Back pain is a common health issue today that affects at least eight out of 10 people. Back pain can make it difficult to sit down, stand up, or get comfortable to go to sleep. Whether you have upper back pain, lower back pain or back and neck pain, dealing with it can make the day seem to drag on for ages – and the night, even longer.
Chronic back pain has become a debilitating problem – and very costly.
Preventing or treating back pain is possible without the intervention of medications. You only need to address the root cause of the problem by changing your lifestyle and the way you eat and move.
Below is a discussion of the potential causes of back pain, our recommendations for back pain treatment, and how you can alleviate this problem without putting any additional burden on your health.
Common Causes of Back Pain?
Accidents and sports injuries are the most common causes of chronic back pain. But sometimes, even simple activities or movements – like bending over to pick up an object from the floor – can trigger pain.
There are also a number of other factors that can increase your risk of back pain, such as:
- 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
Dangers of Drugs for Back Pain Treatment
Medications prescribed for back pain don’t do anything to help the underlying problem, and the side effects are often worse than the symptoms they’re used to treat. Before taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs for your back pain, understand the risks.
– NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS like Motrin, Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve and aspirin may cause drug interaction problems with blood pressure medication, lithium and blood thinners; side effects include blood clots, ringing in the ears, and heart attacks.
– MUSCLE RELAXANTS like Valium, Flexeril and Soma, can be habit forming and may interfere with MAOI’s or antidepressants; side effects include insomnia, depression, paralysis, chest pain, irregular heart beat, and hallucinations.
– TRICYCLIC ANTI-DEPRESSANTS like Elavil, Endep and Norpramin may interact with MAOI’s, heart rhythm medications and anti-seizure medication; side effects include insomnia, vomiting, nightmares, blurred vision, chest pain, hallucinations and pounding heartbeat.
– NARCOTICS like Hydrocodone, Codeine, Oxycodone and Morphine can be habit forming and interact with other types of pain relievers, tranquilizers and muscle relaxants; side effects include fainting, convulsions, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, slow heartbeat and hallucinations.
How to Relieve Back Pain Naturally
– Back strengthening EXERCISES and STRETCHES that not only helps your back pain but also improve your physical conditioning and your over all health.
- Some exercises you can do are: Sit-ups, Back extensions, Squats.
- Some stretches you can do are: abdominal and back muscle stretch and also quads and hamstring stretch
– Improving your nutrition: Optimize your vitamin D (through regular and appropriate sun exposure) and vitamin K2 levels
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors treat back pain by attempting to improve the function of the joints and nervous system through spinal adjustments.
Chiropractors often have different methods of adjustment, but the theory behind the success of chiropractic treatment is that realigning the spine relieves pressure on the spinal nerves, which can help to restore natural nerve function throughout the body. As such, they believe that a “well-aligned” body is more likely to be in a state of natural balance and will experience less pain and disability.