Six Tips to Relieve Back Pain Naturally
Whether your upper, lower, or mid back pain is temporary due to straining a muscle or permanent due to an injury or illness, this is one of the most intense forms of discomfort you may ever experience. If you don’t have a serious condition that requires surgery, your doctor is not likely to do much beyond prescribing medication. You may not even want to take medication due to the addictive nature of many prescription drugs. Luckily, there are many things you can do to improve your condition in addition to following any doctor’s orders provided.
Soak Up the Heat
Spend time in a hot tub or fill the bathtub with hot water. Soak for up to a half hour at a time to soothe and relax the muscles. If you find that heat helps during particularly painful times, you may also relax with a heating pad on your back.
Sleep on a Firm Surface
If your bed is too soft or allows your body to sink into the mattress too much, it may make your condition worse. A sleeping surface that isn’t compatible with your body’s needs may even serve as the cause of your ailment. The solution is to purchase a firmer mattress or cover your mattress with a firm topper. You can also add a sheet of plywood between your mattress and box spring to add some firmness on a tight budget.
Rub On the Heat with Capsaicin Cream
Capsaicin gives chili peppers their heat, and that heat works as a natural treatment. You can pick up creams containing Capsaicin in most local stores, making this one of the most affordable natural treatments available. You can even use topical treatments in addition to prescription or over-the-counter medication. Make sure to ask your medical provider first if you are concerned about using a topical cream.
Manage Your Weight
If you are overweight or obese, you are putting unnecessary stress on your back muscle. These muscles are at the core of your body and serve as a support system for all other muscles in your body. If you maintain a healthy weight, you keep the amount of stress on the body to a minimum.
You may not have a routine to take care of your body, but switching to a healthier diet and getting as much exercise as possible can reduce your weight for healthier, stronger back in the future.
Stretch and Train Your Core Muscles
Stretch and strengthen not only your back muscles but all surrounding ones to create a stronger core for full-body support. Your abdominal muscles will add support to your back and vice versa. Start with basic stretches, and don’t push deep enough to intensify your pain. If you stretch daily, you should notice your comfort zone extending naturally as your body loosens up. Add light strength training moves to increase muscle strength for even greater results.
Poke the Pain Away with Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated thousands of years ago as a treatment commonly used in ancient Chinese medicine. It has become more and more popular in the Western world over the years and is now commonly used along with various Western medications and alternative treatments.
The theory is that pain/discomfort is caused by blocked energy pathways which are opened up and cleared when small needles are inserted into the affected pathways. Whether you believe that or not doesn’t matter. What does matter is that ancient Chinese medical practice provides fast, natural relief when treatments are received at least two or three times per week.
There have been many scientific studies proving that acupuncture can make a difference for those suffering from back discomfort, especially of the lower back. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society joined forces to create clinical guidelines for medical practitioners diagnosing and treating back problems in patients. These guidelines suggest doctors recommend this alternative method and other natural remedies to patients who do not experience reduced discomfort after other treatment protocols are utilized. Many medical professionals recommend acupuncture right from the start, making it a vital part of the overall treatment strategy.
To effectively manage the discomfort, develop a comprehensive pain management strategy that incorporates recommendations form your doctor, acupuncture and other natural remedies detailed here. With that strategy in place, move around and enjoy your life as much as possible. Lying in bed forces you to focus on your condition and may weaken your muscles, worsening your condition. You don’t want to overdo it, but you also don’t want to trade a fulfilling life in for a life on the couch because of your condition.