Ways to ease your aching back.

I work with computers all day.

As a systems analyst, I work 12-14 hour days on the computer  and this has led to a common problem aching backs.

When I get home at the end of the workday, I tend to feel stiff and uncomfortable.

An Advil tends to bring instant relief, but I prefer natural remedies to pharmaceuticals.

So how do I fix my aching back naturally?

The ways that seems to work best for me include the following

Stretch it out:

Bad posture and sitting in a particular position for extended periods of time tend to lead to aching back. You can ease this pain by stretch exercises that can be performed anywhere.

Method:

  1. Stand up straight.
  2. Lift your arms high above your head.
  3. Bend backwards and slowly reach back till you can go no further.
  4. Stand up straight again and put your hands on your waist.
  5. Twist your body to the left and then to the right.
  6. Do a couple of jumping jacks
  7. This should help stretch out your muscles.

Yoga:

Yoga exercises are a great way to ease aches and pain and work extremely well for back pains.

Method:

 

  1. Lying on your back, bend your knees into your chest and bring your arms out at a T position.
  2. Exhale slowly and lower your knees to ground on the right.
  3. Keep your shoulders pressed down firmly on the ground and as you lift your left shoulder, lower your knees further away from the right arm.
  4. Hold for a minute then repeat for the opposite direction

 

Ice, Ice baby: Your backache might be caused by an injury such as a pulled muscle so to ease the pain you can apply ice. Though heat might feel better on an aching muscle it can actually exacerbate your injury.

Method:

  1. Get some ice
  2. Put it in a tea cloth
  3. Apply it to the affected area.

With these few methods you should have a pain free back.

 

Photo by David Castillo Dominici. Published on 16 September 2011
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