When it comes to treating back pain, when you’re suffering, you’ll literally try anything! But with so many different products and remedies to choose from, it can be overwhelming (and expensive) to try all the options before finding exactly what’s right for you.
Here at The Good Body we’ve done a little of the hard work for you and put together our list of 6 of the best back pain relief products and remedies to help, as well as 4 free things you can try right now!
Please remember that these are suggestions, however it’s always best to speak to your doctor, before starting any exercise regime, changing your diet and/or making a significant change to your lifestyle.
Creams and Gels
A potentially more affordable and easily applied option are creams and gels, however the options out there can be overwhelmingly, with many Glucosamine gels, Chondroitin creams and MSM creams readily available.
Opinion appears split on their effectiveness, especially for those with severe daily pain, so it’s certainly worth reading reviews before making a purchase.
A product that many users find to be effective and is particularly popular within the fitness industry for both pre and post workout, is Penetrex Pain Relief Therapy.
A TENS unit is a small device that sends electric pulses to the source of the pain, sending a signal to the brain and to the spine to reduce the level of pain, and has been widely used in the medical industry since the 1960s.
TENS units are available without prescription, and there are a number of different options available ranging in price.
They’re most effective on muscle spasms, making them a popular choice for women during labor, however those with epilepsy or a heart arrhythmia are advised to seek medical advice before considering a unit.
If you’re looking for a machine to try, TENS 7000 is an affordable option, however still offers the level of settings you need to make a TENS unit work most effectively for your pain, making it widely recognised as one of the best value TENS units around.
For those who find the thought of a TENS unit or an inversion table daunting, you could opt for a back massager.
The range of back massagers on the market is diverse so whether you’re looking for electric or handheld, there are many different size and power options available.
For example the Body Back Company’s Buddy Trigger Point Therapy Self Massage Tool uses a ergonomic design to reach your hard-to-reach places, plus it’s easy to grip and lightweight enough to be suitable for adults of all ages.
The Thera Cane Massager is also great for reaching those trigger points, enabling you to massage your own back without needing anyone to apply pressure.
If you need something you can use on the go, Backnobber II is an excellent candidate, as it can be taken apart and put in a bag or case, and comes with a handy 37 page user guide.
If you don’t have an experienced massage therapist on hand each day, which unless you’re a top sportsperson or incredibly wealthy, who does?!
Then a foam roller can be the next best thing, boasting many benefits.
The technical term is a self-myofascial release technique, however essentially you’re working on the body to help release tight muscles and knots, so it’s ideal for those who are conditioning their body for sport.
The following video from TriggerPoint (one of the market leaders for this product type) gives some examples of foam rolling techniques to help with lower back pain:
The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller receives excellent feedback from users, who rave about the relief it provides
It has a multidimensional exterior which has been designed to replicate the movement of a therapist’s hands,
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4 Free Remedies To Help Alleviate Back Pain
Before you start spending money on a ton of different gadgets, there are many simple things that you can do right now to help.
These aren’t miracle cures for back pain, they’re simple daily changes that, combined with other techniques, can play their part in fighting pain.
These four free (or very cheap) things are a great starting point to assist with alleviating pain and something you could try right now.
When you visit a doctor to discuss back pain, you’ll most likely initially get a recommendation of exercises that can help or be instructed to try to exercise more.
Even a simple activity such as a brisk walk has been proven to help improve the effects of back and neck pain.
A study in to chronic lower back pain for example, found that with core muscle strengthening work the effects of pain were decreased.
There are a number of exercises and sports recommended for people suffering from back pain, however those suffering are advised to speak to their doctor before starting anything too strenuous.
2) Heat Therapy
Heat therapy can be achieved easily with things you probably already have in the home for example a hot water bottle or wheat bag, or simply by taking a warm bath.
Of course heat therapy can offer a sense of relaxation, important in coping with back and neck pain, however it also has many other benefits.
Heat therapy can distract the brain from the pain signals caused by back and neck pain, giving you the much needed relief you’re looking for.
Many who use heat therapy also combine the heat with essential oils to incorporate the benefits offered by aromatherapy.
3) Staying Hydrated
Dehydration causes many different symptoms and problems within the body, however one of the lesser known impacts of dehydration is back pain.
That’s because the inner parts of the discs within our back consist primarily of water which is used up throughout the day as our spine is put to work. Then at night our back begins the process of rehydrating for the day ahead, which is why we wake up taller than when we went to bed!
It’s important too to not simply wait for your body to tell you when you’re thirsty, as this means you’re already dehydrated.
Meditating at home is another free tool you have at your disposal to improve your back health.
Research has shown that particularly in the treatment of lower back pain, meditation and mindfulness, both of which focus on relaxation and stress reduction, can alleviate symptoms.
There are two different approaches, one where you focus on a single mantra and are taught to ignore the feelings of pain you’re experiencing, or a mindful approach where you concentrate on the pain and learn to control it.
There are a number of different techniques online to help you get started.
5 of the Most Common Causes of Back Pain
Sometimes finding the right solution for your back pain means working out the cause of your back pain in the first place.
There are a number of common causes of back pain that can be a good place to start, however of course it’s always essential to speak to a medical professional who will be able to help point you in the right direction.
Weekend activities are one of the most common causes of back pain.
The thinking is that after a week of relatively sedentary work, people, referred to as ‘weekend warriors’, spend the weekend doing strenuous sporting activities or spend hours doing heavy garden work, tasks that their bodies simply aren’t prepared for, causing back pain and back injuries!
Slouching or not thinking about the way you sit on a daily basis is a common cause of back pain.
Plus bad posture and computer use seem to go hand in hand, and with 74% of Americans using a computer daily as part of their employment, it’s unsurprising that treatment for daily chronic back pain is on the increase.
When you suffer from acute or chronic back and neck pain you have so many remedies and products, as well as a vast array of different treatment options available to you.
It can be frustrating and sometimes costly when you’re working out what’s right for you, however only pain sufferers understand that we’ll literally try anything!
Remember to speak to a medical professional, preferably your doctor before trying any of the above products and remedies, not only so they can advise on the safety but also as they may have their own recommendations on what is right for you.