Understanding and Treating Back Pain Naturally
Back Pain is a serious problem for many people. Generally the problems are caused by misuse of the body, by overexertion, or an unnatural twist. Additional causes can include stress, dehydration, and even poorly padded shoes. These injuries to the back can be quite debilitating, as they can prevent you from performing even the simplest of functions.
The good news is that many of the causes of back pain are preventable and treatable and although there are many well known natural cures, people will still pursue pain medications as their primary solutions. This is a classic case of treating the symptom, rather than the disease. These drugs simply do not affect the problem, and could potentially be bringing you harsh side effects.
Here is a list of the most common causes of back pain:
- An awkward turn or twisting
- Over-straining the back with improper/heavy lifting
- Using bad posture
- Lack of exercise
- Improper exercise techniques
- Poor ergonomics in the workplace
- Are overweight
- Poor fitting shoes
So, how do you prevent back pain? Well, a preventative approach will yield the greatest results.
The following tips and techniques can help in your maintenance of a healthy back.
- Lift with your legs not your back (yes, its true)
- Exercise often, for added strength and flexibility
- Don’t twist your body when you are holding something heavy or lifting
- Use ergonomically sound chairs set at the proper height when using a desk or a computer
- Always sit with your back straight, and ensure your lower back is supported
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide good support (hint: flip flops don’t count!!)
- Never stoop to do a ground-level job, like gardening
- Use a soft, but firm mattress for effective support while sleeping
Although prevention is the best option, the safest bet once back pain sets in is to use natural cures and alternative therapies before you consider excessive pain medications and surgeries. Most often, these natural cures for back pain involve making lifestyle changes that get to the root cause of the problem. Because back pain is such a common ailment, it varies from one person to the next, so the treatment options will vary widely.
Here is a list of the most common and effective treatment options.
Herbal remedies can be used to relieve pain and stiffness, by increasing the blood circulation in specific areas. Types of herbs include capsaicin liniment, and St Johns Wort oil.
Exercising using Yoga has proven beneficial for many. Not only does it stretch and pull your muscles, making you more flexible, it also strengthens the ligaments and joints. It has also been shown that certain yoga poses can actually aid in the straightening of the spine, alleviating pain for many sufferers.
The use of acupuncture and acupressure techniques has shown significant results for many people. As an alternative therapy that has gained in popularity throughout the world, many more people are beginning to test the efficacy of these methods. Simply put, these techniques use small needle pricks to unblock energy at specific pressure points. Once released, the natural flow of energy throughout the body brings a pain-free balance to your lifestyle.
Massage therapy is quickly becoming a viable way to relieve pain. This is primarily due to the healing properties of blood flow into an injured or painful area. Check out the article
Understanding Massage Therapy
for more information.
Meditation is yet another alternative therapy to help alleviate back and neck pain. Closely related to Yoga it calls for a high degree of self-discipline and focus to be successful and to benefit from the
mind and body connection.
The most widely used alternative therapy for back pain is chiropractic treatments. The use of chiropractic care involves physical manipulation of the spine by using alignment and positioning. Proper use of the techniques can improve your range of motion; help to heal injuries, and to aid in the healing process.
Busy lives often require a quick fix for ailments like back pain, but common knowledge dictates that proper care and preventive techniques are best. In my line of work, I see many who suffer back injuries and a lifetime of pain needlessly. A naturally healthy lifestyle, including common sense safety, a healthy diet, and regular maintenance can ensure your back health for years to come.
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