Products to help relieve back pain
There’s back pain and there’s back pain – in all shapes and sizes. Which one do you suffer from? Do you have spondylitis? Or do you have sciatica? Do you experience lower back pain or upper back pain? There are so many different types of back pain with a variety of symptoms – all equally painful.
You may think that no one else can possibly understand the intensity of your suffering unless they share the same back problems. And so, you suffer in silence. But you don’t have to – because you have so many options available to you to alleviate your suffering.
The market today offers a multitude of products designed to provide relief from back pain, in addition to all the therapies available – natural or otherwise. All you need to do is a bit of research – online and offline. Visit different websites/e-commerce sites as well as brick and mortar stores/pharmacies to carry out the necessary research. Visit different fora to get feedback on products for back pain and check out reviews and case studies online.
With sufficient due diligence, you’ll be able to freeze on the right kind of product for your kind of back pain that may help end your suffering. However, do ensure that you consult your physician or physiotherapist before you start using any product for back pain.
Products to please every back-pain sufferer
That’s right. You will find a plethora of products available that cater to just about every type of back pain. You need to identify yours and what causes it. Then check out the specific solutions that match your needs.
Gels, creams, oils and lotions
The simplest and most affordable options are those that you can apply on your skin. There are varying opinions on the efficacy of these products. However, many people swear by these and have their favorites. These can range from Chondroitin creams and Glucosamine gels to herbal remedies like balms and essential oils. You’ll just have to check out some and see what works for you. Some of these are especially formulated for specific pains caused by arthritis, injuries or sciatica and so on.
Here again, you have a huge variety of options to choose from. Do you want an electric or handheld back massager? What size? And how powerful? You also need to know what causes your pain and exactly where the pain is located.
Some massagers are ergonomically designed to help you reach spots that are difficult to reach. While some are light and easy-grip which make them convenient for most people to use. There are also heated cushions available that fit on your chair and move up and down massaging the complete spine. You can also try an electric pillow massager that can be strapped to a chair and will fit in the small of your back. And there are massagers with shoulder straps which can be draped around your neck.
Provided you don’t have arthritis or any new injury, you can check out heating pads that will provide relief from lower back pain – these are effective for non-inflammatory pains. While heating pads offer relaxation and comfort, they don’t always work for everybody.
If you have painful muscle spasms in your back, you can try these units that send electrical pulses to the source of your pain, signaling your brain and spine to achieve a reduction in the degree of pain. These are available over the counter without a prescription. However, do consult your physician first if you have a heart condition or epilepsy.
Unlike acupuncture which uses needles, acupressure applies pressure using the fingers. If you want to try this at home, get yourself an acupressure mat. These are made of plastic and have raised points that apply pressure on acupressure points which target the source of your pain.
The Inversion Table
These tables help to elongate joints and relieve pressure on the spine by tilting the body at different angles, thereby realigning your spine and reducing pressure on your nerves. If you have a heart condition, or are hypertensive, then avoid an Inversion Table which makes blood rush to the head and increases blood pressure. Also, do ensure you have sufficient space in your house as these take up a lot of space!
Foam rollers help in releasing knots and muscles in your back. This foam rolling technique is also known as a self-myofascial release technique, often mimicking a therapists’ hands movements. Great way to relieve lower back pain.
Home-based Ultrasound Machines
Although slightly expensive, these machines help reduce pain by creating vibrations around the source of the pain and generate heat inside the tissues which speed up your blood flow and circulation. They are also said to increase the production of collagen and accelerate soft tissue healing. The biggest bonus of course, is that you can do this at home.
Do your bit to make the most of these products to help relieve back pain. The solutions are simple – exercise, yoga, diet, heat therapy (even a hot water bottle helps!), meditation and sufficient hydration. All of these contribute to and support the efficiency of the products you choose to utilize. It will be well worth the effort.