Many people have back pain and nearly each individual will make at least one visit to their family practitioner because of some type of back pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, many types of severe back pain will go away on its own, which is very surprising to most individuals. Where most people get confused is the fact that back pain may take up to four weeks to fully improve. This is a long time for most people and can be difficult to deal with. Back pain such as a slipped disc or sciatica will often go away on its own. A very low percentage of individuals suffer long-term discomfort from this type of pain, even though the pain can be extremely severe in most cases.
Many people have heard of acupuncture, acupressure and Reiki as a means of healing chronic or short-term back pain, but these treatments can be expensive and are not usually covered by medical insurance. That makes it difficult for most people to receive consistent treatment.
If suffering from long-term back pain, first take a look at your lifestyle in an attempt to determine what may be causing the pain. For example, if you are constantly sitting in one spot or are sitting with a laptop on your lap, you may have chronic back pain due to your computer habits. If you have a toddler at home weighing close to 30 pounds, you may be picking the child up too often. These are all lifestyle changes that can be looked at and changed with little effort.
Daily stretching exercises can also be beneficial to back pain. The Mayo Clinic recommends an exercise where an individual lays on his or her back and gently lifts bent legs towards their chest. You can rest your arms or hands on your shins to help support your position. Never stretch in such a way that causes further pain to your back. The next stretching exercise you can try is to stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Allow your hands and arms to hang freely at your sides and slowly bend your torso forward, so that you are reaching towards the floor between your feet. Do not strain yourself, but allow your back to stretch out. Again, never reach so far that you hurt yourself or strain your back further.
Applying heat to your back can also help. This can be accomplished with a heating pad or one of those rice packets that has been heated up in the microwave. If you don’t own anything like this, you can use what you have, which may involve taking a hot shower and allowing the water to coat your back or taking a hot bath and soaking your back in the water. If there is swelling involved, you may add kosher salt to the bathwater to help reduce swelling.
If you think you may have a kidney infection that is causing your sudden back pain, make an appointment with your doctor and drink plenty of fluids, including apple cider vinegar water several times a day. Stay well-hydrated and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.