Being a busy Mom, stress, and many other life’s happenings can cause back pain. Take a look below at a few remedies that could relieve your back pain.
Perhaps you lifted your preschooler just one too many times. Or maybe you tried to carry in eight bags of groceries at once, including a gallon of milk and a heavy jug of laundry detergent. Or maybe you spent more time than usual at your desk, trying to get through a mountain of emails and bills.
No matter what the reason behind it may be, your back is really bothering you now–as in, “I’m not sure I can get off the couch and pour cereal for breakfast” type of hurt. Unfortunately, back pain can be a common side effect of motherhood. All of that constant lifting and moving and chasing of small kids can take its toll on your back.
The good news is there are several things you can do, right from the comfort of home, that will get your back feeling better again in no time.
Keep it Active
This may sound counterintuitive, but WebMD advises that people with low back pain will feel more uncomfortable and have a harder time coping with the long daily to-do list than folks who do their best to keep active. While you might want to stay down at first when your back is really bothering you, try to make an effort to get up and try specific back healing exercises specific exercises. Laser Spine Institute has a user-friendly website that includes a plethora of exercise information on spine and back health. Learn more about Laser Spine Institute and its doctors here.
Keep it Cold
As the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes, although ice has not been officially proven to help with back pain, it seems to help minimize inflammation and alleviate discomfort.
Pop some ice cubes into a Ziploc bag, wrap it in a thin dish towel and then place it on the sore part of your back. Try to keep it on for about 20 minutes or so–maybe you can call your kids over to watch one of their favorite TV programs with you–and then remove the ice pack for the same amount of time before repeating the process. If you are out of sealable plastic bags, use a bag of frozen veggies like peas, or if you have one handy, a cold pack that you can purchase at a drug store and keep in the freezer. Try applying the cold on and off several times a day until the pain subsides.
Keep it Warm
If your back is still bothering you after three days, it’s time to turn on the heat. Soak in a extra warm bath for awhile, or try using a heating pad against the uncomfortable part of your back several times each day, for 20 or so minutes at a time.
Keep it Rested
Yes, being a mom and getting a full night’s sleep don’t always go hand in hand. But getting enough overnight rest can help to heal a strained or overworked back. Be sure when you are trying to get your 40 winks that you lie down on your side, as opposed to on your back or stomach. Flex your knees and if you have a spare pillow, put it between your knees.
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I appreciate my loving husband and children. They are my soul.
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