By Yumi Sakugawa, Intent.com
As anyone who’s suffered it knows, it sucks to have back pain. But it doesn’t have to suck for your wallet.
Don’t get me wrong; a professional back massage every once in a blue moon is worth every cent and feels A-MAAAZING! For the rest of the time, though, practice the following 7 tips to relieve your stiff back and neck, and to practice good habits to prevent future back pains in the future.
1. Sleep with more than one pillow to support your back. To minimize future back pain, be mindful of how you sleep. You will need one pillow for your head and neck support, and depending on how you sleep, another pillow to support the bottom half of your body. If you sleep on the side, put a regular-sized pillow or body pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, put a small pillow beneath the small of your back. If you sleep on your abdomen, put a small pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. (Check out a handy slide show of these sleeping positions on MayoClinic.com)
2. Apply heating pads to areas on your neck and back that feel particularly stiff. Heating pads can be easily found at Target, Walmart and nearly all drug stores. Applying heat to a trouble spot helps loosen the muscles and relieve the stiffness.
3. Take a hot bath with epsom salt. Add 1-2 cups of epsom salt in a tub of hot water for a luxurious self-spa treat after a long day of work. Epsom salts are cheap and can be bought at any supermarket or drug store. A hot bath will help relieve stiff muscles and probably remove some of the stress that is causing you back pain in the first place!