Those who suffer back pain often want nothing more than to lie in bed. They may seek relief with pillows and an ice pack or a board and a heating pad. The purpose, though, is to remain in bed until the back pain goes away.
Back pain relief sought by remaining immobile will be long in coming, according to experts. Norma Turvill, a physiotherapist with Forth Valley Back Pain Service said during Back Care Awareness Week in Scotland (October 8-12, 2007): “… movement and exercise are a very important part of staying healthy.” Turvill went on to say about back pain, “As physiotherapists we spend a lot of time telling people how important it is to keep active and encouraging them to find some form of regular enjoyable exercise.”
Even when you do have back pain, say physicians and therapists, it is better to do gentle stretching exercise than to remain still. It is better to get up and take a brief walk than to stay in bed.
Elsewhere on this website, we give a variety of appropriate movements – back pain exercises. The key is to use gentle exercises, and continue on a regular, daily basis to build strength in back muscles. You need little or no equipment for most back pain exercises. You just need determination.
Add Hot and Cold
Along with movement and exercise, hot and cold packs can relieve back pain. Apply medium heat for 20 minutes, and then do a few slow warm-up exercises, followed by stretches. Add a brief walk at a comfortable speed. End your session with cool-down exercises, and 20 minutes with a cold pack.
CAUTION: The writer is not a licensed professional, and offers the above information for educational purposes only. Please see your physician for advice regarding back pain.