Natural relief from referred or radiating low back pain
March 24th, 2017 290 post views
What is radiating low back pain?
Radiating low back pain is characterised by constant or intermittent low back pain that causes referred buttock, hip, and thigh pain. The problem usually extends down just one leg and can reach as far as the knee. The pain is described as a travelling, shooting pain that is aggravated by sitting – especially for prolonged periods of time. Low back pain associated with sciatica will give you pain in the low back and buttocks or thigh, but might travel below the knee and have associated symptoms like numbness, tingling and burning pain.
Natural treatment for radiating low back pain
Low back pain often clears up on its own within a few weeks or a few months, but there are some ways you can help to alleviate your symptoms naturally.
Your chiropractor can advise you on some home stretching exercises to help manage your pain.
There are certain yoga poses such as the cat and camel, the cobra, and the child pose that can help relieve symptoms. An internet search of these poses will show you how to perform them.
2. Alternating between ice and heat
Use ice and heat alternately as a natural way to ease your pain. Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory because it constricts blood flow to the area on which it is applied and slows down the pain signals going along the nerves to the brain. Heat, on the other hand, can increase blood flow to the deep muscles which increases their circulation and nourishes and helps them heal and also relaxes the muscles.
I often advise my patients to use heat from a hot water bottle or to take a hot bath, then do some yoga stretches and follow up by putting ice on the area. This can be done a few times a day. Make sure you have a protective barrier such as a tea towel, between your skin and the ice or heat to avoid skin irritation and don’t leave either on for more than 20 minutes at a time.
3. Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time such as sitting at your desk, sitting at a computer, studying, being a couch potato, or commuting can all exacerbate your symptoms. Getting up and moving around can help relieve the pain. If you were on a long drive, stop every two hours, get out of the car, walk around and stretch for 10 minutes before getting back in your car. And if you’re sitting at a desk all day, get up and go to the drinking fountain, or find some other excuse to get up and walk around and stretch.
Low back pain is incredibly common in one form or another. It is estimated that 80% of the population suffer from back pain at one time or the other, and when left to worsen it can cause serious long-term health problems. If you are struggling with your back, it is important that you seek help from a qualified professional, rather than simply hoping that the problem goes away.
If you are based in the Eastbourne area, why not come and see the team here at Lushington Chiropractic. We’d love to see you and advise you on the best ways to tackle your discomfort.
Thanks for reading,