Back pain can be an extremely distressing and uncomfortable experience and make carrying out everyday activities challenging for many individuals who experience it. Its also common for many of us who from back pain to often attempt to ignore it, or neglect it in the hope it will go away. That is, until it becomes to painful to ignore. The back and spine work to support the bodies weight and are essential for everyday movement. Fortunately, help is at hand and we have listed ten natural remedies you can try without having to resort to pain relief medication.
Low impact activity - While it may feel like you don't want to get up and move, low impact exercise can actually help alleviate back pain. Activities such as walking, swimming or yoga can be a great way to ease some discomfort. These activities can help the tension in your back to loosen and release pain-easing endorphins.
Stretch it out - Some simple back stretches are a great way to also loosen the muscle and ease some of the discomfort you're feeling. It's important to only stretch in ways that don't cause the pain to intensify and to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds.
Skip the high heels - Shoes that have a high heel or platform can put a strain on your back muscles and throw your back out of alignment. It's important that you wear shoes that provide maximum support if you already suffer from back pain.
Get enough sleep - Poor sleep can be a major factor in back pain, as well as making us feel pain more intensely. Make sure you invest in a high quality mattress and get the recommended 8 hours a night. Try to listen to some calming mediation commentaries before bed and add some drops of lavendulan or lavender essential oils to your pillow.
Work to reduce stress - Stress and anxiety can be a major cause of back pain so working towards reducing this can go a long way in naturally alleviating pain. Engaging in meditative practices such as mindfulness, breathing exercises and yoga are all great ways to de-stress. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and stress it may be a good idea to seek out someone you can talk to such as a counsellor who can help you make sense of your experiences.
Increase vitamin D - Taking a vitamin D supplement may help with the symptoms of back pain if you have low vitamin D levels.
Magnesium - Like vitamin D, magnesium has been shown to help relive pain and relax the muscles. It is one of the most important minerals in the body so supplementing with magnesium may help to decrease your discomfort and pain.
Use ice - Ice is an amazing pain reliever, particularly if the back pain is the result of a sports injury. It's fantastic for reducing swelling and blocking pain signals. Using a cold compress for up to 20 minutes 3-4 times per day is recommended when using this as a pain relief tool.
Work on Posture - Poor posture can lead to back pain in the first place so working on correcting your posture can be a good way to manage the pain and prevent it from reoccurring in the future. Whether you are sitting or standing, good posture is essential for preventing back pain. Pilates is also good for building core stability by working on the deep abdominal muscles which help to support the back and can reduce pain, so why not give it a go.
Massage Therapy - Massage therapy is a great way to alleviate back pain as it can loosen the tense muscles, decrease stress and manage anxiety. Here at SacsInTheCity, Massage and Beauty, we specialise in massage therapy and can help you manage your back pain in a natural and safe way. WE are committed to providing you with the best service and helping you on your journey to recovery. So why not give us a call today on: 07984525731