Why you should use a heat pack for lower back pain relief
If you haven't just injured your back and have persistent lower back pain heat therapy will surprise you with it's effectiveness.
As tempting as it is to reach for the painkillers, consider the side effects of taking them for long periods of time and whether they are the right choice for you. Low level heat therapy has been demonstrated in clinical testing to be more effective than over the counter painkillers (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen) for relieving acute low back pain.
Try a hands free solution that adjusts to fit where you need the heat, can be heated by microwave, and includes a temperature safety indicator, like a hug wearable heatpack.
It is best to start heat therapy as soon as the pain begins to flare, to nip muscle contraction in the bud, encourage bloodflow and relax the affected area.
Hot compresses are recommended by orthopaedic doctors to use on muscle injuries or common aches and pains. Heat can help loosen up the back muscles and relief tension, which in the end helps ease pain in the back. Heat is good for back stiffness and muscle spasms relief too. Warm compresses are used every couple of hours throughout the day until the back discomfort begins to ease away.
If you will be wearing the heat pack for a long time it is best to keep it on a low setting to prevent burns.
When you should speak to a Doctor:
With these treatments, your pain should go away on its own. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, because they could be signs of a bigger problem:
- The pain lasts for more than 3 days.
- It moves from your back to other parts of your body.
- You also have fever or loss of bladder or bowel control.