Is heat or cold better for relief of lower back pain? Also, what is the best position to sleep?

(Last Updated: Oct 5, 2007)


Lower back pain and sleeping position remedies

Any kind of lower back pain requires close attention and strict remedial measures. You must follow certain limitations for some time to ensure that you rid yourself of the pain completely. For at least one month after you first experienced the pain: don't indulge in heavy, strenuous exercise; don't lift any weight more than 10 pounds; don't do any heavy housework for at least two weeks; don't stand continuously for more than 15 minutes and don't run at all.

Continue to follow these procedures strictly even if your pain is completely gone well before the month is up. You can apply warm compresses to your back and see if they provide you with any relief from the pain. If your pain is not better or it aggravates, then you should try to apply cold compresses. If both do not seem to make any difference, do away with the practice altogether. Instead, try to lie flat on your back with your arms and legs stretched out for at least 20 minutes each day. This should help tone your back. You can massage your back with garlic oil, mustard oil or olive oil.

If you have to use a pillow while sleeping, make it a point to use one that is no more than an inch thick. Avoid using even that if you can. Sleep on your back as this is the best posture to rest your back well.

answered by M W


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