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Back pain is more common than ever before. Blame long sitting hours, heavy lifting, dearth of fitness plans, or over enthusiastic exercise – young and old people are more prone to it nowadays. Don’t worry, we got your back!  In this article, we explore the symptoms, triggers and the plethora of tools and supports that can help you regain mobility and improve your overall quality of life.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn. We at Body Best completely believe in that quote and for us a healthy body includes a robust back too! However, it is not always that straightforward as it sounds. Sitting long hours in front of a computer, your vehicle or simply standing and lifting heavy items can take a toll on your back. Young professionals, athletes, old people – you name it – have faced back ache issues at some point in their lives.

Back pain expresses itself differently for each one of us. For some it may feel like a stabbing pain, a numbness, for others a burning sensation or even as a shooting pain that radiates down the hips and legs. It can affect the lower back or upper back.

Muscle overuse can cause upper back pain. Lower back pain is often associated with bad posture and lack of exercise. However, pregnancy and arthritis can also cause it. It can also result from a strain or injury that affects the tendons and muscles at the back. It can be a not-so-serious issue that can be treated with a simple hot compress to more serious ones that can cause lifelong disability.

Poor posture is another major cause of back pain that puts strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments and aggravates the condition over time. Even a sudden awkward movement can make you twist a muscle and cause back aches.

1 in 8 Canadians have chronic back problem

Did you know over 11 million Canadians suffer from an injury or disorder that affects their movement, according to the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA). In fact, one in eight Canadians report a chronic back problem and almost one-third face a limitation in their activity because of back pain.

On the Road to Recovery

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for those suffering from back pain. There is no dearth of tools, aids, supports and technology that can help you get relief from back pain. Some of the solutions are as simple as increasing mobility and while others are advanced support aids. Let’s discuss all these solutions on how to treat back pain.

Stretch and Strengthen

Our bodies are like machines and the more you move and stretch the better it will perform. In short, exercising in any form – whether it is a simple everyday walk, doing yoga or stretching your limbs throughout the day can do wonders. Yoga strengthens the back muscles, stabilizes the vertebrae and in turn supports the spine. Exercising your core muscles with planks and a sun salutation can help promote a healthier back and spine. Yoga Resistance Loop Bands come in very handy when doing those stretches to alleviate back pain.

Keep it Straight

A lot of back pain is caused by poor posture. Out of habit people slouch and overtime the muscle and ligaments weaken, causing backaches. However, keeping a good posture has now become quite easy with posture support tools and aids. For instance, Back Belts help maintain a healthy back, without you doing much about it. It simply won’t let you slouch! It enables natural healing with minimal discomfort or side effects.

Apart from maintaining a good posture, getting a healthy weight is crucial to keep aches and pain at bay. Overweight people tend to have more back issues.

Brace it up

Braces are another wonderful aid. They are a great support for the spine and the back. It will not only help you manage your pain, but also make you feel supported.

To provide support for your spine, Spinal Support braces help control abnormal spinal curves and increase motion of joints in the spine. They even help with arthritis, herniated discs, minor fractures, and a protruding abdomen.

LordoLoc Back Brace is another effective support that helps stabilize the lumbar spine. It is super simple to wear and is made of breathable material.

Go Hot and Cold

Heat therapy works wonders on body aches. Applying heat to the sore muscles at the back can increase blood flow and make connective tissues more flexible. A simple heating pad can help soothe the aching back muscles. Check out our best selling Thermophore heating pads.

If you have an injury, a cold pack works to treat any inflammation and swelling. Learn more about hot and cold therapy.

Try Topical

For most people popping an OTC pain medication is an easier solution for pain relief. However, you can also rub on medicated creams to soothe your aching back. Topical analgesics or analgesic pain relievers are applied on pain sites to reduce muscle and joint pain.

Arnica therapeutic oil allows chronic pain management while Medistik offers the strongest pain relief without a prescription, available in Canada. Make sure you use these oils and gels as they do not have any side effects.

Massage Tools

Let’s talk about massage tools for a bit. The market is full of DIY massage tools such as massage cushions. Plus, the more newer technology – Massage Guns that are widely used for pain relief. Theragun is a very popular percussion massage gun brand among professional athletes and sportspersons as they provide deep tissue massage anytime, anywhere.

Massage guns are also getting popular among the masses to treat chronic pain. These guns are easy to carry and are non-invasive. They melt away tension and release soreness, helping you to take care of your body daily in the comfort of your home. Apart from massage guns, gua sha tools can give quick relief from pain, and relax overly tired muscles. Read our article on gua sha.

Massage Therapy

Last but not the least, there is nothing as comforting as a massage session! Visit your RMT and explain your back pain issue and they can help you with a treatment session to reduce your symptoms. Whether it is deep tissue, Swedish massage, there are a lot of massage therapy options to treat back pain.

For serious injuries, such as back pain due to arthritis, disc issues and structural problems,  it is important that you consult your doctor before beginning any DIY treatment.

Don’t let pain define your quality of life. With so many different options and solutions, we are sure you will find what suits you best.

*We make no claim or recommendation about the medicinal benefits of the products listed in this article. We advise you seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition