“Oh, my aching back!” When your back hurts, you quickly discover that pretty much everything including your eyelashes is apparently attached to your backbone…at least it feels that way because when you so much as twitch your back hurts…REALLY hurts.
Those with backaches have one single objection; to make their backs stop hurting. Backaches are all too common. Backaches are just about as common as the common cold. There can be many causes for a backache. Not getting enough exercise can make your back hurt, and so can bending, moving, and stretching. Stress can cause backaches, and so can being just a few pounds overweight. In short, starting a backache is really easy, but stopping a backache is a lot harder.
All kinds of over-the-counter medications promise to help relieve a backache. Most of them don’t work. There are prescription medications that your doctor can give you that will dull the pain. ALL of those have side effects that you’d rather not even think about. So, as usual, it comes down to what you can do for yourself at home to relieve your backache.
Garlic: Those prone to backaches should eat three cloves of garlic every morning. A garlic rub should be made by slowly frying garlic in mustard oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil until the garlic is brown. After the oil has cooled, it should be applied to the back. After the oil has been on the skin for three hours, the patient should take a warm (not hot) bath. It will take about 15 consecutive days to completely relieve the backache.
Raw Potato: The use of raw potato to relieve backache is rooting in thousands of years of history. Pound the potato into mush and apply it as a poultice to the lower back.
To get better quickly, take the right steps when you first get pain.
- Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.
- Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48-72 hours, then use heat.
- While sleeping, try lying in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place a pillow or rolled towel under your knees to relieve pressure.
A common misbelief is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended.