Natural Remedies for Immediate Back Pain Relief

back pain

Back pain is a common complaint among our clients. This doesn’t surprise us, considering that about 16 million adults in the United States suffer chronic back pain. Also, close to 65 million U.S. adults have reported at least one incident of pain in the back at some point during their lives.

The Limitations of Conventional Back Pain Treatments

Most people manage their pain with pills and, in severe cases, invasive surgeries that have lengthy recovery times and some risks. Also, with oral painkillers, there’s always the possibility of chemical dependency.

Fortunately, there are safe alternatives to back fusion and muscle relaxers. At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we offer local alternatives to invasive surgery and painkillers that leverage the body’s natural capacity to heal. Some of our most common treatments for back pain include

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening exercises

There is no single solution that helps everyone with back pain. Depending on its cause or underlying conditions, other treatments can be quite effective:

Topical Treatments

If you want localized pain relief, topical therapies might be the best option. Topical treatments include oils, ointments, and other remedies that go directly on the skin, covering the site of the pain.

  • Capsaicin, a natural substance found in chili and cayenne peppers that blocks nerve signals
  • Essential oils, including wintergreen and peppermint
  • Comfrey ointment, which can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) products, like oils and creams that help with pain relief, inflammation, and muscle relaxation

Supplements

There are several oral supplements you can choose from to bring relief from pain and support your spine’s health. People are different in how they respond to supplements, so it’s wise to consult an integrative specialist like Dr. Blatman to determine what might work well for you. Here are some common supplements to consider:

  • Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, that reduces inflammation and pain
  • Curcumin, a component of turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Joint-building supplements, such as methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), collagen, silica, and vitamin C
  • Magnesium, helpful for muscle relaxation

Dietary Changes

It’s possible that relieving your back pain might be as simple as making a few tweaks to your diet. For starters, you can cut down or avoid processed foods, especially those with long ingredient lists, lots of sugar and sodium, excessive packaging, and a long shelf life. You might also get food allergy testing to see if any foods trigger pain or other symptoms. Finally, increase your consumption of foods with healthy omega-3 fats, such as fatty fish like salmon or trout, flaxseeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.

Remember that this isn’t a complete list and that a single treatment won’t likely work for everyone. However, you can use most of these natural remedies alone or combined with others for a more comprehensive approach to back pain management.

If you have chronic back pain and don’t want a doctor to talk you into back surgery, turn to us at Blatman Health and Wellness Center. We can help you determine the cause of your pain and a sustainable way to treat it. You can work with an integrative practitioner or nutrition counselor to get a customized treatment plan that will finally bring you relief.

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