Ease Back Pain with these Natural Remedies
Back pain can be eased using natural remedies.
Back pain is unfortunately widespread and although it is generally nothing serious, and something that will improve with time, it is often very uncomfortable for the person. Lower back pain, in particular, is incredibly common. The good news is that there are certain things that you can do and try to make the pain more bearable and to help ease it for longer.
However; it is advisable to make an appointment with your GP or physio if your back pain; does not improve within a few weeks; if it stops you from doing normal day to day activities; if it is very severe, or is getting worse, not better; or if you are struggling with the pain, or at all worried about it.
For normal back pain though, here are some great natural remedies that you can try at home.
Use essential oils:
There are many different rubs and over the counter ointments that you can use, which are designed to help stop back pain by blocking the sensation, and these typically include many different essential oils. Some contain medication, such as ibuprofen, a natural anti-inflammatory, but others contain entirely natural ingredients, such as cinnamon and arnica.
Research has also suggested though that these topical medications are as effective as oral ones. This is especially true when it comes to entirely natural rubs, with one study showing that patients saw a decrease in pain, when lavender oil was applied or creams and ointments that contained cayenne pepper.
As with any type of topical medication though, natural or not, irritation can occur, so it is critical to ensure that you test some on a small patch of skin first.
Lose some weight:
Any extra weight that you are carrying will put extra stress on your body, and therefore, your back. This is particularly true if you carry your extra pounds in the belly or the breast region; two places where the majority of people to carry their extra weight.
Although you might not feel like doing any exercise with a bad back (more on this later!), it is one of the best things you can do for both your back pain and your weight. If you feel that you could benefit from losing a few pounds, try and up your exercise regime, and cut back on your calories. If you are worried about how to do this safely though, mainly if you are obese, and have a lot of weight to lose, it is advisable to make an appointment to see your GP, who can help you to create the most effective diet and exercise regime for you.
One of the best things that you can do for a bad back is to keep on moving. It is likely that this is the last thing that you want to do, but research has suggested that resting a bad back can make it much worse.
This has been backed up by multiple studies, all of which show that moderate exercise regularly can help to reduce back pain. We are not encouraging you to go and do a high impact workout or engage in a highly physical sport, but simple exercises, such as walking at a brisk pace, swimming laps in the pool, or taking part in a yoga class are all fantastic ways of helping to ease a bad back.
Look for low impact activities, which will help you to lose weight and increase your fitness, but ones which will also provide core strength, vital to keep your back pain free, and keep you flexible, which again will help to keep your back moving as it should.
Change your sleeping pattern:
Keeping your back adequately aligned is incredibly essential. Many bad backs are generally are caused because you have not been sleeping in the right position, or sitting in the right position at your desk, or even when you are watching television. Every position that you hold for a long time can affect back pain, so it is crucial that you take time to consider these.
When you go to sleep, try to encourage sleeping in a relaxed foetal position, where your knees are bent. Place a small pillow underneath your neck to keep your spine in alignment, and another pillow in between your legs, to stop your top leg from sliding forward in your sleep, which will then unintentionally cause your lower back to twist.
Take a hot bath:
People often underestimate the benefits of taking a long hot bath, but it is one of the best ways that you can ease your aches and pains, by allowing all your muscles to relax. When you consider that some sort of muscle related pain causes the majority of back pain, a hot bath could be just what you need.
Avoid taking a bath just before you go to bed, as it can prevent some people from falling asleep. Instead, try taking one, two or three hours before you plan on going to sleep. You should also consider using a bath cushion to support your back while you are in there for maximum benefits.
Have regular massages:
Many people see massages as a luxurious treat, which they are, but if you suffer from back pain, getting them regularly can be a great form of treatment, where you do not have to take any medication. What’s more, is that some therapists will offer mobile work, so they can come to your home, on times where your back is particularly bad.
The reason that massages are so effective is that they help to promote your circulation, ease stress, relax muscles and even boost endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relief. Research backs this up as well, and suggest that people who have regular massages, found that they noticed a reduction in their back pain.