I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and on your own responsibility.
Ok- told you a few weeks ago that my back was a total aching source of pain, (just in case you happen to have anything else on your mind lately other than my back ache-here is the link to the relevant post)- Why I do my best to avoid paracetamols.
Now that issue has passed, I would like to share with you what I did to hasten the healing process- trusting that you fully understand that I’m not a qualified anything concerning health -that includes no certified knowledge concerning backs- and back aches. but! as I told you I read a lot+ believe in “sharing is caring” so just do whatever with the points listed ahead- which of course are not relevant if you happen to suffer from a chronic condition of any sort concerning your back. my tips helped my private back- which became sore after a 2 week episode of collecting +sawing firewood -I present to you evidence #1:
Ok- let’s start:
#1: Don’t ignore the warning signs!
Our bodies are magnificent machines- if we bother trusting them and listening to them. I worked through the slight pangs I felt , and although I did feel my back’s uncomfortableness when strengthening up from the sawing table. don’t be as daft please. take a rest, divide the work, stretch every 15 minutes, simply don’t overdo it. I mean- what’s the point of collecting firewood in july if you can’t take a friggin rest to stretch your back from time to time??
#2: Learn to keep your back safe!
Look online- there are plenty of youtube clips showing the proper way to lift heavy things ( hint: it concerns bending the knees more than straining your back….). this also means learning to strengthen your core- thighs, abdomen, back- doing everyday excersises- again- I’m not a health instructor- plenty of suggestions online- no need for a gym membership -your room is a great place to exercise!
#3: Don’t lie down and stop moving!
Again- this post has absolutely no intentions of giving any kind of medical- pseudo medical advice. get checked, go to the doctor, or don’t- do whatever you want. as far as I looked- this was still a free world-for most of us anyway. exercise that freedom of mind and don’t accept anything without first checking is suits you.
My experience with my private back was- that under no circumstances am I to just lie in bed all day and moan. the pain may pass eventually- but in my case- it went away much faster because I kept moving and stretching and walking and swimming, though definitely not at the same pace as before! easy workouts like slow swimming and mindful walking are-according to the almighty internet- actually quite good for back pains. but again- do your own research!
#4: Alternating hot&cold!
Many people use hot water bottles to relieve the pain- this method is great! (big believer in hot water bottles!) -but what I found even more useful was alternating between the hot water bottle-and an ice pack- get a designated one that doesn’t drip all over your bed- it’s freezer friendly and doesn’t take much space. just keep it there just in case). here is my Snoopy bean bag -its only advantage is that it’s more flexible than the water bottle- but if you have only the water bottle no need to go and buy this one!!the hot water bottle gets the blood pumping towards the injured place and the ice pack helps with the inflammation ,or so I’ve read anyway.
Learn to roll and stretch and “cat-cow” and so many other useful yoga poses that can keep you from hurting your back in the first place- and can speed the recovery if you-like me- strain it too much.
Hope this helps- stay healthy!
Enjoy- the cooliflower.