[toc]Lower back pain can be debilitating. It can severely restrict your movement, and that will have its effect on your day to day activities. It can be sudden or chronic. If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain then you should immediately visit a doctor, because it may signal some underlying disease. However, if it is sudden which you may have acquired while lifting some heavy object or swinging the golf club a bit more than your waist can handle then it can be cured at home.
If there is no injury to the spine and no muscle tear then you may not need to visit a doctor. There are quite a few remedies for lower back pain which can be adopted quite successfully at home. Let us discuss some of the home remedies for lower back pain. Let us discuss some of these.
Lower Back Pain Home Remedies
As soon as you have injured your lower back you should apply some ice over the area. Ice has the quality to constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow. Reduced blood flow will also reduce the flow of pain and inflammation sensation to the affected area. This will automatically bring down the pain and swelling. So take some ice cubes, wrap it in a towel and press the towel on the injured lower back area. You will feel the difference in pain intensity after some time.
Prolonged use of ice may numb the area and that will delay the healing process. So as soon as the pain and inflammatory sensation has died down to some extent you should cease applying ice. Instead you should have a warm compress on the affected area. This will let the injured muscles relax and resume normal blood flow to the affected area. Normal blood flow will bring nutrients to the injured area and this will assist in fast healing of the area.
If it is more than 24 hours after you have got the injury and the pain has come down to some extent, then you can suppress the pain and inflammation further by releasing endorphins, the natural anti-inflammatory molecules released by the body. You can help the body release these molecules with a little aerobic exercise regularly. So relieve the pain with light aerobic exercise every day.
You may have got tight hamstring tendons which are putting extra pressure on the lower back muscles. Relieving this pressure can work wonders for your lower back pain. This can be done easily with regular stretching. There are several stretching postures for loosening the hamstrings. You can get the idea about these from a physical instructor. Practice two or three of these daily and alleviate lower back pain.
Exercising the abdominal and back muscles can go a long way in treating lower back pain. These muscles are crucial for supporting the spinal and lower back anatomy. So exercise these muscles to alleviate lower back pain. For this you should do some regular exercises that involve the back and abdominal muscles.