Typically caused by bloating, constipation and/or gas, IBS back pain can often be alleviated through regular exercise and physical activities including, for example, Tai Chi and Yoga. All of these activities do, by the way, also reduce stress and thereby effectively reduce the chance of stress-related IBS symptoms being triggered in the first place.
Exercises to Relieve IBS Back Pain
Associated with an array of health benefits, regular exercise should be part of your weekly/daily routine (assuming you do not have any health issues preventing you from exercising; if in doubt, it is best to consult your GP before commencing a regular routine) whether you are affected by IBS or not.
If you are affected by IBS and suffer with IBS back pain, walking, swimming and (if you are up to it) running are among the best types of exercise you can do to relieve both upper and lower back pain, especially if it is caused by constipation. Yoga and Tai Chi routines can be particularly effective in relieving lower back pain.
Other Ways of Relieving IBS Back Pain
If other health issues prevent you from participating in regular physical activities/exercise routines, there are varying other ways to bring relief, including:
- Acupuncture: Used to ease/relax muscle spasms, acupuncture can help to ease IBS back pain
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: According to some studies, this kind of therapy can assist in changing negative habits and moods, which in turn can reduce stress and ease physical symptoms including IBS back pain
- Hypnotherapy, Meditation and Massage: These practices can all help to relax muscles and ease pain
- Relaxation Techniques: Deep and/or abdominal breathing, visualization exercises and progressive muscle relaxation can all help to reduce fatigue and stress, improve mood and, by relaxing muscles provide relief from IBS back pain.
Depending on your overall health and the nature and severity of your IBS symptoms, it may be advisable to consult your GP before attempting any of these activities/treatment options.