Fast Lifestyle Fixes for Lower-Back Pain
Lower-back pain is the most common disabling pain in people under 45‚ and almost everyone will suffer from it at some point. Fortunately, there are fast fixes you can do for immediate pain relief.
1. Clean out your purse.
Hanging a heavy weight off one side of your body stresses your skeleton as muscles try to compensate. Weigh your shoulder bag, backpack, or briefcase on the bathroom scale. If it’s more than 10 percent of your body weight, pare it down.
3. Reach for heat before pills.
When back pain strikes, try treating it with a wearable heat wrap rather than ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These pads provide 104-degree heat for up to eight hours. And one study published in Spine found they supply more relief than the maximum dose of nonprescription pain relievers and have longer-lasting effects.
4. Listen to your tailor.
Imagine this: You’re getting your pants hemmed when your tailor mentions that one of your legs is shorter than the other. Well, pay attention—any discrepancy greater than about an inch might put a strain on your back. If the tailor detects a minor difference, try a Dr. Scholl’s–type insole in your shoe or consult a podiatrist about custom inserts.