Keep Back Pain at Bay the Natural Way
Keep Back Pain at Bay the Natural Way by Jackie Edwards for The Daily Coin
Back pain is the second most common reason for trips to the doctor in the USA, and the most typical remedy for it is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). When combining the number of NSAID subscriptions with over-the-counter purchases, over 30 billion doses of NSAIDs are taken in the country each year. The nature of people’s day-to-day lives often makes the temptation to turn to painkillers too strong. However, NSAIDs simply mask pain, rather than addressing its source and removing it. Long-term use of NSAIDs have serious potential side effects; a far safer and more prudent way of tackling back pain is through holistic approaches and monitoring your diet.
Tackling back pain with yoga:
Yoga focuses on stretching, breathing and posture exercises to promote flexibility, strength and emotional health. Yoga exercises gently stretch the muscles in your back to increase flexibility and ease the tension that naturally comes about as a result of bad habits in daily life. There are various stretches to ease your back pain, depending on whereabouts it is located. These stretches, together with deep breathing, stimulate endorphins – a natural pain reliever – and improve posture, which also helps to reduce the pain.
Retraining your body through the Alexander Technique:
The Alexander Technique is another approach to managing pain and stiffness. It teaches you to locate the source of your pain, helps you practice good posture and relax areas of tension in your body. Training your body to stop bad postural habits and learn good ones takes time and patience, but the rewards for your physical and mental well-being are monumental.
Eat your way to better health:
What you do or don’t eat can have a surprisingly significant impact on your body – not just on your appearance and mood, but also on physical pain. Herbs like turmeric and ginger are known to have natural anti-inflammatory properties, while properties in red grapes and salmon also indicate that they too can be effective pain relievers. Salmon is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3, which are all crucial for good bone health. The latter can prevent osteoporosis and weakening of bones, which prompt serious pain in the back and joints.
For chronic back pain, it is also worth temporarily omitting certain foods from your diet which can promote inflammation. Common culprits include white bread, pasta, rice and sweetened drinks, as well as fast food, alcohol and caffeine. Remove one or two of these from your diet for a couple of weeks at a time to see if this relieves your pain at all.