Treating Back Pain in South Portland, ME

Sooner or later, everyone is bound to develop some form of back pain, whether it’s from overactivity, strains or poor posture. Acute back pain like this tends to last for a few days or a week and goes away on its own. However, while you’re waiting for your back to heal, you can benefit from some home care.

Some of the ways you can help treat your back pain at home include:

  1. Exercising — If your back is sore, you may be tempted to stay in bed or on the couch all day. However, this can prolong your pain and inhibit your body’s ability to heal properly. While you shouldn’t run around or overexert yourself, it is important to maintain some level of activity. Try walking or doing light core exercises to improve the strength of muscles that help support your spine and body weight.
  2. Stretching — Your back pain may be related to tension in the muscles that develops due to stress and overactivity or from prolonged periods of sitting. Back muscles that are tight tend to bear more body weight than necessary and become sore. Some simple stretches can help increase the strength and flexibility of these muscles, which may help reduce your pain.
  3. Icing and heating — If your back is starting to hurt, you should ice it periodically to help reduce inflammation and pain. Apply a cold pack or bag of frozen vegetables to your back two or three times a day for 15 minutes. After a couple of days of icing, you can apply heat to help reduce discomfort. Do not heat immediately after the pain develops because it may increase inflammation.

You should also sleep properly, quit smoking and improve your posture to help reduce back pain. If you’re back pain is severe or chronic, though, home methods like these won’t cut it.

If you’re suffering from chronic or severe back pain, or you aren’t sure how serious your back pain is, you should seek assistance from a healthcare professional.

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can diagnose and treat many cases of back pain. Our team has years of experience in working with a variety of patients to help reduce pain and improve quality of life.

Are you experiencing back pain that lasts for more than a few days or a week? Is your back pain so severe that performing simple daily tasks is now too difficult? You should speak with a physical therapist at Back in Motion Physical Therapy to discover how we develop a personalized treatment to help you recover.

Our South Portland Location:

185 Ocean Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207) 799-8226
Fax: (207) 799-9340

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