Back pain that is acute and mild in nature can be caused by many things — poor sleep, stress, straining the muscles, etc. Whatever happened to cause it, we’ve all experienced the occasional bout of acute back pain from time to time. It can be tempting to try to brush the problem aside and hope it goes away on its own, which is what many of us do, usually only to experience worsening pain over time. The most important thing you can do when this happens is to immediately address the issue and treat it right away, to prevent it from creating bigger health issues in the future.
Addressing the Problem Immediately
As soon as you know you’ve hurt your back, or you feel any sort of pain or discomfort in the area, stop whatever it is you are doing (if partaking in an activity) and sit or lie down. In the hours following the incident, try your best to gain access to a heating pad and an ice pack, and alternate between placing the two on the affected area in 15-minute intervals. An ice pack will numb the pain and bring temporary relief, while a heating pad will work to expand the blood vessels and reduce inflammation and stiffness in the area, which will provide long-lasting relief. Use these simple yet effective remedies until the pain significantly lessens, or ideally goes away altogether.
Resting is great, but you don’t want to stay sedentary for too long if you’re only dealing with mild back pain. Continue to stay active in order to keep the joints and soft tissues in your body from stiffening up, experiencing inflammation, and prolonging the recovery process.
Prevention is Crucial
It’s good to know what to do when an injury occurs, but it’s even better to know how to stop one from happening at all. Living a heathy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and nutritious meals is great for preventing back pain. Another excellent habit you should consider taking up is to start seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. Chiropractic care can bring pain relief to existing issues, but it can also strengthen the body by healing it in a holistic manner. Consider walking into The Joint Chiropractic clinics today for a healthier body and mind tomorrow. Take your health into your own hands by choosing to rely on the safe, natural, and effective healing remedies chiropractic can provide.
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