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  • Have you tried 'heat treatment' (infra red) ?
  • Lie on a heating pad and take Aleve.
  • Heat treatment already mentioned can help. I have reduced lordosis and scoliosis - sounds a lot worse than it is in my case. Basically the bottom of my spine is twisted round 90%. (You would not notice it to look at me - I hope). It can cause me discomfort though, so I took up Pilates to improve my suppleness. This has helped enormously. Hey and I get to be in a class room of just me 1 male and about 30 women!!! Seriously - would recommend it or youga or any stretching exercises. When your back hurts you probably dont want to do any exercise, but in most cases thats exactly what you need to do. I would still chat to a doctor first - (mine recommended pilates to me).
  • I'm guessing you've already seen a doctor but why not ask him about TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). It is very effective in some types of pain, not in others. Basically, you know when you bang your leg/arm and you rub it to make the pain lessen temporarily? What you are doing is overloading the nerves so that rather than just sensing pain, some sense touch and stretch instead. The TENS does a similar job, by sending electrical currents into a couple of adhesive pads on your skin. Sounds painful, I know, but the signal is not painful, in the same way that those six-pack muscle stimulators don't hurt, unless you turn them all the way up (they work in a similar way). Also, some people develop back pain due to weak core muscles. If you feel back pain come on, try and tense your abdominals up tightly (as if you were straining on the loo, not sucking your stomach in), and some find this lessens the pain. Of course you've probably tried pain medications, how about prescription meds (not everyone cup of tea). If it is serious, check with your doctor to see if you need an X-ray, or perhaps physio if the problem is muculoskeletal. Finally, a very, VERY drastic option is surgery, but there are obviously serious risks associated with this. Anyway, try the TENS/muscle tensing first.
  • Heat. Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent and drawn up toward you. Gentle rolls on the floor on your back, side to side.. Light and gentle, gradual deep knee squats. Mangosteen and other natural anti-inflammatories. Reach around to your spine with both hands and gently stimulate the individual vertebrae up and down the back. You can get some hep with this. Find where the tension is in your body and consciously try to relax that area. Pace yourself.
  • Yes, you have to ask yourself, is it related to tone, flexibility, a tight area or structure? Let's talk about tone. Overall muscle tone. Are you a hard body? Do you work a lot of hours??? Are you holding a great deal of stress in your body. If this pain is related to tone you have to know that hard bodies have a tendency for more pain. Next, check your flexibility. Flexibility in your legs. The leg muscles attach at the hips. The spine comes off the hips. If your legs get over tight and less flexible it can lock down that entire region more. Marty Kunsman, author of "Hard Body Pain, Soft Body Bliss." available amazon.com
  • Sleep on a harder surface. Ideally, buy a futon or an orthopedic bed. If that is outside your budget, try sleeping on the floor for two weeks, or place a sheet of wood under your mattress. You'll be amazed at the difference!
  • If your nerves are pinched and that is what is causing the pain then you need to unpinch the nerves. To do that you are going to have to correct you posture. You cannot change that overnight. You need to learn the natural position that each body part is supposed to be in, in comparrison to all your other body parts. shoulder, ribcage, neck, vertibre, butt, legs, chin. I obsess over these things because of disability. But dispite that, I am in better shape and less pain than most the people I know. That doesn't nessesarly say much about most people.
  • Strengthen your abdominal muscles. They play a very important role in stablizing your lumbar muscles. My father broke his back when I was a child. After spending nearly a year in bed, he began doing ab exercise every morning upon waking. If he missed a day or two, his lower back would get real tight and the pain would start coming back. he still does them to this day, and he lives virtually pain free.
  • get a kitchen chair...lay on your back on the floor and put your legs on the kithen chair from your knees to your feet....you should look like a letter h lying on its back...this will sometimes relieve lower back pain....but you may have a herniated disc or somesuch....sometimes stress will also cause lower back pain...stop worrying and the pain will go away....and get a lumbar support for any chairs you use and practice good posture....
  • Google "lower back pain stretches". There are a lot of them and they work pretty well. I do one where you lie flat on your back, bend and lift your right knee, take that knee with your left, and pull it toward your left shoulder. You should feel the stretch (if it hurts that's too much) hold for about 30 seconds, relax, then repeat with the opposite knee and hand for same time. About three each of those and my painful back feels totally fine. Do them in the morning and again at night. Everybody is different but they work great for me.
  • Generally when someone has back troubles one of their legs is shorter than the other. The easiest way to take care of the problem is locate a minister who believes in healing and have him fix the problem. Many of you may not believe this but it is true, not only have my legs been corrected I have done so to a large number of other people as well.

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