Back pain is something that most of the population will deal with at some point in their life. We have all seen the terrible rise in addiction because of prescription opioids. There are natural, safe alternatives to help ease chronic back pain.
Anti-inflammatory diet: Some diets, especially those containing processed and sugary foods, can promote or worsen inflammation. These include ones with artificial trans fats, excessive alcohol, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar, processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and seed and vegetable oils. An anti-inflammatory diet includes beans, fish, fruit, herbs, nuts, spices, and vegetables.
Correct posture: The spine is stable and strong when the correct posture is used. Slouching or stooping can cause ligaments and muscles to strain to keep balance. This can lead to back pain, headaches, and other problems.
Exercise: Although people experiencing pain may find it difficult to be active, movement is one of the best treatments for many types of pain. Exercises that strengthen or stretch the back or neck muscles can reduce pain in those areas.
Physical therapy: This involves doing particular exercises and stretches under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist. This can relieve tension and strengthen specific muscles, leading to less pain. Proper footwear: Wearing the wrong type of footwear, especially if standing for long periods of time, can cause the back, hips, and legs to misalign, resulting in back pain. Patients may wish to speak to a foot specialist about wearing orthotics.
Spinal manipulation: Also known as chiropractic manipulation, this involves adjustment, massage, and/or stimulation of the spine. Keep in mind that spinal manipulation is not safe for everyone. Patients who have arthritis, osteoporosis, or spinal cord problems should not undergo chiropractic manipulation. Only licensed providers, such as chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors, should perform these treatments. When trained specialists perform spinal manipulation, serious adverse effects are rare.
Stress management: Stress can cause tension in muscles, which can cause or worsen back pain. Stress can also change the body’s perception of pain.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): Electrode patches attached to the area of pain will provide TENS when the battery-powered device is turned on. This interrupts the flow of pain signals to the brain.
Weight loss: Being overweight can cause increased strain on the muscles of the back and the spine, resulting in lower back pain. If weight is a factor, losing weight can help alleviate all or some of the associated back pain.
Utilizing one or more of these options as the first line in the treatment of chronic back pain is an excellent option.