In most cases, when back pain strikes, the best way to speed up your recovery is to stay active and takewhen you need them (speak to a pharmacist for advice about these).
But if you’d like to do more to help get back into action, what else can you try?
Many products claim to help beat back pain, so it’s not always easy to tell what works and what doesn’t. That’s why we asked 4 experts for their top products for back pain.
There’s no guarantee these will work for everyone, but here are 6 expert-recommended back pain products**.
Chartered physiotherapist and back pain expert,, recommends the .
“This natural alternative therapy originates from Chinese medicine, and involves scraping the skin over the area that hurts. This simple action can help to improve the circulation to your back, which, in turn, may help improve your pain,” she says.
If your back feels tense or stiff, amay help ease the tension by “massaging the tense knots that can contribute to back pain,” according to Margo.
Registered chiropractoragrees that a ball can be useful for back pain. His go-to device for relieving back pain at home is a ball – a tennis , hockey or lacrosse ball will do.
“The ball is excellent for releasing the muscle tension and spasm associated with lower back pain,” says Keel.
Katie Knapton, a chartered physiotherapist and founder of, says that gentle heat from stick-on heat pads like the can be useful for back pain.
These pads are thin and can fit easily under clothing, but read the instructions carefully before using them. Some are safe to stick directly onto your skin, while others aren’t.
Dr Nick Summerton, a family doctor and member of Healthily's Clinical Advisory Board, also recommends heat pads for back pain. But he suggests that heat pads are best used for ongoing back pain, rather than on new injuries.
Creams that warm the body can also help ease back pain, says Knapton. She recommends, which can be rubbed straight into your skin to help soothe a sore back.
Some creams can irritate sensitive skin or cause an allergic reaction, so always test a heat cream on a small patch of skin before rubbing it into your back.
If it’s been less than a couple of days since you hurt your back, it’s worth trying an ice pack, according to Keel and Dr Summerton. Both agree that a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a thin towel often works well.
Keel says that “10-minute applications every couple of hours during flare-ups can really help.”
But don’t worry if you don’t have a bag of peas to hand – a reusable gel ice pack is a good alternative you can use over and over again.
If you find it harder to sleep when you have back pain, the National Sleep Foundation recommends putting a knee pillow under or between your knees while you sleep.
Doing so can help support your back and keep your spine aligned.
One of the products the National Sleep Foundation recommends is the. It has a foam insert that you can remove to change the firmness, shape and thickness of the pillow.
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*The products mentioned in this article may not be suitable for all types of back pain. Speak to a doctor to make sure they are safe for you to use. If you have worsening back pain or concerns please consult with your doctor.
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