There are many ways to naturally alleviate low back pain, all of which will help reduce medication intake and reliance. We recommend trying the following 7 natural remedies to get rid of low back pain:
For immediate relief, apply ice to your lower back to reduce inflammation. Repeat ice packs for 10- 15 minutes three times per day for the first 48-72 hours after the back pain begins.
After 72 hours, apply heat to relax the muscles surrounding your spine. Those muscles will often compensate and seize if there is any sort of strain or injury. Try using a heating pad, sitting in a hot bath, or warm up a cloth bag with rice for a DIY approach.
Try yoga that specifically focuses on your lower back and core. Stretching and strengthening these muscles is very important in alleviating pain. You want the muscles surrounding your spine to grow stronger so you become more resistant to a sprain or tweak.
Avoid prolonged static posture
When sitting at a desk for long periods of time, the pressure on your spinal disks increases. Remind yourself to check your posture, get up and stretch, and take a short walk every so often to give your spine and surrounding muscles some relief.
Natural anti-inflammatory drinks
Instead of turning to the normal anti-inflammatory medications, try these natural anti-inflammatory drinks that have more benefits than one:
- Turmeric milk: antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and anti-inflammatory
- Cherry juice: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, improves muscle recovery after exercise
- Ginger-green tea: anti-inflammatory, improves blood circulation
Many people find back pain relief with acupuncture. In fact, back pain is one of the most popular reasons people seek acupuncture. Acupuncture corrects the imbalance of qi and improves the flow of energy throughout your body which relieves pain and improves health.
Depending on the reason for your low back pain, chiropractic care may be a great option for pain relief. Back pain is often due to strained muscles and a compressed spine. When your back takes on a lot of pressure suddenly or overtime without correction, your spinal disks are being crushed which can cause a herniation. This can be very painful and cause other problems if not treated.
Massage therapy can provide substantial pain relief for many lower back problems, from acute back problems to chronic back pain. For pain caused by a back strain, when the correct muscle is targeted, the pain can be controlled at its source for quicker and lasting relief. For chronic back pain, massage therapy helps improve circulation and reduces pain, stiffness and muscle tension.
It’s difficult to know exactly what your low back needs without taking a closer look. Make sure to talk to a professional for an in-depth analysis of your back and to learn exactly what will help you find relief. If you are in Centennial or the south Denver area, contact Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Message Therapy
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