A lot of people suffer from chronic back pain. While some resort to the use of medications, you may not want to grow dependent on painkillers for such a chronic problem. The reason to choose natural and non-pharmacological methods of treatment may vary from the fear of side effects, to the individual preference for natural things. If you are one of those people who suffer from lower back pain and want to avoid taking medicines, here are some possible solutions that you may want to consider for reducing your chronic back pain.
- Seek traditional remedies such as acupuncture. You shouldn’t be afraid of these needles. Acupuncture needles are barely as thick as a human hair, and do not cause that painful pricking sensation when being pressed into your skin. This is a medicinal art form that has been practiced for thousands of years in China, before gaining entry into the Western world. It is safe, non-invasive, and is a popular solution for chronic back pain. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of nerve pathways, which have been proven effective in relieving chronic pain.
- Consult a reflexologist or physical therapist. If you are deathly afraid of needles, then you can seek out reflexology treatments or go to a physical therapist for physical rehabilitation. Massage therapies and muscle strengthening and training will relax the painful muscles, and strengthen the other muscles needed to support your weight.
- Try novel treatments, such as heat therapy. A lot of people who suffer from this problem find relief in heat therapy. Heat not only relaxes the muscles, it promotes circulation and has an analgesic effect on chronic back pain. One of the recent advancements has been the development of capsaisin creams for lower back pain. You can use more traditional heating items such as hot water bottles and heating pads to promote blood flow and healing.
- Keep yourself physically fit. When you suffer back pain, it may be because you have bad posture or poor flexibility. Strengthen the muscles of your back and the entire body by starting an exercise regimen. Keeping yourself physically fit helps boost your mood (that positive high alone has analgesic effects) and also strengthens your back muscles. Make sure you stretch before and after exercising: failure to do so may result in injury or worse, aggravation of the initial back pain.
- Relax. You can also try alternative exercises such as daily stretching, tai chi and yoga. These not only improve your flexibility, but they also allow you to relax your mind. The stresses of your day can manifest themselves as physical aches and pains – use meditation and music to clear your mind of all the clutter and relax. The use of classical and jazz music has been shown to improve moods and promote relaxation. Try to do this to remove all the anxiety from your system.
Keeping your mind and body healthy are important steps to reducing your anxiety levels. Make sure you have enough time for yourself to relax and unwind. You cannot afford to lose yourself in your work or in your other concerns. Make time and enjoy life as much as you can, because you only live once.