So what do you do if you are hurting a little bit? I have several tips. The first is to go outside for fifteen minutes. Soak up sunshine. It also helps that you got away from the artificial lights of indoors.
Another good idea, that goes hand in hand, is less stress and better nutrition. Back pain and stress are related. I see a lot of patients the day before their vacation. Their stress level is at an all time high and most often I tell them they will feel better when they are on their vacation. The stress of finishing up all the loose ends before you can actually get away for a few days is most likely causing their pain. Good nutrition is obvious. All the chemicals in processed foods set the inflammatory process so high the muscles and joints react.
My last tip is to use some icey hot lotion. I have recommended Sombra for years. The smell is wonderful and it really helps the muscles relax. Sometimes it takes the edge off enough that you are able to sleep.
Lately I discovered a product I like equally as well, MyoMedica. It seem to really penetrate and last long.
I also recommend Salon Pas over the counter patches. They are affordable and work.
I put a store on my website were you can purchase Sombra and MyoMedica.
Kathryn Larson registered nurse and chiropractor