If you’ve ever suffered from the debilitating symptoms of lower back pain, then you may have been driven to do some really weird and wonderful things to try to get lower back pain relief.

Just a quick recap – lower back pain usually manifests itself as an ache, tense muscles or stiffness so bad it feels like you are creaking. The pain usually centers itself roughly between the bottom of the ribs, and the bottom of the spine. If that weren’t enough thanks very much, it can also radiate in one or both hips, buttocks and down the legs. Gives new meaning to the term a “pain in the butt!” Lower back pain relief in this instance is something many actively seek long and hard before they are able to get some respite.

At this point it doesn’t much matter how this happened, it just matters that you find lower back pain relief to deal with the numb bum and/or pins and needles. Pain is pain and first and foremost is finding something to make you more mobile.

Lower back pain relief can be obtained in several ways. Get yourself a pen and a piece of paper and you can draw out these few methods of getting some lower back pain relief.

Usually, and there are exceptions to this rule, you can get some lower back pain relief by lying on the floor with pillows under your knees. Your hips and knees are bent and your feet are up on a chair. Or, you can have just your hips and knees bent. This particular position takes the weight off your back.

While you might like this position because it does feel so good, you have to be careful to NOT to use it any longer than 2 days. Doing this any longer causes your muscles to weaken which you do NOT want to happen. Weak muscles just make the cause of your back pain even worse. So, even if you are getting lower back pain relief flat out on the floor, get up and walk around for a few minutes.

Lower back pain relief can be a turn of a dial away with your heating pad. It helps relax painful spasms. Use heat for about 20 minutes. You might also want to try ice packs and massage. You can also check out using a combination ice and heat – but this depends on the nature of your injury. Always consult with a massage therapist or physiotherapist before treating a back injury on your own. If you put the wrong “treatment” on your back it will delay your recovery.

You can also get lower back pain relief from non-prescription pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), naproxen (Aleve), ketoprofen (Orudis), and ibuprofen (Motrin). These will all, to varying degrees, help with the pain and swelling.

If by chance your back pain continues longer than it really should, you need to start searching for the cause. This might mean losing weight (being heavy makes back pain worse), and getting your muscles in better shape (through either physiotherapy or regular exercise). You will also need to take a good look at improving your posture when sitting, standing and sleeping.