Back pain is the most common reason people miss work, and in one survey, more than 25 percent of adults had suffered low back pain within the past 3 months. The good news is that most back pain only lasts a short period, ranging from just a few days to maybe a couple of weeks, and it usually clears up on its own. But when your back hurts, you want to hurry up the healing process as much as you can. While over-the-counter pain relievers can help, here are four drug-free alternatives you might consider:
1. Apply hot or cold packs
The application of hot and/or cold has shown promise for reducing inflammation and enhancing mobility. Cold tends to reduce pain and muscle spasms, while heat increases blood flow and elasticity of tissues.