3 Tips for Low Back Pain Management

If you are suffering from low back pain, you’re probably open to any advice that could help alleviate that pain. However, you also want solutions that are tried and true, to get you to relief as soon as possible.
The following tips have provided comfort to many patients who needed low back pain relief. Try one or more of them, in addition to your spine doctor’s medical instructions, to help you feel better fast.
1. Release endorphins to help block pain signals from registering with the brain. Not only will the endorphins help to ease pain, but they also help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression – conditions that are sometimes associated with chronic back pain.
To release your endorphins:
  • Aerobic exercise
  • Massage therapy
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Laughing and smiling
  • Eating dark chocolate
  • Listening to music you love
  • Being social
2. Get plenty of restorative sleep to help your body heal. Since pain is the number one cause of insomnia among medical conditions, this might be easier said than done.
However, not getting enough sleep can actually make back pain worse. To break the cycle of pain and insomnia, you’ll need to treat both issues. Ask Dr. Sharma which of these might work for you:
  • Medication
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Psychological techniques
  • Cutting back on caffeine
  • Eating the correct foods
  • Getting the right amount of exercise
  • Writing your worries down
3. Use hot and cold therapy to ease back pain. Regularly applying cold and/or hot packs can help reduce lower back pain and encourage the healing process. For example, cold therapy reduces inflammation and acts as a local anesthetic by slowing nerve impulses. Heat application stimulates blood flow to bring nutrients to the affected area, helping it to heal. Heat also inhibits pain messages being sent to the brain.
Be sure to ask Dr. Sharma before beginning any of the tips for low back pain management mentioned above. Together, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to ease your back pain and speed the healing process.