Posted on: 26 February 2016
Back pain is something a lot of people suffer from every now and then. For some people it can be limiting to a point where they are not able to perform everyday tasks. For some people it's just an annoyance. The important thing to remember, however, is that it's an annoyance that can be avoided. If you suffer from mild back pain, there are many things you can try to get it sorted so that you don't have to worry about the pain anymore.
A very common back pain treatment is to treat it with cold. There are specialised cold treatments, typically performed by general chiropractors, to help with severe back pain. If your pain is mild, however, a simple ice pack can help to reduce swelling, cool the area down, and soothe your back pain. This treatment is the most effective when performed straight after the cause of the back pain has happened, for example an accident. Being as quick as possible with the cold treatment can help you with avoiding back pain all together. If you're using a simple ice pack to cool the sore spot, remember to wrap it up in a towel of sorts to avoid putting the ice against your bare skin. This can lead to skin irritation.
Another common back pain treatment is using heat. When cold is used to reduce swelling directly after an accident, heat can be used to relax the muscles and cause you not to tense the muscles in your back. Tensed muscles can actually be a reason for back pain on its own. There are different type of pads and wrap you can use for this purpose. You should ask your chiropractor for the best solution if you're unsure on what to get. Sometimes it might even be enough with a hot, relaxing bath.
Gently stretching the muscles in your back by doing yoga or other gentle exercise is a good idea to make sure the muscles in your back aren't too tense. However, it's not just the back you should be concerned with. Tense hamstrings can be a reason for back pain. If the hamstrings are too rigid, the pelvis will have to move slightly different from what it's supposed to, which can cause strain on the back. If you're a runner, you're extra prone to this type of back pain as you use those muscles more than other people. If you suspect this is the cause of your child's back pain, you should take them to a children's chiropractor before performing any stretching exercises at home.
For more information and treatment options, talk with a chiropractor in your area, such as those at Bunbury Chiropractic Clinic.Share