Back pain is one of the main reasons people see their local doctor, and it has many potential causes. Despite the varying causes, there are many natural remedies that will reduce the pain and discomfort associated with back pain.
1. Valerian capsules
The active ingredient in valerian has a soothing and sedating effect on the brain. Whilst this can help you to sleep in a natural way, it can also help soothe the pain of back ache. Not something to be used every day because of the sedating effects, but certainly worth using when the pain is particularly bad.
2. Devil’s Claw
Devil’s Claw has been studied fairly extensively recently, and has now been shown to be an effective remedy for conditions such as knee pain, osteoarthritis, gout and lower back pain. Whilst it may not provide immediate pain relief in the way traditional painkillers do, if used consistently, it can relieve chronic back pain and have preventative effects.
Ginger has so many benefits for different health conditions, and back pain is no different. Ginger has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with any swelling in the back that causes pain. Ginger can either be applied topically to the area in need, or can be taken on a more preventative basis as a supplement.
Massages have many beneficial properties, and can relax even the most stressed of people. Aside from the relaxation benefits, massages can also help relieve chronic back pain. There are particular points in the back, which sometimes vary by person, that when pressure is applied, can release tension. This release of tension that has built up can have instant positive effects on pain.
5. Evening Primrose Oil
Another essential oil, evening primrose oil contains pain-relieving compounds such as phenylalanine and has been used to treat conditions such as headaches and back pain. On a wider basis, it has been shown to be effective in acne, weight control, PMS and some mental health conditions. As with other remedies, evening primrose oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied topically, or taken as a supplement. It has been shown to be particularly effective in back pain caused by arthritis.
6. Ice and later heat
Ice is a brilliant pain reliever and works in different ways. Firstly, ice blocks the pain receptors, which reduces the pain messages sent to the brain. Furthermore, ice helps to reduce inflammation and swelling when applied to specific areas of the back. Once the initial period of swelling and inflammation has subsided, heat will increase the blood flow to the affected area, thus reducing pain.
One of the main ingredients in cayenne pepper helps to manage the pain receptors and messages to the brain. It is the same ingredient that causes peppers to be hot that enables cayenne to alter the pain messages in the brain. Cayenne is recommended for long-term pain management, not as an immediate pain reliever.
The Chinese have used acupuncture to treat a range of conditions, and continue to do so due to its enduring success. By placing thin needles in certain parts of the back, the correct flow of energy is restored to the body. It has been theorised that one possible explanation for acupuncture being so successful is that is stimulates the opioid receptors in the brain, which reduce the pain signals sent out.
there are many types of yoga and even more workouts that will help stretch a sore back and reduce current pain, and prevent future back pain. There are a range of simple stretches that can be done from the comfort of your own home, which will strengthen the muscles in your back. This leads to less chance of injuring them and less chance of recurring pain.
10. Improve your posture
Improved posture can both relieve current back pain, and prevent it from reoccurring. In short, there are right and wrong ways to stand, sit, and bend that ensures minimal damage to the back. One of the quickest and simplest way of improving your posture in an instant is to imagine a straight line going down your back and align your posture to this. This will ensure there is no slouching or leaning over and therefore no subsequent pain.