Simple Steps to Help Relieve Back Pain

When it comes to back pain, consider a three pronged approach.

Step 1: Treat it

Stay cool - Ice it for the first 48 hours 5-10 mins at a time.

Warm up - Use heating pads and hot showers after 48 hours to relieve pain.

Rest + relief - Take a pain reliever like TYLENOL® (Use as directed) and avoid strenuous activity.

Step 2: Prevent it

Sleep smart

Sleep smart

Choose a firm mattress and sleep with a pillow between your knees (for side sleepers) or under them (for back sleepers)

Get some support

Get some support

Use a chair with good lower back support. Sit with raised feet if necessary.

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Stand up

Soft knees, shoulders back, keep moving. Posture is everything!

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Lift with your knees

Your mom and gym teacher were right! Never bend from the waist.

Step 3: Stretch it*

Graphic demonstrating a lower back stretch

Stand up with your hands on your lower back. Slowly and carefully bend back a little, toward your hands. Hold for a few seconds and then release. Repeat a few times.

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Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Put your hands around your left knee and pull it down toward your chest. Hold the stretch for a few seconds, then release. Repeat with right knee. Then, pull both knees toward your chest together and hold a few seconds.

* Talk to your doctor before beginning or revising any exercise regimen.

Try these simple steps and you may be back in action in no time!