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    17 Things That May Soothe Sore Muscles And Prevent Back Pain

    Back aches? I don't know her.

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    We asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community their solutions to aching back pain, and here are some of their ~relieving~ results.

    Caveat: This is not medical advice! If you have existing back pain or problems, consult your doctor for advice as some of these products may not be recommended if you have an existing problem.

    1. Some people swear by electrotherapy devices, which are placed on the skin and deliver a low voltage electrical current. They haven’t been proven to help back pain, but might be worth trying if your doctor recommends one.

    "A tens [transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation] electrotherapy unit has been a back saver for me! The tiny electric shocks really help with deep muscle pain. The muscles will practically massage and loosen themselves out." —shaneleam

    This one has three electrical programs for your arms to send tiny shocks to your lower back, and legs, and adhesive pads that can be placed onto your skin up to 150 times! Yes, 150, I didn't stutter.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    2. And a cuddly heated blanket that'll send take electrotherapy device to the next level. It will feel like a spa day for your back!

    "I use a tens unit with a heating blanket on top! Works WONDERS." —emmaf

    This Sunbeam blanket has three warmth settings and a three hour shut off so your house won't burn down to the ground like that episode of This is Us.

    Get it from Amazon for $43.42 (available in 12 colors).

    3. A pack of IcyHot patches with cooling menthol to soothe your back when you still have shit to do and are constantly on the run.

    "You can buy a six-pack for nine bucks and they’re amazing. You just peel and stick one onto your back and it helps calm the pain and even sciatica. Also it’s completely mess free. As someone with two bulging discs and horrific sciatica I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" —debras

    Get a box of five large patches from Amazon for $11.49.

    4. A membership to yoga lessons so you can stretch those sore muscles and finally get those kinks out while you're in downward facing dog.

    "Yoga! Especially yoga that targets back pain!"—jadiem

    Don't know how to get all stretchy? Try Yoga Collective, which includes an unlimited membership to cardio yoga, strength yoga, or other cool classes based on your level, style, time, and themes! Get a one-year online membership from Groupon for $11.99.

    5. Lavender epsom salt and castor oil to create a relaxing bath so you can soak and ease your tight muscles.,

    "I was diagnosed with severe spine problems at 17 years old, so pain management is everything to me. I wake up in agonizing pain almost every day but my number one pain reliever is epsom lavender bath soak and castor oil mixed with the use of a heating pad." —cassmeeks4

    Get the epsom salt for $17.99 and the castor oil for $14.95 on Amazon.

    6. A handy knee pillow that'll help align your spine and increase circulation!

    "I use a pillow between my knees for sciatica, along with stretches I learned from doing physical therapy." —kimberleyb

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    7. A bottle of magnesium oil to keep your already-aching back from cramping. It'll sink into your skin to ease sore muscles. Other people use magnesium oil for back pain, although it hasn’t been proven to really help. But it’s worth trying if your doctor okays it.

    "It depends on the type of pain. I use magnesium oil daily to help with muscle cramping." —kimberleyb

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    8. A foam roller so you can start self-massaging your back. It has dual pressure zones to finally get the kink in your back that's been there for decades.

    "As a gymnast, my back is always dying. I have yet to find one thing that works like magic, but back rollers and muscle rollers are helpful." —shannonr

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. A car seat heater so your lower back can still be loose and limber while you're commuting to work and attempting not to break into a fit of road rage.

    "I turn the seat warmers on in the car. Melts the pain away!" —hollyskittlesb

    This one heats up to 115 degrees, has three heat control settings, and only takes three to five minutes to heat up. Just plug it into your cigarette lighter and go!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. Some people swear by moisture-wicking sports tape that'll reduce tissue pressure and provide support without ever reducing your mobility!,

    "I use two strips, one on each side of my spine for my upper back pain. I don’t know how or why it works but the hard knot of my muscles is much less painful when I use it." —leahr

    Get a 20-pack of pre-cut strips from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 13 colors).

    11. A tube of Biofreeze to massage on and penetrate sore muscles and joints, quickly numbing your pain until you can go home and give yourself some TLC.

    "It’s badass. I work in a restaurant and am constantly on my feet changing kegs and carrying lots of stuff. I put it on in the morning and my back stays numb most of the day." —maddies

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    12. A pack of Salonpas Patches for a cooling sensation that'll help you be productive during the day without pain!


    Get a pack of 140 patches from Amazon for $5.89.

    13. A combination of Advil and a heating pad that'll target areas that are certainly hard to reach but need to be handled ASAP.,


    This heating pad has six temperature settings, a moist heat option, microplush fibers, and a two-hour automatic shut off!

    Get them from Amazon: the heating pad for $34.99 and Advil for 14.43.

    14. A yoga swing so you can build flexibility and core strength, which will assist in your fight against those aches.

    "A yoga hammock all the way! I'm 30 and have had six back surgeries, including getting a spinal stimulator that is supposed to ease pain, and the only thing that gives me that instant pain relief is a yoga hammock. Exercising with it regularly really help prevents some problems as well." —kumo

    This swing can release pressure on your neck, back and spine by repurposing your weight. It includes one yoga seat that holds up to 440 pounds, two yoga swing arms, six foam handles, four barabiners, eight retractable buckles and a storage pad to use it on the go!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    15. A sturdy tennis ball to roll between your back and a wall (any wall) for a DIY massage!

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    "Strengthening your back definitely does help. Also, putting a tennis ball in between where your back hurts and a sturdy wall, rolling it around is the greatest thing ever. Works better and is cheaper than a foam roller In my opinion." —lilers

    Check out the video for tutorials on how to self-massage other parts of your body!

    Get a 12-pack of tennis balls from Amazon for $12.79.

    16. A massage cane to rub your trigger points out, so you can stimulate blood flow for added muscle relief.

    "A thera cane massager has been super helpful for working out knots in my back I can't reach otherwise. It's especially great for folks with a 'coat hanger' pain in their neck, shoulders, and upper back." —a

    This one has 11 therapy knobs to self-massage every pressure point in your body.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in six colors).

    17. A tin of strong-ass Tiger Balm you can massage into your lower back. It'll trigger penetrating heat your back muscles will honestly thank you for.


    It has camphor and menthol for a unique heating experience to soothe sore muscles!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.84.

    Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    I hope you're as pliant as Carlton in the near future!


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