Take A Load Off: How To Relax Your Back, Feet, & Head In 10 Minutes Or Less

You’ve just come home from a long, exhausting day at work. Your back is sore, your feet are killing you, and your head is throbbing. Meanwhile, the kids are screaming, the dog needs to go out for a walk, and you agreed to make dinner tonight. Clearly, it’s time to relax and dedicate some time to meeting your own needs, but how do you take care of these daily aches and pains while dealing with everyday life at home? Here are a few ideas designed to help you out from head to toe.

According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world and, in general, back pain is one of the most common reasons given by employees missing work. In fact, half of the American work force admits to suffering from symptoms related to back pain; the other half likely suffers in silence.

Basically, you’re not the only one struggling with the agony of back pain. With a busy family life and social schedule outside of work, you may not have the time or money to book weekly visits to the spa or appointments with the chiropractor. However, that nagging back pain isn’t going to heal itself, so you should invest in a back massager. Sit back in comfort and feel your back pain melt away.

Relax, read a magazine, you can even pay your bills and take care of your other household duties while enjoying the benefits of this wonderful invention; it’s like having your own personal masseuse! Just make sure to take this time for yourself. You deserve it.

No matter what your job is, odds are you suffer from foot pain on an occasional basis, at the very least. Those odds increase if you have children at home keeping you on your feet long after you’ve clocked out of work. The most rewarding thing you can do for yourself once you’ve put the kids and pets to bed and you have a few minutes to yourself: a foot bath!

This is the ideal solution when you have limited time to pamper yourself. Fill a basin with warm water and add one to two tablespoons of Epsom salt per gallon of water for added soothing benefit, then soak those tender tootsies for five to ten minutes. Alternatively, if your feet are swollen, hot, or tired, you should use cool water rather than warm water and elevate your feet for at least half an hour following your soak.  Even better, soak your feet while sitting in your back massager. You’ll thank yourself later.

If you’re stressed out at work or at home, you have undoubtedly felt the fury of a tension headache, which is the most common type of headache, with an estimated 80 to 90 percent of the population feeling its effects at some point in their lives. While it’s easy to suggest taking a readily-available over-the-counter headache relief medication, there are other solutions you can try, including a variety of different breathing techniques such as deep breathing, rhythmic breathing, and visualized breathing.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a thoughtful partner, or someone else you trust enough to put their hands on you, a relaxing head massage — even for just a few minutes — can also be exactly what you need to soothe that savage beast. Bonus points if you can manage to use all of these suggestions at once; a head massage, a foot bath, and deep breathing while sitting in your back massager sounds like the perfect antidote to a rough day at work or at home.