover more quickly. The irony is that to begin with, this will be very painful, but there are a number of ways to ease the pain to enable you to move more easily and with less pain.
Painkillers – if you can lessen the pain, you’re much more likely to be able to move more naturally, so use over-the-counter painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) tablets, e.g. ibuprofen. Alternatively, codeine may help. If you don’t usually take painkillers or have questions about your specific pain, speak to a pharmacist for advice.
Osteopathy – many people turn to osteopathy as a way of relieving lower back pain and preventing its recurrence. An osteopath will manipulate the muscles in your back in order to relax them, which not only improves the range of movement, but also helps with the pain.
Massage – massage therapy doesn’t only improve movement in the muscles, it also encourages the release of endorphins which help relieve pain. In one study, researchers discovered that the benefits of a course of massage treatments lasted around six months.
Acupuncture – acupuncture has been proven to help lower back pain by releasing endorphins to help pain relief, reducing inflammation, and increasing micro-circulation which helps reduce swelling and bruising.
Yoga – when it comes to chronic lower back pain, yoga has been proved to be more effective in regaining function than other forms of treatment.
Tai Chi – also known as ‘moving meditation’, the constant and gentle movements can be very effective when treating back pain.
The more endurance your back and core muscles are, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to prevent injury to your lower back. By doing regular strength training exercises, you’ll not only be reducing the likelihood of back problems, you’ll also enhance your overall health and well-being.