If you feel as though you’ve tried everything to ease your lower back pain, but to no avail, these tips might be just what you’re looking for.
1. Release your inner endorphins
Through aerobic exercise, massage therapy or meditation, the release of these endorphins will help to block pain signals from registering with the brain. This can also help to alleviate depression, anxiety and stress, all of which can increase pain.
2. Exercise your core
Your lower back is supported by muscles in your abs and back. On a typical day, these muscles won’t get a good work out. Try sitting upright on an exercise ball for 30 minutes every day to engage your core muscles.
3. Stretch hamstrings twice a day
Having tight hamstrings can put additional stress on the sacroiliac joint, leading to back pain. Gently stretching these muscles can help prevent the added pressure on the joints.
4. Soothe the pain with cold or hot
Cold reduces inflammation which is usually a culprit when it comes to back pain. Cold also acts as an anaesthetic, slowing down nerve impulses and preventing spasming and pain.
Hot stimulates blood flow and brings healing nutrients to the affected area. It also inhibits pain messages that are sent to the brain, helping to reduce symptoms.
5. Engage your brain
The way our brains interpret pain signals decides how we perceive our pain. It is possible to develop skills for our brains to reduce or ignore pain signals. This can be done through hypnosis, or distraction as well some other techniques.
6. Get enough restorative sleep
Pain is known to be a leading cause of insomnia. Approximately 2 thirds of people with chronic back pain also suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Sufferers often find themselves stuck in a vicious cycle of little sleep and increased pain.
The N:rem mattress has been designed especially for pain sufferers who struggle to get comfortable. Its unique, customisable design means you can tailor your sleeping experience to get firm support where you need it most, and softer comfort for for painful areas and pressure points.
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