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Cure Your Back Pain without Harming Your Wallet

This woman wants to cure her backache

There’s only one thing more painful than back pain and that is the thought of how much money it is going to cost to cure it. Everything from medical bills through to months off work without pay can take a toll on your finances. When back pain strikes, you need something that is going to cure it fast, before it seriously starts to affect your family finances. Here are some top tips for getting back on your feet without spending a fortune.

This woman wants to cure her backache
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Find out what is causing your back pain

Back pain happens to most people at some time in their lives, especially as they get older. The most cost-effective way of dealing with it is to find out exactly what caused it so that you can make sure that it does not happen again.

A lot of back issues are caused by joints, muscles and connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons. However, you should not make this assumption without getting your condition checked out by a doctor because some back pain is caused by medical conditions affecting internal organs such as a kidney infection.  

The cause of your back pain could be at home or at work. Employment-related causes of back pain are very common and include:

  • Lifting weights. This could be repeated lifting of a light weight, perhaps at an awkward angle. It could also be a one-off lift of a very heavy weight that caused a muscle tear.
  • A slip, trip or fall at work. It is common to jar your back when you fall awkwardly.
  • Repeated movements. The back is prone to repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) in the same way as other parts of the body. People who work on production lines are very prone to this type of injury.
  • Poor ergonomics. If your posture is poor as you sit at a desk all day, it can cause chronic tension and inflammation which eventually leads to pain and loss of movement.

Cost-effective ways of curing lower back pain

Start by looking at what is causing it and do something about it. Talk to your employer about how things can change at work. Could you get a new ergonomically designed chair or could you take more breaks?

Stress and tension are major causes of back pain and Savvy Massage can play a big role in helping with this. After a 30-minute traditional Chinese massage, you will experience renewed strength and vigor to take on your day. The Remedial massage will manipulate the soft tissues of your back and reduce the discomfort.

Exercise costs nothing and is one of the best ways of curing back pain. Get some advice from a physiotherapist about what exercise would be best for you. Make sure that you get up from your desk every hour and have a walk around. If you are able to go for a swim during your lunch break you will soon feel the benefit.

By introducing these simple and cost-effective changes to your lifestyle you could make your back pain a thing of the past.

52 thoughts on “Cure Your Back Pain without Harming Your Wallet”

  1. Hmmmm back pain,where shall I start?!…..heading for an MRI to find out if I have another blown disc…one lower back fusion done already ,hope I don’t have another one…..

  2. Bioelectric therapy is a safe, drug-free treatment option for people in pain. It is used to treat some chronic pain and acute pain conditions. It relieves pain by blocking pain messages to the brain.

  3. Lots of great ideas that work! I want to add that I bought one of those back braces, like a large belt that stays on with velcro. I wear it when I have lower back pain from sitting at my computer too long. They’re really inexpensive at Walmart and even DIY home stores like Home Depot or Harbor Freight. Worth a try!

  4. Hmm, doesn’t look like anyone here believes in chiropractic care. When I was 22, I hurt my lower back by lifting heavy weights the wrong way on a construction site. My family doctor sent me for X-rays – which turned up nothing. I was prescribed muscle relaxants and pain killers. After a month of no relief, I was advised to visit a chiropractor. He had me walking without pain in a week. I’ve been going ever since – once a month for maintenance. He gave me exercises to do in order to strengthen the muscles around the lower spine. It’s another option. Thanks, Christy!

    1. I have a friend who goes regularly to a chiropractor, John. It can get expensive and I’ve heard mixed results BUT I’m glad you’ve found it works for you. And I really like that he gave you exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the lower part of your spine. Thumbs up to your feeling better!

  5. This might sound crazy, but since the bike hitting my back last summer, I’ve have lots of, and varying amounts of pain.
    At the first sign of “the ache” kicking in, I put on some Salon Pas. I find the ones that last for 3 hours usually do the trick. You can also get 12 hour patches.
    However, it’s not enough just t apply directly to the pain. Fan out from there. Where is it traveling? Up into my neck, down my arms or? I make a series of patches, like a spaced out trail. The patches seem to end up on acupressure points quite often.
    I’ve used them on my legs for knee pain & other situations.
    They are topical, natural, non invasive and feel great when you peel them off.
    They sure work for me. 40 – 3 hour patches costs $6.00 at a pharmacy. :D ♡♡

    1. That’s an awesome tip, Resa! I like that it’s a natural approach too. I know some methods work for one person and not for another but it’s great when we find things that jive with our body… provides peace for the body as well as the mind ;)

  6. I’ve struggled with various back conditions since I was pregnant with my youngest son who weighed ten pounds at birth. Many of those years since, I have been in and out of physical therapy. The best advice is work on core strength, watch what and how you lift, and use correct posture (this can be hard when your back is hurting, but none-the-less important). In addition to physical therapy, I have a regular workout routine that includes Pilates, some yoga, weights and elastic bands, and pool exercise. If you have trouble walking because of your back, walking in water eases your pain. Be consistent. During my years as a PT patient, I have seen many who have had surgery and have yet to meet anyone whose surgery produced the expected results and any were in more pain. It’s more about learning to manage your pain.

    1. Thank you for this thorough and helpful comment, Michelle! I hear time and again about the importance of core strength for taking the pressure off the back. Also, yoga is amazing for helping the back ~ and I love those smooth movements of the postures on the mats. I’m thinking you’re on a healthy track and that makes me happy :)

  7. Another excellent article, Christy. I’m glad you mentioned swimming; it served as a reminder for me to sign up at the local YWCA. I taught CNAs for several years, and one of my favorite classes was body mechanics. I loved the looks on my students faces when i told them holding a 2-lb. weight against your body becomes a 200-lb. force against your back when you extend your arm! So often we forget to hold an object close to our bodies when lifting it, and allow our thighs to do the work instead of our backs. You’re a walking encyclopedia of health info, my friend 💚

    1. “Body mechanics”… I like the sound of that, Tina. The water is so gentle on the joints. I cannot swim but want to do water aerobics! You’re a wealth of info, yourself!!

  8. I’ve known several people who’ve had back surgery, some of them many times. Somehow it didn’t help any of them… I have chronic lower back pain. I relate. But I have no intention of following in their footsteps. At least not until I see it help someone.
    Have a good weekend, Christy.

  9. Having a strong core helps so much with relieving and preventing back. I suffer from chronic hip and back pain, and if I let my core strength slip, I definitely feel it. Awesome post!

    1. I send best wishes to your mom.. I hope she finds a solution that works for her soon.. She is lucky to have you as her caring daughter, Sweta <3

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