How to Heal a Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back

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Heal a Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back
Heal a Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back (Image: pain ii image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)

If you suffer with lower back pain, this simple remedy may help you better control the pain. By trying this every night, you may not have to visit your doctor and may avoid further pain. If your back pain persists or begins to interfere with your daily activities--such as bathing, working, walking--consult your health care provider immediately. Back pain can be very difficult to diagnose and treat; not treating it promptly or correctly can lead to long-term damage of nerves and tissue.

Things You'll Need

  • Heating pad
  • Large black plastic trash bag
  • Hot wet towel

Assemble the supplies. Wet the bath towel with hot water and wring it out so it is not dripping.

Lay the heating pad in the middle of the bed where your back will be. Turn it on low. This will keep the towel warm throughout the night.

Lay the black trash bag over the heating pad. This protects the heating pad from moisture.

Lay the hot wet towel over the trash bag.

When you get in bed, make sure the wet towel is positioned well over your lower back. Turn the heating pad on low and go to sleep. If possible, sleep in this position most of the night with only slight adjustments in position.

Continue this process every night. Limit your daily activities until the pinched nerve has relaxed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can wrap the complete setup around your waist with a belt if you can't lay in one position all night.
  • No lifting.
  • No sitting for long periods.
  • If you are experiencing severe, debilitating pain in your lower back that is not relieved by treatment at home, consult your health care provider. Back pain is complex and you may need medical intervention. Ignoring or working through back pain can lead to lasting nerve and tissue damage.

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