.These are The 5 Best Equipment For Back Pain Relief
Recent studies have found that nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point of their lives.
With this in mind it shouldn’t surprise us that there are literally thousands of different products for treating these problems, but not all of them are right for you.
This is why we want to present to you five of the best products on the market today that can help you if you’re dealing with back pain. However, remember that prevention is always best. You can learn of methods to prevent back pain before here.
1. Acupressure mats
Acupressure mats are based on the traditional Chinese practice of acupressure. This technique is similar to more popular acupuncture in targeting key points on the human body. However, here they use finger and palm pressure and not needles.
There are many ways of practising acupressure from professional treatments to self-healing. And the simplest and cheapest way is to purchase an acupressure mat.
On the surface of an acupressure mat, you will find small plastic flowers or raised points which will stimulate some of the key healing points on your back. When you first look at it, you’ll maybe find it hard to believe that this surface full of pointy plastic flowers that you’re supposed to lie on will be comfortable, but be patient.
Acupressure mats can achieve much more than relieve your back problems. They will generally improve the blood circulation in your body and sooth the soreness of the muscles. Unlike most other equipment for back pain problems, acupressure mats also provide you with the combination of body and mind relaxation.
They are very easy to use since you just have to lie on them daily. They are very affordable with prices starting as low as $20.
2. Heating pads
The use of heat to treat inflammation is well known. There are various equipment you can use starting with the good hot water bottle.
More sophisticated tools include heating pads which work in a very simple way that can relieve pain in some, but not all, situations. They generate heat that causes blood vessels in the affected area to dilate thus creating better circulation.
However you should be careful with heating pads because heat is not the best treatment for all kinds of back problems. When it comes to non-inflammatory pain, heating pads are very effective but should be almost always avoided when dealing with new injuries. Also, there are many doctors who don’t recommend them for patients with arthritis.
They are very easy to use since you only have to plug them in and put them over the affected area or lie on them depending on their size. There is a vast array of these products and their prices can vary drastically.
3. Back braces
Back braces are basically elastic straps of different shapes and sizes that are tightened around your torso to correct your posture or help relieve back pain. They are an excellent type of equipment because they are completely non-intrusive and can be used throughout the day under your clothes.
There are all kinds of back braces that can be perfect for your particular back issue.
The simplest ones are wide back braces that you wrap around your lower back. These are generally used to take the pressure of your lower back and provide extra support.
Shoulder back braces are wrapped around your shoulders and back and are more effective in dealing with upper back problems. They also help improve the general body posture and properly align the spine. Since there is a vast array of different shapes and sizes of these products, their prices can vary.
4. Inversion tables
If you want to seriously battle your back problems, maybe it’s best to purchase an inversion table and treat yourself with a proper healing method. You should be aware that these products can be much more expensive than the other equipment in this article.
An inversion table is a contraption that lifts your body and tilts it in many different angles. By doing this, it relieves the pressure on your spine. Another effect is that this can also elongate other joints. However intrusive this method may seem, it is very relaxing and gentle because it decreases the nerve pressure and corrects your posture.
Once on the inversion table, you can just let it do its job and relax. However you have to be aware that these products require adequate space to put them. So make sure you have enough room.
5. Foam Rollers
However with foam rollers, you have to actively engage your body in order to achieve results. Hence they are also often seen as exercise methods.
There are many different exercises you can perform with a foam roller and they are mostly done while lying down. One of the simplest drills is to put the roller under your lower back while lying on your back. Then you should bend your knees and roll across the roller forward and backward.
This is a great way for people already active in gyms or any kinds of sports. It helps to extend their training methods and keep their back strong and healthy.
Article by Annie Jones
Annie is a fan of bodyweight training and healthy living. She founded the BoostBodyFit to share her experience on Health, Fitness and Sports Nutrition.