A lot of people suffer from lumbar pain. Some people get up from a bad night’s rest with pain, or for having slept in a bad position, or because they didn’t move at night. Other people, however, end the day with significant overload on the lumbar area.
In this article we are going to provide you with a few simple and effective keys for reducing and alleviating lumbar pain.
Why do I have lumbar pain?
The lumbar area is an important part of the body that frequently causes pain or discomfort for some people. Standing or sitting for several hours is a determining factor, but it is also influenced by diet, emotions, lack of exercise, or inappropriate exercise, digestive and intestinal disorders, etc.
The kidneys are also directly connected to the lumbar area; they are located between the low back and middle back. That’s why it’s a good idea to take care of the kidneys as well.
Remedies for alleviating lumbar pain
1. Stream of hot water
The lumbar spine is generally one part of the body that appreciates heat. It does not react well to cold, moisture and being sedentary.
This remedy is based on hydrotherapy, which means it uses the therapeutic benefits of different temperatures of water, in this case, hot water.
How is it done?
- Spray a stream of warm water, moving from one side to the other, gradually increasing the temperature until it is hot.
- Do this for 3 to 4 minutes, preferably while sitting.
- It’s best if someone else does this for you, so you can be sitting comfortably on a plastic bench, for example.
- This remedy should not be used if you have sciatica or hernias.
2. Alternating temperatures
This remedy also uses water, but different temperatures. Using cold and hot water alternatively helps improve circulation and calm inflammation and pain.
This therapy is also best done by someone else. You’ll need to have hot water and cool (not too cold) water on hand, along with two towels or medium-sized cloths.
How is it done?
- Soak the towel in the hot water, wring it out and apply to the lumbar zone. The individual should be face down.
- Let it set for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Then do the same with the cool water.
- Do this at least five times with each temperature, then finish with the warm water.
- Then dry the lumbar area well and keep it covered.
3. Sesame and arnica massage
This is a good massage that will always help calm back pain. The lumbar area is also one of the few areas that you can actually reach with your own hands, although it’s always more practical to have someone else do it.
For this massage, use sesame oil, which also helps increase heat in the area. Mix it with arnica (as an oil, cream or gel) which has a high anti-inflammatory strength.
How to do it
- Start first by gently massaging to bring heat to the area and to prepare it. Do not use too much pressure.
- Then focus your pressure on both sides of the spine, using vertical movements.
- Take a big pinch around the waist to release tension on the side. Grab what you can with your hands and slowly pull on it to separate tissues and to make them flexible.
4. Cabbage poultice
This remedy is also something that can be done at home, and all you need for it is a few leaves of raw green cabbage. Cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties that can be applied to any area you want to calm (on the abdomen for menstrual cramps, on the knees for knee pain, etc.)
How to do it
- Grab 4 to 6 cabbage leaves. The greener the better.
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Soak the leaves for just a few seconds, no longer than 10.
- Then place them on a cutting board and slightly crush them so they release their juices.
- Apply to the lumbar area while still hot. Then cover them first with a cloth or rag, and then with a dry towel.
- Allow to set for 15 minutes.
- Do this two or three times a day.