Back pain is one of the most common problems people complain about when they go to the doctor, which usually is the result of not one, but a combination of causes. Over exertion, poor posture, lack of exercise, and being overweight are issues many people face which contribute to muscle tension, which leads to back pain.
Prescription pills or even nerve blocks in more serious cases are a way in which people who are suffering from back pain can relief, however in doing so the direct problem itself isn’t being addressed and will persist. You also have to consider that these pain medications aren’t locally specific, meaning that not only will it affect the muscles in your back, but all over your body.
Taking pain medications to ease your back pain is great to hold you over in times where the pain can become debilitating, however they are not a good long-term solution for many reasons. Treating your back pain naturally can be a much safer and effective way to relieve your back pain without the need to take yet another pill.
What Are the Best Ways to Naturally Treat Back Pain?
Cannabis Oil (CBD)
CBD oil which comes from the cannabis plant. When most people hear the word cannabis they think of marijuana and its active compound THC and its minor hallucinogenic effects. The reality is that there are many different species of plants which fall under the genus Cannabis, and they aren’t just used for recreational purposes.
One of the uses of these plants is for relief of back pain, which can be felt by the patient without getting high as they would by smoking, vaping, or otherwise ingesting THC. This is because compounds called cannabinoids which are found in CBD oil have an ability to inhibit the same pathways as prescription drugs do, without the potential of becoming dependent on the drug as you may with prescription pills.
CBD oil and other natural remedies are great to treat the pain itself, however you need to address the cause of the pain as well. In many cases back pain is caused or worsened by tense muscles in the back, which pull on the spine as they shorten.
One of the most effective ways to treat back pain is through regular stretching, massages, or to use other equipment to loosen up the back muscles such as an inverted chair. Muscle spasms and back pain can be relieved through massage, and treating yourself to one from time to time is a great way to relieve stress as well.
Regular stretching is also going to help you reduce back pain for similar reasons. Many of us have jobs which require us to be seated or in the same position throughout the day, which can really do us harm as far as poor posture and tension are concerned. It may sound counterintuitive, however getting up periodically and giving your back a good stretch or doing back exercises if you can will help to loosen you up, and reduce pain.
Buy a Micronutrient Multivitamin
Back spasms, cramps and pain can also be the result of a nutrient deficiency. Electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium all play important roles in skeletal muscle contraction as well as general muscle maintenance.
Diet is going to be the best source of these micronutrients, however many of us don’t get enough as it is. If you are suffering from muscle spasms or cramps you definitely are deficient in these nutrients, and need to supplement your diet with a multivitamin that contains these electrolytes to improve your muscle function.
Epsom baths and other salt soaks can be a great way to relax the muscles also, giving them another infusion of electrolytes the muscles are desperately craving.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Encouraging inflammation is something we don’t want to do either if we have pain, which can occur if we don’t eat a proper diet. One of the biggest contributors to inflammation is the consumption of excess sugar, which is going to increase your suffering and pain. Many foods which you wouldn’t think have added sugar do too, so make sure you read the label the next time you go grocery shopping.
You also should cut down on your consumption of caffeine as much as you can as well, as it is a diuretic which contributes to dehydration. Caffeine contains compounds which inhibit anti-diuretic hormone, which can cause an imbalance in our fluids due to excess excretion.
Other modifications you should make to your diet should revolve around reducing your caloric consumption, as excess weight is just going to make problems worse.
Get Outside More Often
Not enough vitamin D is linked to a whole slew of health problems including depression, reduced bone health, muscle spasms, pain and general discomfort. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, however most people aren’t getting enough exposure to produce a sufficient amount of vitamin D for their needs.
This means that in the majority of cases vitamin D supplementation is recommended, as most foods we find in our diet aren’t great sources of vitamin D either. Eggs and fortified foods are the best sources of vitamin D we have available to us.
The best way to address a vitamin D deficiency is to get outside more often, take a vitamin D supplement and to eat more eggs. Doing so will reduce muscle tension, reduce the frequency of spasms, and help to keep the back muscles in good shape.