5 ways to naturally relieve back pain
Back pain is a global problem with estimates showing that every year over 12 million people will seek advice from their doctor or a health professional about their back pain. There are many options for treating back pain, some of which don’t involve taking potentially harmful medication. Here are 5 different, and natural, ways to get relief from the pain.
Aside from strengthening the core muscles that support your back, exercise aids by stretching the tight muscles, ligaments and tendons that are around the spine. This then supports the healing process and, over time, provides relief from pain. Exercise is also a great way of releasing endorphins which are the body’s natural way of relieving pain. Easy methods of exercise you can try include walking, yoga, water therapy and bike riding.
Interrupting the pain signals being sent to your brain by using heat helps by relaxing the soft tissue of the back and increasing blood flow to the affected area. A wheat pack, electric heating pad, hot water bottle or even a warm bath are all suitable.
Hands-on, soft tissue manipulation by a qualified massage therapist has been scientifically proven to be beneficial in reducing the perception of pain. Massage has direct benefits for muscles, relaxing the soft tissues and increasing blood flow to the area. Massage also stimulates the production of endorphins, which allows your body to relax and repair.
Warm water is an age-old therapeutic technique that is suitable for all budgets and many types of back pain. Immersion in warm water can be a great way for people with back pain to get some exercise – it provides mild resistance and supports some of your body’s weight making it easier to excercise.
Many essential oils, such as Australian Kunzea, have been used to treat pain for centuries. Oils can be used in massage, heat packs, baths and within topical products.
If you suffer from back pain, talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional about some of the natural treatment options available to you before settling for medication. Natural options can achieve some level of relief for most people, especially when more than one method is used as part of a holistic strategy. Don’t ignore or live with the pain – fight back, naturally.