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Best Way To Help Relieve Back Pain Quickly.

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Characters Nell Rose

It Soon Creeps Up On You!

Where my body is concerned I have always been quite fit. But recently back pain has slowed me down, and left me with a sickening ache all down the back of my neck, through my lower back and legs.

Obviously I have suffered the same flu and colds as everyone else and had various illnesses over the years but my general body health has been pretty good.

When I was 33 I had a major kidney operation, and have always suffered from Asthma and Bronchitis, especially as a child.

But bone stiffness or lack of stamina seemed to have passed me by until now.

Recently I have noticed that at the grand old age of 54 I don't seem to be bouncing back quite as quickly!

I do exercises every day, but if I sit at the computer for too long, or walk to far I suffer badly the next day. As I mentioned, my back gets stiff and it can travel up to my neck too.

So, what's the best thing to relieve back pain?

Video by rmorfen.

To Exercise or Not?

Obviously most of the time exercise is the answer. But you have to pace yourself. What do you regard as exercise?

Because I don't drive, I don't see walking as an exercise. Its more of a necessity. But of course walking miles every day can take a toll on your bones and back. Add on top of that the fact that you are carrying shopping bags and then the weight adds up.

Sometimes its best to leave out your normal exercise routine, stay indoors and just rest. I know its hard when you have so many things to do, but sometimes we need to just put our feet up and take it easy.

Be careful how you sit. Try to either place your back straight against the chair, or even elevate your legs higher by placing them on a footstool. Anything to take the strain away from the back muscles.

Back Pain caused by bad posture.

Randy Bauer Video.

Writing's a Pain!

A lot of us use the computer for work or writing for the internet like me. And of course this means hours sitting at the computer.

I know its been said before, but you must do two things to make sure you stay healthy.

1. Get up and walk around at least once an hour for about ten minutes. Stretch or exercise on the spot.

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2. Make sure you get a chair that supports your back. I think that's where my bad back has come from. I tend to lean forward when keying in the work, and its pulled on the muscles in my back.

I have also started placing cushions on and around my back to support it, and put a box under my feet to raise them slightly. This way the weight is not so heavy on my legs too.

Exercise. Which ones Best?

There are many exercises that you can do for your back. Yoga is probably the best because it is gentle and can help with flexibility. Pilates is good too but only when you feel that you have loosened up your muscles and are ready to take the next step. But its said that you should only do this with the help of a professional as you have to learn the right moves properly.

Swimming is really good. As its gentle and water helps to keep you buoyant. But even taking a gentle walk can help strengthen the back muscles and also the legs.

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise and promotes physical and mental well being.

Whichever exercise you start to do always make sure you have a proper tutor to insure that you do it properly. The wrong moves can do more damage than good.

Yoga for back pain

Ginger a great anti-inflammatory!


Home Remedies For Back Pain

  • Rest is the best to start with before you try any other remedy. You need to allow your back time to heal.
  • Cold Compress such as a washcloth and ice.
  • Heat. You can buy over the counter heat pads, or a good old fashioned hot water bottle is just as affective.
  • Herbal teas such as Ginger acts as an inflammatory but aspirin is also good. But always be careful not to take too much as it's a blood thinner. Always check out other medications that you use to make sure it is compatible.

The Backlife Machine.


The Backlife Machine.

The latest in back pain technology is called the Backlife Machine. Its the only device that has been clinically proved to help back pain.

So How Does It Work?

If you have ever been to a Chiropractor or Osteopath you know that the one thing they do is place their arms under your legs as you lay on your back and slowly rotate your pelvis.

This is known as (CPM) or Continuous Passive Movements.

When you have lower back pain as I do, you realise that the more you try to relax as you walk, the more the muscles tense up.

The machine emulates the way Doctors control the movements and the machine is now used in hospitals and clinics all over the world. Its said that 12 minutes a day can really make a great improvement.

So, if you have tried exercises and they don't seem to work for you, then this is definitely the way to go. The Backlife Machine has helped gymnasts and other sports men and women to get back to their every day life, and even helped with their sports performances.

Backlife Machine for Back Pain

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It Just Takes Time.

Just remember that back pain can last for weeks or even months. And if it isn't treated properly can cause serious problems down the line.

I am doing the exercises at the moment, and we will see how well it works. If not, I am definitely getting myself one of the Backlife Machines.

Always see your Doctor to check exactly what the problem is before starting an exercise program.


© 2014 Nell Rose


soups91 on August 25, 2017:

Great article

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 12, 2014:

Thanks so much for reading Shelley, glad you found it helpful, nell

Shelley Watson on May 12, 2014:

Nell Rose, Thank you for this - I have both neck pain and lower back pain. The video exercises were great - so I'll be back to follow them again when I have an ache. Up, interesting and useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 28, 2014:

Thanks so much Eddy, sorry to hear about your back, hope you are feeling a lot better these days, I know how painful it can be, have a wonderful evening, nell

Eiddwen from Wales on January 28, 2014:

What a great read Nell; having had two back ops I certainly know all about back pain and this is a very useful hub.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

Voting up and wishing you a great day.


Nell Rose (author) from England on January 24, 2014:

Thanks Deborah, yes I have found that the exercises have really helped my back too, and thank goodness it feels much better, I have done the ones that show in the video, only without the machine, I am sure that's what helped, thanks so much for reading, nell

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 24, 2014:

Helpful hub. I have a slight spinal curvature that used to cause me some back pain from time to time. I found that a really good way to prevent pain in the first place is with exercises that strengthen your core. Yoga is very effective, too.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 19, 2014:

Hi Graham, that's wonderful! I definitely need to get one now, I am saving madly, and if its that good it will be well worth the money, so thank you!

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on January 19, 2014:

Hi Nell. A tip top hub as usual. The Backlife Machine is first class! My wife Pauline has had back pain for years. I bought her a machine as a surprises, it is a revelation. She uses it 3 times a week for 15 minutes. She walks much straighter / taller than she did and is ever so pleased with it. Yes it really does work. I have had to stop her lending it out to friends to let them try it out, otherwise it will be worn out:-)

Best wishes.


Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2014:

Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, and I do hope you found it helpful, thanks, nell

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 18, 2014:

Never heard of the Back2Life machine, thank you for sharing. Great post informative and useful.Your hub will definitely help to ease my back pain.Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2014:

lol! thanks Suzette! yes the darn joys of getting older! I just ache all over at the moment, my back puts the rest of my body off! thanks as always, nell

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on January 16, 2014:

Interesting and informative hub, Nell. Whenever I get a back twinge I immediately do some stretching exercises and knock on wood, they take care of the twinge. I am, so far, fortunate not to suffer from back problems but I have enjoyed reading your suggestions in case I ever have problems. At the computer I do support my back with a pillow on the chair and I do elevate my feet also. If I don't, by ankles will swell. LOL Oh the joys of getting older!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 11, 2014:

Thanks so much teaches, glad it helped. My back is getting better now, I have changed my diet too, that's another hub coming! lol!

Dianna Mendez on January 11, 2014:

The machine sounds wonderful and I may have to look into getting one for my hubby. Your tips and advice are excellent and I love your suggestion to drink tea as well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 11, 2014:

Thanks mary, yours was a great explanation, and fitted here perfectly!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 10, 2014:

Thanks. I will now link my Hub to yours.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 10, 2014:

Thanks Deb, yes its a little bit better now, doing the exercises above, and it does seem to work! I don't have the machine, but get my partner to do the legs for me! lol! thanks as always, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 10, 2014:

Good material for one and all. A little exercise for the back never hurts, just as long as we don't go overboard. And be careful with that heavy lifting! Hope you feel better soon, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 09, 2014:

Hi Tobusiness, sorry to hear that you suffered, its horrible isn't it? Your a nurse aren't you? sorry brain like a sieve! lol! yes my friend works in a care home and she suffers so badly with it, thanks so much for reading, and I will try out the yoga, nell

Tobusiness on January 09, 2014:

Nell, an excellent informative hub. I was off work for four weeks last summer with this problem.

My back muscles would contract and go into spasms, anti-inflammatory drugs helped, but I also needed PPIs, I found yoga exercises very beneficial. In my case, the back pain was partly due to years of bad posture, it doesn't help being tall, also an occupational hazard in my line of work. I know many of my younger colleagues are also suffering from back pain so I'll be sharing this. The back lift machine looks interesting.p

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 09, 2014:

Hi Mary, yes that would be great thanks! I will come over and get the link!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 09, 2014:

I am a believer in that Back to Life machine. I wrote a Hub about that. My daughter swears by it. I have had four backaches in my life; when I was in labor!

Want to link with my Hub??

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2014:

Thanks a good idea denise, I am going to go back swimming, it did use to help me, I do need to see a chiropractor too, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2014:

Hi cclitgirl! long time no see! lol! sorry to hear your hubby hurt his back, its such a pain, 'scuse the pun, it drives you insane! I do hope this works for him too, nell

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 08, 2014:

As a writer, I, too, have issues with my back due to extensive sitting. If I don't exercise regularly, it is much worse. I do stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as seeing a chiropractor on a monthly basis. I have recently taken up swimming, and that has helped immensely.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 08, 2014:

Had to come by because my husby pulled his back and well, this just looked awesome! Thanks for the tips and advice: my guy is exercising and trying to relax, too.

Great to see you! I hope you are well. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2014:

Thanks Pamela, yes I do believe a lot of it is sitting at this darn computer too! when we go out to work we do other things like walk around the office, do the post and so on, but here we just sit and forget to get up! lol! sorry to hear about your sciatica, its so painful.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 08, 2014:

Sitting at the computer too long really causes the pain for me and I just got over sciatica also. I am doing some ostretches that help. Your suggestions are excellent and you covered this topic very thoroughly. Voted up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi Genna, yes that darn sciatica! that started it off a few weeks ago! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi LF, sorry to hear you get bad back pains, thanks for reading, and take care!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi cam, glad to have been helpful, its just those little things that can cause the trouble, I do hope your back gets better soon, and thanks!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 07, 2014:

Nell, when I saw your article, I had to read it. After work today, my back has been very sore. It comes from sitting and working very hard, physically over several hours. Your reminder to get up and walk around every hour for a few minutes caught my attention. I'll be using that more often in the future. Thanks for the very helpful hub.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 07, 2014:

Thank you Nell interesting hub , i suffer awful back pains.............. ;(

~~~Happy New Year all the best~~~

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 07, 2014:

Excellent hub, Nell. And you bring up a very important point about where or not to exercise. I suffer from back pain occasionally, along with some nasty sciatica. (Age knows no bounds with these problems.) Sometimes it’s just a matter of listening to our bodies. You have addressed this malady very well, and have offered some wonderful tips and advice. Voted up and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi Cynthia, that's a good idea! even pulling a trolley can twist my back so I will give it a go, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi DDE yes its really stopping me from doing a lot, and usually I don't sit down unless I am writing! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 07, 2014:

Hi anne, yes its a real pain in the butt isn't it? I am not used to it either so to keep walking like I need a zimmer really is driving me insane! lol! hope yours is better, and thanks great to see you, nell

Anne from United Kingdom on January 07, 2014:

Hi Nell and happy new year to you and yours.

I had lower back pain a few weeks ago and it drove me mad too as I´m not used to it or having to be careful about my movements and this pain really limited me. I just took an ibuprofen but if it comes back again I will try the stretches you recommend. Hope your back gets better soon :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 07, 2014:

Back pain can be annoying and keep one from the normal daily activities you have mentioned such helpful ways and the videos are so helpful too.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on January 07, 2014:

Great hub Nell. Sorry to hear you've been suffering from back pain. If you walk and carry heavy shopping have you considered using a backpack rather than a bag? This distributes the weight more evenly and is much better for your back

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks so much Flourish, the back pain is well a pain! it gets stiff and you tend to walk funny! lol! I will get there, thanks for reading, nell

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 06, 2014:

Knock on wood, I thankfully haven't suffered from back pain, but I know those who do and I sure don't want any part of it. I wish you continued remission from your ailments. It sounds like that machine is helping.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Hi Faith, that's a great idea to go to a chiropractor, maybe I will make an appointment too, thanks for the great idea!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks for reading Alicia, yes it seems to have gone off slightly, just have to keep up with the exercises, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Hi Linda, yes that machine sounds very handy! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks Bravewarrior, I will come over to read, thanks it will be really helpful, nell

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 06, 2014:

I do have lower back pain from sitting all day at the computer at work and then here at HP : ) ... I know I need to do those stretching exercises for sure to strengthen those back muscles. I do go to the chiropractor about every six weeks for a tune up lol!

Great hub full of useful info. Back pain is the worst for sure!

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 06, 2014:

Back pain is very unpleasant. Good luck with relieving your pain, Nell. I hope it goes away very soon. Thanks for sharing the ideas for helping a sore back.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 06, 2014:

I have minor aches and pains in my back, but luckily nothing severe. The Backlife Machine sounds like it could help those who are hurting.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 06, 2014:

Nell, I wrote a product review about the topper here on HP. It's a Serta product. Check it out when you have a chance.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks bravewarrior, that sounds like a great idea! I will look into it, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks Martie, yes its a right pain at the moment! lol! mind you I have a new writing chair and its lovely! so hopefully it will start to help my back, thanks!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 06, 2014:

Nell, I had back pain for years. I bought a 3" gel mattress topper and no longer have the pain. I will keep these exercises in mind if it shows up again, but so far so good!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 06, 2014:

Pain! Wherever, is heavy baggage slowing one down and sometimes to a standstill. You have all my empathy, Nell. Hope the exercises bring relieve :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

lol! Ruby! yes who was that nut? they do say that fifty is the old age of youth, and the youth of old age! don't know about that, it seems to me that the second you hit fifty your body starts to yell at you! I will try the exercises as I do a lot of stretchy ones already, yes that Backlife machine would be great wouldn't it? thanks as always, nell

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 06, 2014:

I think i've told you that i have a herniated disc, L5 and it is painful at times. I am big on stretching. I bring one knee to my nose then the other, then both. You must do some serious stretching before you do this. I would like to have the Backlife machine. I am sorry to hear about your back, and you are so right-on about sitting at the computer too much, i am guilty too. BTW who was the nut who coined the phrase, " Life begins at fifty? " Hee. Take care...

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Hi MsDora, glad you found it helpful and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

HI chitran, thanks for the advice, yes I will only do the exercises when the pain goes off, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks beth, I will order another one, my stupid mattress has more rocks in it than the grand canyon! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Thanks MG, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 06, 2014:

Hi Wiccan, sorry to hear that, it must be so painful at times, thanks for the advice, I will get up and walk around if I am on here for a while, its just a pain literally! lol!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

Nell, this is very useful and practical. I also have to watch out for the right chair. Thank you, an voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 06, 2014:

Very informative hub to help someone, who has back pain!

You have mentioned some very helpful and practical tips. I had suffered with back pain few years ago. And my doctor had advised some physiotherapy, namely Diathermy and Traction to lessen the pain. After the pain was gone, then only, I was advised to do specific exercises suggested by the physiotherapist, which is now a regular routine now. As we age, we must do specific exercises for mobility of bone joints, howsoever healthy and fit we may be.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

Beth Perry from Tennesee on January 06, 2014:

Nell, yes, yes, try a new mattress. We had the same lumpy, dilapidated mattress since we were first married and it was pure hell on my spine. This last year we broke down and purchased a brand new mattress -and springs!- and I have not had one incidence of back problems since. I can't swear this is the cure for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try. Good luck hon! (and yes, keep up those stretches!)

MG Singh from UAE on January 05, 2014:

Nice informative hub. Should be a help to many

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 05, 2014:

Ugh, back pain is the bane of my existence. I've always struggled with it, as I got older I found out I have scoliosis and my spine is rotated a little which explained a lot of my difficulty in the past. But ever since I got rear-ended hard a few years ago in a traffic accident, my back has been all jacked up due to cracked discs in the lower back. It took months of physical therapy to get me moving again. These are some great tips. Really for me the key is to not be inactive for too long-- stretching every day, getting up every couple of hours, etc. The back machine looks really interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2014:

Thanks beth, yes I had a bad back years ago, and it went away, but now it really is painful again. I will try the stretches out tonight before I go to bed. I do think it could be my darn mattress! lol!

Beth Perry from Tennesee on January 05, 2014:

Nell, great article! I have suffered from occasional back pain for years and found the two things that help most of all are: 1.stretches, night and morning and 2. sleeping on a good FIRM mattress.

Voted up on your useful info, and I hope you feel better very soon!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2014:

Hi Shyron its still playing me up, and driving me mad! lol! that's a good idea about the weights, I will try it when it feels a little better, thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2014:

Thanks Jackie, yes my back is being a real pain, 'scuse the pun! No, not sure which film that was? thanks as always, nell

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 05, 2014:

Nell, I hope that you back pain is gone. This is an interesting hub, my husband has lots of back pain, but I am not surprised at any pain he has after all that he has been through. I wrote about his accident in count down to a miracle.

I believe in weightlifting, to build up and strengthen the muscles in the back. I use free weights, and exercise according to Dr. Joyce Vederal's 12 minutes a day work out. I love this book.

Voted up and shared.

Happy New Year my friend.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 05, 2014:

Great info there Nell. I have never had any real back pain, guess I am lucky but been having some therapy with neck pain and one of the exercises with those stretchy bands sure works my back, bet it would be a good one for those bothered so thought well I will just use it for prevention! lol

I watched a film a couple days ago about a woman named Dale over there, know her and what I mean?

You look great!


Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2014:

Hi, b. Malin, great to see you! where the heck have you been? lol! that photo was of me last year, when my back was okay! Haha! I hope you have a great and wonderful New Year! and stay here next time! LOL!

b. Malin on January 05, 2014:

Hi...I'm BACK! Pardon the Pun...I Missed coming to read your Hubs Nell. This is such a Timely Hub, for whether it's our back or our shoulders or WHATEVER...It's a Pain most of us hate to live with. Thanks for all the Wonderful tips and Videos, very, very Helpful! By the way I love the picture of you...Looking GOOD, in spite of the pain, you wear it well!

A very Happy, & Healthy 2014 to you and your Family!

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