Considering that approximately thirty one million people in the U.S. experience some form of lower back pain on a regular basis, this condition continues to be one of the top medical complaints. Since a majority of the back pain experienced is not related to any serious medical condition, many people are reaching out to seek all natural back pain relief methods.
Our social behaviors have taken a major shift in the last fifty years from being more active to sitting for long periods of time. That, in itself has created an uptick in those that experience even minor back pain. It has become the major reason for people to take sick days from work and the costs associated with back pain creep up to around $86 million per year.
The first step in an all-natural back pain relief alternative is the obvious one. Changing the behavior for sitting for long periods of time by adding more extended times of getting up, walking around, and even mild exercising. Examining and correcting bad posture through the use of ergonomic chairs and supports will help during any sitting durations. These will help to reduce the stresses that are placed on the back and spine.
Weight plays a major role in back pain. While we all know that we need to maintain a healthy weight, studies have shown that those people that are obese or overweight had a higher percentage of low back pain than those people that had a recommended weight. Making an effort to lose weight may have the added benefit to your health by assisting in eliminating back pain.
Stretching is a wonderful way to help reduce the stress in the back. Every chiropractor will tell you that when you stretch, start out slowly and gently and what you do to one side you must do to the other to avoid muscle spasms and strains. An exercise program such as Tai Chi is an ancient process designed to stretch the muscles and tendons in the body in a methodical way to reduce the stress and allow a natural stretching process.
Massage is another way to help reduce back pain and it also brings the additional health benefits of relaxation. The process of massage allows the release of the body’s natural endorphins that reduce stress chemicals such as noradrenaline and cortisol and help to relieve pain. Massage slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and the metabolism which are often elevated due to stress.
Natural herbs have therapeutic effects on the body and some can be used to reduce back pain. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can be made into a tea and will also assist in settling the stomach. Bromelain is found in pineapples and contains a natural anti-inflammatory property, however, it should be noted that those taking medication need to consult with a physician as it can cause devastating effects. Some people are also allergic to pineapple, causing rashes and difficulty in breathing.
Whichever method you choose for your natural joint pain relief, always confer with a primary health care provider before making any changes to your daily regiment, including the addition of any supplements and herbs.