Many people at one point in their life struggle with lower back pain. For some it is a chronic occurrence that seems to never go away. For others, it is an acute occurrence that happens once in a while. Either way, even if only once in a while, lower back pain is extremely agonizing and is nothing to take lightly.
I am young in age and therefore personally only struggling with severe lower back pain once or twice in my lifetime; however, when it hit, it was impossible to sit straight and difficult to even walk for nearly five weeks as the pain began to slowly subside and the swelling began to go down.
For those looking to ease the pain associated with the lower back and find more natural remedies to cure the pain, this list is for you to try.
- Hot and Cold Therapy
The old fashioned way of applying both ice packs and also hot packs to get rid of the lower back pain is still just as effective today as when it was first introduced. The cold therapy has a couple ways that it helps with the pain including reducing inflammation (which usually is a common effect of back pain), and also acting as somewhat of an anesthetic by numbing the nerves to keep them from getting out of control. Heat therapy has a couple of primary workings in that it helps increase blood flow to allow for additional nutrients to flow to the area of the lower back for healing and that it also numbs the nerve pulses that are being sent to the brain to indicate pain. Try using simple ice packs for cold therapy and then using a small amount of capsaicin cream for heat therapy to numb the nerves.
2. Get an Ab Workout
An injury is often not caused by the injured muscle group itself more or less, but more-so by the supporting group of muscles lining up with the injured area. For example, the abs play a massive role in providing support to your lower spine. Since abs don't naturally get worked very well simply by your daily routine around the house, they need to be utilized in your workout regime to get built up and provide good support to your lower back. You can find some good ab routines anywhere on the net and work them for 12 or so working sets 2 to 3 times per week to build them up and prevent additional lower back pain in the future.
3. Get Your Sleep!
Pain can cause additional insomnia and so people who have chronic back pain also tend to develop some type of sleep disorder over time. Unfortunately, as the sleep disorder develops, less and less restorative healing happens during the night. This double-edged sword makes the agony of lower back pain continue to grow and worsen. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, it is best to resolve that issues simultaneously with getting treatment for your lower back pain. Improve your sleep habits and reap the benefits of additional healing and better lower back support over time.
4. Get a Workout and Release Endorphins
Endorphins can be the body's natural response to pain and suffering just by getting a good relaxing therapeutic treatment in or putting in some steady state cardio. They can be as strong as pain meds in a sense that when endorphins are released into the body, they can block the signals of pain from reaching your brain. Endorphins are also a stress reliever and help with anxiety, which are other areas that if not treated can only make your lower back pain worsen over time. You can find some good releasing of endorphins by using inversion tables, getting in some long steady state cardiovascular exercise, meditating, or simply by getting a massage. Whichever way you choose to chill out and get those endorphins going, just make sure to do it on a regular interval to help relieve your lower back pain.
This concludes my list of 4 natural ways to relieve lower back pain. I don't claim to know it all, I don't claim to be a doctor, and I don't claim to even have made an all-encompassing list here. What I do hope that I have done is help you realize some of the actions you can take today to help ease some of the back pain you may be having and also provide an environment for you to talk about.
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