Low back pain is a reality for millions of Americans, whether it lasts for a single evening or persists for months on end. While many people would love to go to the doctor, massage therapist or chiropractor each time their back starts to ache and stiffen, most aren’t able to due to constraints on time, money and availability.
Fortunately, there are a lot of at-home products designed for low back pain relief on the market. While this is good news for many people with long-term pain, there are some drawbacks to having so many choices. Not all products are created equal, and there are as many duds as there are effective methods for pain relief.
If you’re unable to visit the Graybar Chiropractic team in Wilmington, Wallace, or Clinton, NC, try out some of these tried-and-true low back pain relief products until your next visit.
Back pain products to try
If back pain is keeping you down and affecting your everyday life, try some of these popular at-home treatments. These methods may be able to help ease current pain, as well as prevent future pain by helping to support your spine and muscles.
- Ice and heat therapy: Ice packs and heat packs or heating pads may help ease discomfort or pain for a sore back. These packs should be used on a rotation. Apply ice first, which may help reduce inflammation. After a short break, follow it with a heating pad to stimulate blood flow and help the area heal.
- Lacrosse balls: Lacrosse balls operate similar to foam rollers, except they are much more precise. These products can help you roll out tight muscles in your back to relieve tension, and their small size allows you to really dig into trigger points that larger rollers can’t access.
- Posture trainer devices: These smart devices give gentle reminders in the form of beeps or vibrations when they detect your posture starting to slouch. Sitting in a better position may alleviate stress placed on your lower back, easing pain, and also help you correct problems with your spine moving forward to prevent future pain.
- Standing desks: Using a standing desk allows you to adjust your desk to stand during the day. For many people with back pain, sitting can aggravate the lower back, tighten muscles and cause spasms. Standing may help relieve some of that tension and ease pain if you need to work at a computer for long periods of time.
Ineffective methods of pain relief
While some products are very effective at easing pain, others are not effective at all or are only effective in certain situations or for certain people.
- NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve pain and ease inflammation in the lower back that is causing pain. However, NSAIDs are not effective for long-term use, meaning they are not a good option for people with chronic pain. These drugs tend to have serious negative side effects when used over long periods of time. Additionally, they do not always relieve pain.
- Sedentary living: Some people believe that bed rest and avoiding physical activity will help ease lower back pain because of the limited movement that may aggravate back problems. However, physical activity and stretching are very important in maintaining strong muscles and mobile joints in the back. Sedentary lifestyles may actually cause the back to hurt more over time. Rest is important; lying in bed for days at a time isn’t!
The true pain reliever: proper diagnosis
Of course, it’s important to remember all of the above products may help treat the symptom of lower back pain, but that doesn’t mean they will help cure the underlying problem causing the pain. For people with chronic pain conditions, visiting a chiropractor to discuss your pain may help you identify the cause and start a treatment plan to reverse or eliminate the problem.
The chiropractic experts at Graybar Chiropractic want to help North Carolina patients overcome back pain. Through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), our holistic approach to patient wellness, we may be able to address the root of your pain and find a solution to help you eliminate it. Contact us today to learn more.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.