Back pain: five things you must do if you want to relieve painful symptoms


An aching lower back – also known as lumbago – is particularly common, although back pain can range from anywhere along the spine. Bupa provides healthcare for the general public, and has offered its tips to help relieve the nation of their troublesome woes.
For one, exercise is key. “Stay active and continue your daily activities as normally as you can,” the healthcare provider advises.

Secondly, the amount of time you sit for can affect your back. “Try to avoid sitting for long periods,” it continues.

Thirdly, Bupa recommends taking “care when lifting – avoid bending or twisting your back”.

The health organisation also has some surprising comments on sleeping positions.
It’s fourth tip is to do with sleep. It recommends: “If you sleep on your side, it may help to sleep with a small cushion between your knees.”

“And if you sleep on your back, try some firm pillows under your knees.”

Finally, heated and cold treatments may work wonders for temporary relief, but BUPA warns: “Don’t put ice directly on your skin.”

For those seeking a medicated pain suppressant, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are appropriate for the short-term.

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