5 Alternative Back Pain Relievers

YogaEver wonder what the best methods are to free yourself of back pain? You know that when your back isn’t working up to its full potential, every part of your life suffers. So, of course you want to know how to keep your back pain at bay in the most effective way possible, right? Right. Since everyone is different, different remedies will work for different people, but to get you started on the road to relief try out these research-backed, excellent ways to stay free of your achy back:

Chiropractic Care: A chiropractor is trained to find the spot on your spine that is causing your trouble. One trip to the chiropractor can offer immediate pain-relief. However, the most effective treatment is ongoing visits.  This way, through frequent adjustments, your chiropractor can help train your muscles to keep your spine in its proper place and prevent further injury.

Yoga: A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that “12 weeks of classes led to greater improvements in function for adults with chronic low back pain.” Yoga keeps your back healthy from all angles: it increases flexibility to prevent stiffness and injury, it strengthens core muscles to help keep your spine in place and it decreases stress which can exacerbate pain.

Massage: No longer a needless luxury, another Annals of Internal Medicine study stated, “Chronic low back pain sufferers who got weekly massages reported less pain after 10 weeks than those who didn’t.” Massage is especially effective for pain that is muscle-related. So no need to feel guilty, this remedy can be for medical purposes.

Acupuncture: Make sure to ask your doctor for a referral or find a certified acupuncturist through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine so you can be certain that you’re getting the highest quality treatment. Research is being compiled that confirms that acupuncture is a beneficial form of healing. Therefore it is quickly stepping into the limelight as an alternative healing method for almost every ailment – and that includes a painful back.

Talk Therapy: Surprised? A lot of pain can actually be caused by mental upset like depression or stress. And there’s science to prove it. Stress of any kind releases a hormone called cortisol which can cause inflammatory responses in your body like swelling, stiffness and pain. Anything you can do to lower that hormone level will help to reduce pain. A 2010 study found that pain-sufferers who participated in group cognitive therapy sessions for 3 months had twice the amount of relief from chronic back pain than people who hadn’t gone to talk therapy.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice. 

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