Using Moist Heat Therapy to Ease Chronic Back Pain
Back pain affects the majority of Americans at one time or another, in fact roughly 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Pain in the back can range from a dull ache to sudden, incapacitating sharp pain. Chronic back pain refers to low back pain that has persisted for more than 12 weeks. Lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and was found in a recent study to be the third most burdensome disease affecting Americans today. In this post we’re going to talk about how the millions of Americans suffering from low back issues can use moist heat therapy to relieve their aches and pain.
What Causes Low Back Pain
The low back, also known as the lumbar region, is composed of 5 vertebrae that support the majority of the upper body weight. The majority of low back pain is mechanical, meaning it is caused by the degeneration or a lack of movement in these critical low back components. Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and it occurs when the rubbery discs between our vertebrae lose integrity as a normal process of aging. Sprains and strains, Herniated or ruptured discs, and traumatic injury are all other common causes of low back pain. Your age, fitness level, body weight, and occupational hazards are all common risk factors for low back pain as well.
Diagnosing Chronic Low Back Pain
If you have been experiencing persistent low back pain, you should seek professional medical advice to find the underlying cause. Your medical practitioner will ask you about the onset of the pain, the severity of the symptoms, any limitations to mobility, and about any past medical conditions that could be contributing to your discomfort. Your doctor may want to obtain x-rays or an MRI to diagnose your low back pain.
Treat Back Pain with Moist Heat Therapy
Even once the underlying cause of your back pain has been determined, it’s possible that you will still continue to suffer from painful daily symptoms. You can use moist heat therapy products to naturally treat your low back pain, as an alternative to addictive pain medications, and clumsy electric heating pads. Moist heat therapy products are designed to absorb moisture from the air and release a steamy, deep penetrating heat after just 1-2 minutes in the microwave. This moist heat helps relieve pain and inflammation at the site of treatment. Try applying moist heat before working out to help the muscles relax and to reduce back pain after strenuous activity.
The MediBeads Moist Heat Therapy Wrap delivers a consistent and medically effective dose of moist heat, which helps relieve pain and swelling in your low back. This unique 7x14” hot pad features soft, flexible straps so you can secure the wrap around your low back while walking, sitting, or lying down, making it ideal for treating low back pain in the comfort of your home or office. Unlike a conventional electric heating pad, our Moist Heat Therapy Wrap doesn’t have wires that get tangled and doesn’t require you to stay near an electrical outlet. For a larger treatment area try the MediBeads Moist Heat Therapy King Sized Pad.