WebMD suggests that although it may seem easier to rest, engaging in normal physical activities that allow the spine to move is beneficial when experiencing lower back pain. Mild aerobic activities like biking, swimming, walking or doing household chores can all make someone with a sore back feel better. In addition, application of cold, acupuncture and biofeedback all show good results in treating lower back pain.Continue Reading
The majority of back pain is treated using non-surgical methods, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Some people get relief from applying cold compresses to the painful area for 20 minutes at a time. The cold packs are used for two or three days before switching to a heating pad or warm bath. The cold reduces inflammation while the heat relaxes tense muscles.
Acupuncture is an accepted alternative treatment for lower back pain, notes the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Acupuncture involves having tiny needles inserted into specific points on the body. These points are thought to exist where energy is blocked, with the needles helping to get energy flowing again. Another alternative treatment is biofeedback, which involves being hooked up to a biofeedback machine to monitor bodily functions. Biofeedback can help a person learn how to better respond to pain.Learn more about Breaks & Sprains