Dealing with lower back pain can be a tricky and painful business. Whether it be chronic or temporary it’s a very sensitive area of the body that must be treated with care. Luckily with simple steps we can avoid lower back pain and treat it when it comes.
There are many causes of lower back pain including poor posture and activities that require lifting, pulling or anything that moves the spine in an unusual way. Frequently the culprit can be something we don’t think about like sitting at a desk all day hunched over or wearing an overly-heavy backpack that puts undue pressure on the lower back.
Women can be particularly susceptible to lower back pain as it is a symptom of conditions like endometriosis and dysmenorrhea. It’s also a common problem during pregnancy as “your center of gravity shifts, you gain weight and your hormones relax your ligaments.”
Regardless of how your pain originates there are many ways to get relief from lower back pain. Make sure to check with your doctor before undergoing any treatment. Some suggestions are:
Heat and Cold- as we have mentioned in other Zims Body Tips posts alternating heat and cold is a great way to help. Ice packs help to reduce swelling and inflammation while the heat helps open blood vessels, which then assists the body in its ability to heal itself
Exercise- depending on the level of pain sometimes a walk or swim can help to loosen muscles and reduce pain.
Stretching- stretches like the childs pose in yoga help reduce lower back pain and help us to relax and feel calm.
A Better Sleep- mattresses are designed ot last between 5 and 10 years Experts recommend you replace every 8 which can help you to avoid hard sleeps where muscles are pulled and strained.
The Zim’s line of pain relief products can also be helpful with lower back pain. Whether it be the heat or Max Freeze products they help relax stiff muscles quickly and effectively with all natural products.
What do you do when you experience lower back pain? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section