Backaches – Natural Ways to Ease the Pain

by on May 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Backaches, generally described as mild to severe pain or discomfort occurring in the lower back or lumbar area, are very common and afflict about 80% of Americans at some point in their lives.

Pain usually results from an accident, injury, or degenerative changes and may be temporary or chronic.

Help for back pain

  • Rest: One of the most difficult things to do while suffering from a backache is to rest it; however, it is one of the most important things to do. Resting not only helps healing but also helps prevent exacerbation of the injury. Some adhere to the “push through it” mentality, but this will not make matters better, and bending, twisting, or lifting can make your pain worse.
  • Heat up or cool down: While heat is said to increase swelling, many doctors urge patients to “do what feels best” when asked if heat or ice packs should be applied. Typically, for newer injuries, ice is recommended, but for chronic injuries, heat may be more comforting.
  • Relax: While relaxation may be the furthest thing from your mind when dealing with a backache, trying to stay calm can actually help ease pain, or at least prevent muscle spasms, which often coincide with being anxious or stressed. In addition, stress itself often amplifies pain, so minimizing tension can help overall levels of pain.
  • Avoid pain triggers: In addition to stress, caffeine, dehydration, sleep deprivation and excess sodium can induce pain and increase likelihood of spasm and cramping.
  • Go natural: Herbal ingredients such as Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s claw) boasts powerful properties that help to maintain back health, while Glucosamine sulphate is excellent for joints and cartilages. In addition, Boswellia serata promotes joint and muscle comfort and mobility.

Prevent future backaches

Once your back feels better, be sure to practice prevention! Several ways to avoid backaches include:

  • Improve your posture and perform regular back and abdominal exercises
  • Ensure that your mattress provides firm support
  • If you’re a side sleeper, place pillows between your knees to ease stress on your back
  • When lifting, bend at the hips and knees and keep your back straight
  • Avoid excess sitting by taking regular breaks and moving around

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