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Remedies for Low Back Pain

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Four in five Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives according to the Harvard Special Health Report Men’s Health: Fifty and Forward. Additionally, people who are middle aged are more likely to experience episodes of low back pain.

A person’s age is often to blame as over time, bones and joints in the lower back may become a source of pain as the discs in your spinal cord deteriorate.

Another less common source of low back pain is a herniated disc which is when a disc is pushed outside the space between the bones and compresses a nerve.

Low back pain is most commonly caused by strain due to overuse, unfamiliar activity, excessive lifting, or an accident. It is usually best to wait and see if the pain resolves itself. If there is no improvement after three days, it is time to see a doctor.

There are a number of remedies that may be tried depending on the intensity of the pain. Cold therapy such as cold compresses or ice packs should be used immediately after the back injury, while heat therapy is recommended 48 hours after the onset of the back pain. Regulating the amount of bed rest is also recommended, as too much bed rest may lead to stiffness. Exercise may also help in building stronger and more flexible muscles that will be more resistant to injuries.

Other remedies include acupuncture, spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, and movement therapies such as yoga and tai chi.