Back pain will be experienced by about 80% of the U.S. population at some point and time during their lives. Usually, the problem is mechanical in nature and the result of poor posture, repetitive movements or incorrect lifting. The most common reason for doctor visits is for back pain, which is the second most common reason for visits.
Steroid injections, pain relieving drugs and surgery are the most common treatments. None of these treatments tend to lead to full recovery, and many patients are still struggling with their back pain. However, there are natural remedies that can be invaluable for this condition. You may want to consider trying some of these remedies before considering drugs, injections or surgery, which are not meant to be comprehensive and inclusive, but merely therapies that have proven successful.
- Chiropractic Care
- Stretching, especially the Egoscue Method
- Strength Training
- Osteopathic Manipulation
- Reducing your Stress
- K-Laser Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Tai Chi
- Physical Therapy
- Comfrey Root
- Aquatic Therapy
It doesn’t do any good to blame your back pain on the weather. Research has found that these parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and precipitation do NOT increase the risk of a low back pain episode. Your back pain is more likely due to the poor posture, improper movement, and improper lifting. Sitting at a desk all day or on the couch is a definite way to develop back pain. This is also a risk from diabetes to heart disease, and can actually take years off your life. You will receive a different group of tests and probably a different diagnosis and advise for treatment by each type of physician you consult with. An effective method to relearn proper posture can be found in Foundation Training that has been developed by Dr. Eric Goodman, a chiropractor, who addressed this issue for his own chronic back pain.
More than 17% of patients that were told they needed spinal surgery actually showed no abnormal neurological or radiographic findings that would indicate surgery.
Lower back pain is one of the primary reasons why people get hooked on prescription painkillers. The deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers currently surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the U.S., and heroin deaths have increased by 45%.
More natural options for powerful pain relief are to eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars from your diet, take a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat, optimize your production of vitamin D, astaxanthin, ginger, curcumin, boswellia, bromelain, cetyl myristoleate, evening primrose, black currant and borage oils, cayenne cream, medical cannabis, hot and cold packs and other mind-body techniques and grounding.
Search for all natural treatments before deciding on that very expensive and extremely painful surgery, or becoming a candidate for drug addiction through prescription painkillers.
-Dr Fredda Branyon