If you visit a conventional physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication,as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.) are the go-to treatment for pain in the modern medical world. In fact, they are frequently overused for chronic pain because they’re assumed to safe (they’re so readily available even children can buy them). While these drugs can reduce inflammation, they don’t get to the root of the problem and sometimes only mask the symptoms.
New research suggests that these drugs have more serious long-term side effects than previously believed, contributing to intestinal damage, liver failure, and more. Prescription pain medications are much more risky while also being dangerously habit-forming.
There are better options than drugs for chronic back pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur.
Chronic pain in the back, particularly, lower back pain is a common problem faced by millions of people around the world. According to studies conducted by the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is the second most common reason for employed individuals to visit the doctor.
Chronic pain of the lower back can be really nagging, and often people think medical treatment is the only remedy to alleviate pain. In reality, this is not the case and a number of natural remedies are effective in alleviating lower back pain. Pain relief from specific exercises, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and other natural treatment methods can prove to be very effective in the long run.
Chronic back pain can make it difficult to sit down, stand up, or get comfortable to go to sleep.
Lower back pain (LBP) is a common and costly musculoskeletal problem, affecting about 80% of all persons at some time in their lives. Many people with this condition seek the care of a chiropractor who may utilise a range of interventions such as spinal adjustments, massage, mechanical devices, exercise, orthotics, and others. A recent large study found that chiropractic was effective in treating both acute and chronic Lower back pain.
Common Causes of chronic back pain?
– Poor posture
– Lifting objects incorrectly such as bending over them without bending the knees.
– Sitting all day without a break, continuous working for long hours can become hazardous to your health as sitting all day at a constant position limits blood flow.
– Forcing the body into difficult positions such as over doing exercises, yoga, sports or a physical activity you are not use to.
– Footwear. Wearing heels for too long alters the angle of body thus our body weight can not equally distribute over the spine and many more.
– Poor physical conditioning facilitated by inactivity.
– Obesity – Overweight and obese people had a higher prevalence of low back pain than non-overweight individuals.
– Psychological/emotional stress.
How to Relieve chronic back pain Naturally
Acupuncture technique is very effective natural treatment for getting relief from chronic pain. It does not carry any side effects.
Massage helps soften and relax locked up joints and tensed muscles. This natural treatment, in turn, also improves blood circulation and helps reduce chronic pain.
• Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or guided imagery
• Improving your nutrition:
Optimize your vitamin D (through regular and appropriate sun exposure). People suffering from chronic low back pain may get relief from taking supplemental vitamin D, according to a new study in Spine (2003;28:177–9). The findings of this study suggest vitamin D deficiency may be an underlying cause for persistent low back pain in some adults.
In a study in Arthritis & Rheumatism, osteoarthritis sufferers who consumed the most vitamin C (an average of 500 milligrams per day) reported less knee pain and were three times less likely to experience a progression of their symptoms over seven to ten years than those consuming the least — possibly due to the vitamin’s protective effect on cartilage and bone. Try snacking on C-rich foods like guavas and red peppers.
– Back strengthening EXERCISES and STRETCHES that not only helps your lower back pain but also improve your physical conditioning and your over all health.
Some exercises you can do are: Situps, back extensions, squats
Some stretches you can do are: abdominal and back muscle stretch and also quads and hamstring stretch.
In a British study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, low-back pain sufferers who took 52-minute stretching classes consisted of 15 exercises that stretched all major muscle groups, but emphasized the trunk and legs. Results were just as effective as yoga.
– Chiropractic Care
Without the use of medicines and bandages, chiropractic treatment relies on the body’s natural healing ability to provide relief by setting right the bones, joints and muscles. A chiropractic practitioner will be able to provide the best solutions the natural way for every kind of chronic pain that you may be facing.
Chiropractors treat chronic back pain by attempting to improve the function of the joints and nervous system through spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic care has actually been shown to be a safe, effective treatment for acute and chronic back pain.