The 6 Most Effective Approaches for Natural Back Pain Relief
Almost everyone experiences significant back pain at some point during their life, and it’s estimated that more than 26 million Americans aged 20-64 experience back pain frequently. In fact, when asked about four common types of pain, a survey by the National Institute of Health Statistics revealed that low back pain was the most common, impacting 27 percent of survey respondents.[i]
Back pain can exact a major burden on your quality of life, and actually is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45.[ii] Without relief, the pain can make it impossible for you to carry on with your daily life as you did before, and serious psychological distress as a result is common.
The good news is that, being such a common problem, a wide variety of treatment strategies exist, and if you’ve been told that medications, injections or surgery are your only options, you have been misled.
Whether your back pain is short-lived, lasting only days or weeks, or chronic, lasting three months or more, natural back pain relief is available, and often incredibly effective.
Why Consider Natural Back Pain Relief?
In a nutshell, natural strategies are almost always safer than conventional alternatives, and they can provide you with lasting relief. According to a systemic review and meta-analysis of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments:[iii]
“CAM treatments [acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation, and mobilization] were significantly more efficacious than no treatment, placebo, physical therapy, or usual care in reducing pain immediately or at short-term after treatment.”
Conventional back pain treatment, on the other hand, is notoriously dependent on prescription drugs that often lead to serious side effects, including gastrointestinal and heart-related risks, and dependency, or surgery that is lacking in solid evidence of effectiveness.
For example, one recent study revealed that while prescription opioid pain relievers for back pain were commonly used, psychologic distress, unhealthy lifestyles, and health care utilization increased incrementally with duration of use.[iv] In other words, the longer a person used a prescription pain medication for back pain, the higher their likelihood of psychological distress, unhealthy lifestyle and use of health care services became.
Across the board, the number of people receiving conventional care for back pain has risen sharply in recent years, but improvements in symptoms and quality of life are not being seen! As researchers reported in the Journal of the American Family Board of Medicine:[v]
“Recent studies document a 629% increase in Medicare expenditures for epidural steroid injections; a 423% increase in expenditures for opioids for back pain; a 307% increase in the number of lumbar magnetic resonance images among Medicare beneficiaries; and a 220% increase in spinal fusion surgery rates. The limited studies available suggest that these increases have not been accompanied by population-level improvements in patient outcomes or disability rates.”
What are Your Options for Effective Natural Back Pain Relief?
Perhaps you have experienced a conventional treatment failure personally, or you are ready to address the underlying cause of your back pain — an area where conventional back-pain treatments fall short.
What are the best natural back pain relief options?
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Among some of the best tips to get you started are:
1. Address the Underlying Causes of Your Pain With the Lose the Back Pain Program
Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have now used the Lose the Back Pain system to get rid of their back pain and sciatica. The reason you have back pain is because your body and spine have been pulled out of their normal position and into what we call dysfunctions.
Physical dysfunctions develop over time and are the direct result of imbalances between various muscle groups, i.e. “muscle imbalances.” Your body is then forced to work each day with this dysfunction and eventually this creates a condition, like a herniated disc for example.
Then the condition causes pain and as you know, pain is your body’s way of alerting you to a problem that needs to be fixed …Â and the solution starts at the foundational level with your original muscle imbalances. With the Lose the Back Pain program, you’ll first identify the causes of your dysfunctions and imbalances, then implement proven strategies to help reduce and manage your pain so you can focus on correcting the dysfunction(s) that are responsible for your pain. Finally, you will work on treating the cause, which is the dysfunctions and the muscle imbalances that created it and also implementing additional treatments and strategies that are specific to the condition you may have been diagnosed with.
Over 30,000 people in 85 countries have used the Lose the Back Pain System to get relief from back pain and improve their health and well-being. Please take a minute to learn more now about this amazing natural back pain treatment.
2. Natural Pain Relief Options (Prescription Drug Alternatives)
While you work on correcting your muscle imbalances and dysfunctions, there are safer options for pain relief than prescription drugs. For example, one such back pain cream is Rub on Relief. This is a broad-spectrum homeopathic pain cream that was formulated to address many of the foundational reasons why you are in pain.
While giving you the simplicity and fast-acting relief you expect from a pain cream — as the name says, you simply rub it on for relief — Rub on Relief does so without methyl salicylate (a common component of many over-the-counter back pain creams, which can be toxic), and it contains no other questionable ingredients either, including NO parabens, petrolatum, paraffin, mineral oil, toluene, artificial colors, preservatives or NSAID drugs of any kind.
What is does contain is a synergistic blend of homeopathic ingredients, each carefully selected to address pain and inflammation from a slightly differently angle. Likewise, Heal-n-Soothe is a natural anti-inflammatory formula that contains 12 of the most powerful and safest anti-pain ingredients. Unlike traditional pain medications that simply cover up your pain like a band-aid … Heal-n-Soothe actually HEALS the underlying condition causing your pain. That means you’ll feel quick pain relief in the short-term … and permanent healing in the long-term, without the side effects common to prescription NSAIDs!
Contrary to popular belief, staying in bed if you have back pain is counterproductive. In the journal American Family Physician, researchers note:[vi]
“Bed rest for more than two or three days in patients with acute low back pain is ineffective and may be harmful. Patients should be instructed to remain active.”
Exercise is important because without it, your back and abdominal muscles will weaken, which is one of the primary causes of back pain. Gentle exercise, such as yoga, can also help to improve your posture and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, is one of the natural therapies that have promising evidence of potential benefit for low-back pain.[vii]
Stretching is a must as part of your exercise routine if you suffer from back pain, as research shows it is effective in improving function and reducing symptoms due to chronic low back pain, with benefits lasting at least several months.[viii]
As an added benefit, regular exercise will help you maintain an ideal weight, another important factor in back health since obesity significantly increases your risk of back pain. If you are suffering from significant back pain, avoid exercises that exacerbate your pain. A physical therapist or qualified personal trainer can help develop a safe exercise regimen for you.
4. Spinal Manipulation
It is believed that Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” used spinal manipulative techniques, as did the ancient Egyptians and many other cultures. Today, chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopaths and other health care professionals perform spinal manipulation, which involves using their hands or a special device to apply controlled force to your spine, helping to relieve pain and improve physical functioning.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:[ix]
“Overall, studies have shown that spinal manipulation can provide mild-to-moderate relief from low-back pain and appears to be as effective as conventional medical treatments. In 2007 guidelines, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society include spinal manipulation as one of several treatment options for practitioners to consider using when pain does not improve with self-care.
… Recent studies have found that spinal manipulation provides relief from low-back pain at least over the short term (i.e., up to 3 months), and that pain-relieving effects may continue for up to 1 year.”
For some, massage therapy can provide wonderful pain relief, in part because it prompts your body to release natural feel-good hormones called endorphins. In fact, according to the 2011 annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 90 percent of individuals surveyed perceive massage as effective in reducing pain.[x]
Science also backs this up, with one study in the 2011 Annals of Internal Medicine reporting that 10 sessions of massage therapy led to more rapid improvement in low back pain than usual medical care, with benefits lasting at least six months.[xi]
One important caveat, the success of massage therapy is dependent upon the skill-set of your masseuse, and it often requires multiple, sometimes expensive, ongoing sessions. Further, if your massage is too aggressive, it can create micro-tears in your muscles, often activating dormant trigger points (the tiny knots that form in your muscles) … causing pain.
There is a massage alternative available that you can learn more about at The Healthy Back Institute, but suffice to say this self-treatment completely relaxes your muscles by using your body weight to apply deep, gentle pressure to trigger-points in your muscles.
Trigger Point Self-Treatment System is really like having a small army of therapists to help you because you get special treatment techniques to fully deactivate your trigger points and relieve pain.
6. Heat Therapy
Research suggests that “heat therapy may be helpful in reducing pain and increasing function in patients with acute low back pain.”[xii] Heat causes your body to circulate more blood to the painful area, which brings more oxygen and nutrients while removing waste products, which help heal the tissue.
There are many options for heat therapy — heating lamps, heating pads, saunas, hot tubs, hot showers, pain creams with cayenne pepper and even ultrasound, which is a form of heat — but one of the methods that stands out above the rest is far-infrared heat. Far-infrared heat transforms safe light energy into safe heat energy, at a frequency that penetrates your body up to three inches with an even distribution and prolonged thermal effects for pain relief.
Ordinary heating pads are slow to heat and do no more than warm your skin. With penetration of just 2-3mm (about the thickness of your skin), they simply can’t penetrate far enough to warm deep muscle, tissue and organs. Far-infrared heat, on the other hand, heats fast and penetrates so deep, you’ll feel the comfort and pain relief last up to six hours (depending on how long you soak in the heat), compared to stopping the instant you turn off an ordinary heating pad.
Those are just a few of our most recommended natural back pain treatment options. We discuss these and others in great detail on our website.
If you like the options you’ve learned about thus far, you’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the natural healing options available to provide you with lasting back pain relief. To continue to learn more, and discover new natural strategies you might not know are out there, sign up for the World’s Best Back Pain Newsletter now. It’s free, and it’s your first step to finding lasting pain relief.
Treatments Mentioned in This Article:
The Lose The Back Pain System -Muscle Balance Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy
Far Infared Heat
Natural Pain Relievers – Heal-n-Soothe
[ii] National Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain