Monday, June 11, 2007

Backache II

More on how to cope with backache.

Heat relief
Take a soft towel and put it in a basin of very warm water. Wring it well and flatten it so that there are no creases in it. Lie chest down with pillows under your hips and ankles and fold the towel across the painful part of your back. Put some plastic wrap over that, then put a heating pad turned on medium on top of the plastic.

Heat and cold
Use both method if you are being indecisive which one is better. An intermittent regimen of heat and ice will actually make you feel better. 30 minutes of ice and 30 minutes of heat and keep repeating the cycle.

Stretching a sore back will actually enhance the healing process. Gently bring your knees up from the bed and to your chest. Once there, put a little pressure on your knees, stretch then relax. Repeat. It helps your muscle calm down sooner.

Roll out of bed
When getting out of bed, roll out - carefully and gently. You can get out of bed by sliding to the edge of the bed.

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