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When low back pain strikes it is very tempting to lie down when one has an acute episode and simply try not to move! It is an immediate response. The body tells you it is in intense pain and if it is severe enough we may not even want to move your little finger in case this may affect the lower back. I know as I have been there before… however the reality is that not moving and lying down makes the pain worse and prolongs the recovery process. The body’s immediate response to an injury is inflammation and swelling. This process alone stimulates pain.

In order to reduce the inflammation and attain some low back pain relief movement is vital; it encourages circulation and reduces the swelling. Therefore where possible maintain your normal lifestyle patterns. Keep active, in other words keep walking as this loosens the lower back and avoid sitting for long periods of time. If necessary and if the pain is severe enough take some pain killers and try to stretch the area out as the surrounding muscles will be tight and stiff. Finally, remember to apply a cold pack to the painful area. If you are not sure whether to use a hot or cold compress then have a look at my blog on hot and cold packs for a little more information. Please feel free to give us a call if needed and also take advantage of our free 15 minute consultations and remember to keep up with gentle movements especially walking.