Natural Remedies For Chronic Back Pain
10 Natural Supplements For Back Pain Relief
There are 10 natural supplements for back pain relief that can greatly help, and we will list them, as well as some additional chronic back pain natural remedies, including spinal decompression therapy for back pain. And if you have been asking yourself, “Should I get back surgery?”, or wondering if there is such thing as a good chiropractor, we are going to address those questions, as well.
But why are the trials and tribulations of chronic back pain so annoying and all-consuming?
Not to mention painful, debilitating, and seemingly never ending? Sorry to sound so negative but after having suffered with chronic back pain for almost half of my life I feel I have the right to be just a wee bit frustrated, discouraged, and yes, plain old angry. And I know I am far from alone in this.
Back pain is an extremely common problem and is considered chronic if it lasts three or more months. It can be incessant or can come and go at will and its frustration level is tenfold if the cause is unknown.
Says Dr. Andrew Nava MD, “If your doctor has exhausted all diagnostic options, it’s time to seek a second opinion from a back pain specialist. It is important not to make rushed decisions or undergo extensive medical procedures until the origin of the pain is found. Not only may they not help, they could make the pain worse. If the source of the pain is not known or cannot be treated, your best option may be to work with a back specialist on reducing the flare-ups and making the pain manageable with nonsurgical treatments.”
10 Natural Supplements for Back Pain Relief That Work
First and foremost would be to try non-invasive, physical remedies such as natural supplements for back pain relief. Many, many herbs and supplements have been proven effective for back pain. Two of the “stars of this show” are white willow bark and devil’s claw.
White willow bark, devil’s claw, and cayenne plasters have all been proven to reduce low back pain as much or more than Vioxx, which, coincidentally has since been taken off the market due to its increase in the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and angina.
Devil’s claw, best known for treating arthritis, also helps people suffering from osteoarthritis or low back pain by a whopping 75%.
- Vitamin D is now being lauded for many new treatments, not least of which is that of compromised immunity, due to certain heinous “mandates”, but it has recently been discovered that those suffering from low back pain in many cases are low in vitamin D.
When administered by researchers in one study 83% of them improved significantly.
- Adding magnesium to the diets of people with chronic low back pain who were unresponsive to physical therapy and medication not only diminished their pain, but their lumbar spine range of motion improved, as well.
- Relatively unknown at this point is the addition of vitamins B1, B6, and B12 to the back pain regimen. People in acute pain were seen to derive a great benefit regarding pain relief and movement with the addition of these vitamins.
- PEA or palmitoylethanolamide is a little known supplement that packs a huge punch. It has strong anti-inflammatory, immune, pain relieving, and anti-depressant effects and is naturally made in your own body. It influences control mechanisms in our cells that control cellular stress and inflammation. Adding this to tapentadol safely brings about reduction in pain intensity.
- Devil’s Claw contains harpagoside, which is shown to be very effective for chronic back pain.
- Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation that causes back pain, not to mention everything else for which inflammation is responsible.
- Turmeric is another supplement that greatly helps to reduce inflammation.
- White Willow Bark. Three important studies have indicated that white willow bark works every bit as well as Vioxx (a prescription drug) for back pain.
- Capsaicin is the agent responsible for the heat in hot peppers. It is not an actual supplement, but comes in a cream. This cream’s results for back pain are substantial and long-lasting. Get the good stuff, as well as the other supplements listed above at the amazing PureFormulas shop.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Other Chronic Back Pain Natural Remedies
As well as natural supplements for back pain relief, there are other ways of easing, if not eliminating back pain:
- Physical therapy. Exercise is necessary for back pain treatment. The exercises must be tailored to your specific symptoms and condition. This may include restraining your posture, testing the limits of pain tolerance, stretching and flexibility, aerobic exercises, and core strengthening.
- Mindfulness and meditation. To manage the frustration, irritability, depression, and other psychological aspects of dealing with chronic pain it is sometimes advisable to consult with a rehabilitation psychologist.
- Lifestyle modifications. You must learn to accept your limitations and adapt to your new circumstances. Avoid doing tasks that exacerbate your pain.
- Acupuncture can be extremely effective for back pain, such as slipped discs and sciatica. Although it usually only provides temporary pain relief for chronic back pain, it makes it bearable and gradually helps
for longer and longer time periods.
- Chiropractic treatments (find a legitimate chiropractor, if possible. They are very rare, and the bad ones eventually cause more harm than good!) have been very helpful to me over the years. No, they have not cured my issues but have made them less painful, and allowed me to carry on with a relatively pain free life.
***A good chiropractor will teach you rehabilitative strategies to practice when you leave their office. If they don’t, RUN AWAY. And fancy credentials don’t mean squat. More on this in an upcoming article.
Spinal Decompression Therapy for Back Pain: Does It Work?
In my own experience I have discovered that there is a “new kid on the block” that has helped with my back pain immeasurably. It is called decompression therapy, and has truly been a life saver for me.
When your intervertebral discs compress, friction and compression on the nerves logically follows.
Spinal decompression therapy in this case includes spinal elongation, or stretching of the spinal column. If the herbs boswellia and gotu kola are added to this treatment the spinal elongation occurred faster and more effectively. I have obtained immeasurable relief from spinal decompression therapy for back pain.
Should I Get Back Surgery?
Sometimes herbal supplements, lifestyle changes, and various physical treatments and even self-corrective measures are simply not enough to stop chronic back pain in its tracks. Then the big guns must be brought in. Although surgery is a last resort, it may be necessary if these red flags appear in addition to chronic back pain:
- new or progressing bowel or bladder issues
- weakness in the limbs
- gait and balance problems
- known cause confirmed by imaging
Back surgery is painful, has a long recovery and recuperation period, and is not always successful. When all else fails, be sure to get opinions from at least two surgeons, and weigh all your options.
There you have it. 10 natural supplements for back pain relief and a few other chronic back pain natural remedies, including spinal decompression therapy. It is all either free or very inexpensive, and if you implement even a few of these things, it should all add up to some noticeable relief from chronic back pain.
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