I'm not a medical profesional, but have extensive experience with lower back pain. Here's what my chiropractor
instructs me to do, however, readers would be well advised
to consult their own physicians. With that said...
The two most common lower back ailments
are strained muscles
. Depending on severity, either condition can be fairly debilitating
. As far as home treatment, both respond fairly well to some simple measures.
My treatment includes ice pack therapy and an OTC
). For sciatica I get relief by laying on the floor with my legs draped over the edge of a bed, sofa or chair. This helps take pressure off those painful pinched nerves.
Heat therapy is not
advisable for sciatica because the warmth will only cause the swelling in those damaged nerves to become worse.
can be eased initially with cold therapy at the onset, followed a day or two later with warmth (hot compresses, bath, heating pad). Muscle preparations (BenGay, Flexall, etc.) can also be beneficial, but never
use them in conjunction with an external heat source as you can literally cook your flesh!