5 Tips to Treat Back SpasmYou can get back spasm whenever you lift or turn a certain way so that the muscles are stretched or torn.  This leads to back spasm of the muscles supporting the lower back.  It is usually very painful but does not require surgery.

There are things you can do at home that will relieve the pain and spasm of the affected muscles.

Here are some tips to treat back spasm:


5 Tips to Treat Back Spasm


1. Application of Ice

Ice is best applied shortly after an injury, usually within 48 hours of the injury. You can use a rectangular ice pack that is made commercially or simply use a bag of ice or a bag of frozen vegetables applied to the affected area.

Because there is a risk of frostbite if you apply the ice directly to the skin, you should use a cloth or towel between the ice pack and your skin.  Apply the ice for about 30 minutes.  Then allow the back to warm up before applying another round of ice to the affected area in your back.

For more info on applying ice to your back read – Ice Packs for Back Pain

2. Application of Heat

Heat can really get deep to the muscles to improve the circulation of the muscles and lets go of the spasm.  You should use heat about 2 days after the injury has occurred.

You can use a regular heating pad or you can buy special heating pads over the internet.  These special heating pads have jade discs implanted into the pad that give off far infrared ray heat (FIR heat).  This is a special kind of heat source that plugs into the wall, heats up the jade stones, and allows for the heat to penetrate 2 to 3 inches into the deep muscles.

Far infrared ray heating devices are more expensive but if you constantly have back spasm to treat, it is usually work the expense.  Apply heat for 30 minutes at a time and then let the back cool down before applying heat again.

Ice and heat can be alternated.  Make sure that you use a cloth or towel between the heating pad and the skin so you don’t burn the skin in the process of treating your back spasm.


3. Mentholated Heating Rub

They make mentholated heating ointments that can be applied to areas of the back in spasm.  You can get these ointments over the counter and can apply it as much as you want to decrease the perception of pain and to relieve spasm of the back muscles.

4. Capsaicin cream

This is a cream that is derived from red hot chili peppers. It is applied several times a day to the back area so that you can get rid of the pain and spasm of the muscles. Capsaicin cream depletes substance P, which is a neurochemical that causes you to feel pain.  It doesn’t work immediately but can relieve the pain if you apply it several times a day for about 2-3 weeks.

5. Physical Therapy

If none of the home remedies appear to work, you can see a physical therapist that can massage the area and can recommend exercises that will loosen the back muscles so that the pain dissipates. You can also use a back massager or massage chair to loosen up the muscles.

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