When it comes to managing back pain, you probably already know the basics. Take ibuprofen, apply some ice, and take some time off from physical activity to rest. But beyond these basics, there are plenty of other things you can do to ease mild to moderate back pain and stiffness. Here's a look.
Eat plenty of fiber.
It might sound strange to eat fiber for back pain, but consider the way fiber affects your body. It keeps your bowels moving so that at any one time, you should have less bulk in your colon. This keeps the pressure on your back muscles in check, which helps keep soreness to a minimum. You can take psylium husk-based fiber supplements from your local pharmacy, or you can just focus on eating more foods that are high in fiber. Bran flakes, whole wheat bread, and most fruits and veggies (with the skin) are all good choices.
Drink Some Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is well known for its relaxation benefits. It's something people often drink when they are trying to go to sleep or relieve stress, but it can be good for your back pain, too. The chamomile will relieve your tension, which will help your muscles -- including the sore ones in your back -- to relax. Chamomile tea is easy to find in most grocery stores. Make sure you brew it for at least 5 minutes to ensure all of the powerful components are extracted into the tea.
Get a Little Exercise
Sometimes, remaining completely stationary does more harm than good. Unless your doctor has specifically forbid you from getting off the couch, try engaging in some very light, easy exercise like walking the dog or cleaning the house. Try to avoid activities that really work your back, but do get your heart pumping a little. This will increase circulation to your back, which will help speed up the healing process.
Take Some Turmeric
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory substance. You might even have some in your spice cabinet already. Add it to your stir fries, soups, and other dishes as it may help ease your back pain. There are also turmeric capsules that you can swallow. Only take them according to the instructions on the package.
For more tips and tricks for managing your back pain, reach out to your doctor or chiropractor. They can treat your injuries and also recommend more measures you can take at home.