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October 04, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

How to Naturally Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is a common complaint amongst adults both young and old. While, at times, surgery may be recommended to relieve back pain, there are home remedies that should be utilized before extreme measures, such as surgery, to help ease chronic pain. Back pain can be due to multiple underlying issues, such as a prior injury, degenerative disk, arthritis, ruptured disks, and skeletal abnormalities. Sometimes, back pain can be attributed to sleeping in an uncomfortable position, overuse, prolonged sitting, or even wearing too heavy of a backpack. This type of pain can be quickly addressed by merely changing the aggravating behavior.

However, with back pain that is linked to a medical condition, the fix is not always that simple. So, it is vital to address holistic ways to reduce pain and increase the quality of life. First and foremost, most disease-causing back pain will require long-term, consistent treatment. If a particular treatment modality seems to be working, that doesn’t mean it is okay to stop that treatment at the first sign of pain relief. Most likely, you will be minimizing your back pain for the rest of your life. However, don’t let this discourage you. Your body is a powerful thing that needs to be nourished and protected throughout your life. Exercise and healthy eating habits are also life-long activities that are necessary to ensure a well-rounded lifestyle.


Steps to Address Back Pain

When first addressing your back pain, it is essential to be analyzed by a physician to accurately diagnose the underlying issue. They will be able to point you in the right direction so that you can appropriately treat your condition. The spine is not something to take lightly, so consult a physician before beginning treatment modalities. Once correctly diagnosed, ask about holistic options available to you. Many times, a physical therapist will be recommended so that they can teach you proper exercises to continue at home. Physical therapy can also relieve the majority of the initial pain. Physical activity is another fantastic way to reduce pain and inflammation. However, exercises should provide minimal strain on the back as to not injure it further. Your physical therapist should be able to recommend exercises that are appropriate for your particular condition.

Heart and cold therapy can also be utilized to reduce pain before or after exercising. Many times, heat is used before exercise to loosen up muscles, and ice will be applied after exercise to reduce inflammation and provide a natural numbing effect. Stretching should be a part of your everyday routine, even if you do not work out that day. It is a highly effective way to strengthen and provide relief for your back. Correct posture and sleeping positions can also naturally correct and relieve back pain. Some people like to include massage, chiropractic care, and electro-stimulation to holistically manage pain. If you feel comfortable with holistic modalities, find facilities near you that provide these treatments. If you have continued these suggested treatments with no relief, schedule a follow up with your physician to speak about the next steps. Analgesics should be the last resort for long-term pain management, especially opioid pain relievers as these are considered addictive substances.

Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.