I want to give a big shout out to Fatima Abdullahi. Thank you for being an avid reader of my mails and for pointing out the fact that, a hard bed (orthopaedic bed) helps with soothing back pain.
So thanks to Fatima, today we are delving into solutions to acute back pain.
I know you felt left out last week.
Yes, I did not forget you (my readers that told me two weeks ago that they experience acute pain).
For those who are wondering, what acute pain is….?
It is pain that comes and goes for a short period of time. Specifically any pain that is experienced for less than 3 months is called acute back pain.
So first on the list is
- Getting an orthopaedic bed. This is also known as a hard bed. This helps to align the bones in the bones and ultimately helps with healing.
- Taking a warm bath at the end of the day. This has a soothing effect on the body.
- Getting a back massage with some essential oils- This is a great way to relieve tension in the muscles and soothe achy muscles and joints. The process of massage increases release of endorphins and reduces stress hormones(cortisol).
- Doing a few exercises at your desk such as
- Moving from side to side while on your chair.
- Moving forwards and backwards while on your chair.
- Standing up and walking every one hour.
Exercises that are specifically aimed at your core (that’s your chest area and back area) are great at relieving back pain. The first two I mentioned above are directed at your core. These 2 core exercises help to ease the tension built in these areas, release endorphins (remember endorphins help in relieving pain) and reduce pressure on the muscles. All these mechanisms work hand in hand to relieve pain.
You’re probably asking.
Do I have to exercise every day?
Well…… yes. It’s for just 5 mins. You don’t even have to leave your desk to do it. Yes, we all would rather sit at our desk and work, work and work but your body needs some treatment, asides from drugs for that nagging pain, that always comes up at your back especially when you are feeling tired.
So let’s go on. A few more things you can do are:
- Drink l water- You need at least 3liters of water. 8 cups daily. Now don’t take it all at once, preferably take a cup every one hour. This helps to lubricate your joints.
- Adopt a healthier diet- Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.
One vegetable that has been found to be helpful for joints is celery. Simply boil some warm water and pour over some washed celery. Brew for about 15 mins and drink.
Mint is another great vegetable that can be brewed and drank like a tea.
Pineapple juice is also very good and helpful with joints (It has loads of sugar so after about a week on pineapple juice please check your sugar level).
- Power strips- These are strips which look like large band- aids. You place them on areas where you feel pain. They contain ginseng which is a herb that gives some temporary relief.
Pain should not stop you from having a great day at work and the best part is a good number of the solutions suggested above are things you don’t need to purchase from any pharmacy.
Now there is a whole lot more I can share with you but I have to go.Try some of these steps out today and let me if they helped or did not help.
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