spinal nervous system

Using Ice to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Cheyne Thompson Joint Injury, Lifestyle Health, Sports Injury

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Once you have seen your chiropractor or health professional for an assessment of the cause of your spinal pain, you may be directed to use ice or cold packs to reduce the pain whilst your body goes about healing. Cold packs can be used to alleviate low back pain symptoms by:

Numbing the sore area

Calming the nerve impulses that transmit the pain signals

Reducing swelling and inflammation


Cold packs can usually be purchased at your chiropractor’s office or at the local pharmacy. If you don’t have access to these, there are some simple ways of creating a cold pack from your freezer. You could use an unopened packet of peas (wrapped in a small towel) or put some ice cubes in a zip-lock bag and wrap in a small towel. The towel prevents ice burns on your skin. You could apply the cold pack for 5 minutes between 2 and five times a day.

Cheyne Thompson

Author: Cheyne Thompson

Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.