Over 30 million Americans report living with chronic back pain at any given time. Often, it’s dismissed as something that one just has to live with. Those that suffer from lower back pain know that it can be debilitating and often feel hopeless. However, there are reasonable measures one can take to try to alleviate the pain, before looking to MRIs and surgery. Try rotating heat and cold packs on the affected area, which can stimulate blood flow and reduce inflammation. In a 2017 study, yoga was found to be as effective, if not more effective, than PT for back pain. Others find relief with acupuncture sessions, which can relieve pain by stimulating the nervous system.
- The most common cause of disability worldwide is pain in the lower back, even though it’s often dismissed.
- Alternating both heat and cold therapy can stimulate flow of blood and reduce pain messages before they reach the brain.
- Stretching and exercise, such as moderate weight training or yoga, can yield excellent results.
“Seriously though, lower back pain is no joke. It’s the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and over 30 million Americans are dealing with it at any given moment.”