Have you ever thrown your back out? Maybe you exercised too strenuously the previous day and you ended up paying for it later. Or, perhaps you ended up with a sore back after sitting too long in the car, or on an airplane. Or, just maybe you did something as simple as leaning over to throw a piece of trash into the garbage can. Many people who suffer from back pain decide to rely on prescription drugs. But what if there were another way? Thankfully there is. Keep reading to learn about a few easy to use, natural methods that can help relieve back pain.
If any of these ring a bell with you, you’re definitely not alone. Back pain afflicts millions of people around the world. It can come in all different forms . . . from the slight twinge that may prelude a more serious problem in the future, to the kind of pain that buckles you over and causes you to gasp in agony. Many people who suffer from back pain decide to rely on prescription drugs. But what if there were another way?
Thankfully there is. Drugs, surgery or expensive, painful procedures aren’t always needed to ease back pain. You can also choose to use natural methods that may be better for you in the long run. Here are a few easy to use, natural methods that can help relieve back pain.
Willow Bark: Willow bark works similar to aspirin when it comes to relieving pain and inflammation. Salican, found in white willow bark, breaks down in the body to produce Salicylic acid, which is the same compound that aspirin breaks down to once it hits your blood stream. In other words, willow bark will give you the same relief from back pain that aspirin would, except it is all natural.
Bath Salts: Studies have shown that bathing in sulphur-containing sea salts can be very beneficial to people who suffer from low back pain. You can buy bath salts in any local health food store, spa, online or in most drug stores.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been reported to reduce back pain. However, acupuncture usually takes a while to work. In most cases, it takes up to a year of regular acupuncture treatments to provide a noticeable decline in back pain. It is believed that acupuncture releases pain-relieving opioids that then release neurochemicals and hormones that help with back pain.
Capsaicin Cream: Capsaicin is found in chili peppers. In fact, it’s the active ingredient that makes your mouth burn when you eat it. When used in a cream and applied to the skin, capsaicin depletes neurochemicals that transmit pain. In some cases, capsaicin cream can irritate the skin. Capsaican cream can be found in health food stores, drug stores and online.
Vitamin D: If someone is deficient in vitamin D, it can cause muscle pain. Vitamin D capsules can be found in health food stores, drug stores and online. Vitamin D can also be found in most types of fish, in cereal and sunlight. In most cases, taking a vitamin D supplement is the first step when trying to reduce back pain.
Back pain can be debilitating and extremely painful. It’s important to remember that if you suffer from persistent back pain, you should consult your physician. In the meantime, if you suffer from a low grade back pain, trying out some of these natural remedies may be the solution to your back-pain problems.