Published On: Fri, Mar 15th, 2013

Top 4 Natural Back Pain Remedies

Top 4 Natural Back Pain RemediesTop 4 Natural Remedies for Back Pain

There are two common causes for back pain.  The most common cause for back pain is tight muscles.  Tight muscles can be caused by many things, one of the most common causes is sitting all day and not stretching.  So many people sit at a desk all day that their muscles are practically paralyzed from not being used.

Stretching

You can easily do stretches to relieve back pain in your bed, before you get up in the morning.  All you have to do is place your leg pointed across your body to the other side.

Doing this stretch can relax all your back muscles and relieve lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain also.

When you stretch out your back daily, the muscles get a chance to relax.  When the muscles are not as tight, they relieve pressure on the nerves and discs in your spine.

Bromelain

Bromelain is an enzyme that is made from pineapples.  It is a strong natural anti-inflammatory.  When you take Bromelain on an empty stomach, it goes into your bloodstream and relieves inflammation.  It also helps to dissolve old scar tissue.  When taken with meals, Bromelain acts to digest the protein in your meal.  You will still get some good effect, but the best way to use it is to take it on an empty stomach.

Your body makes its own enzymes to digest the food you eat and to perform repair on damaged tissue.  Every day your body has inflammation that is caused by normal body functioning.  If you do not have enough enzymes in your body, you cannot heal from this inflammation.  Your body needs enzymes to heal itself.

Since most of us eat diets that include foods that require a lot of enzymes to digest, such as animal protein, we are often enzyme deficient.  We use up all the enzymes our body makes to digest our food, so we do not have any left to heal inflammation.  Taking systemic oral enzymes such as Bromelain can bridge the gap and give your body what it needs.

When you buy enzymes, you want to look for the number of active units, not the number of milligrams.  The number of milligrams is not important.  The strength of the enzyme is measured in units, not milligrams.  I recommend getting 2,000 units of Bromelain per 500 milligrams.  You will be able to take one pill to get relief rather than taking several.

In fact, Bromelain is so effective for natural pain relief, that you can easily take it daily and it can keep you pain free from most of your ailments.  If you have severe pain, you might need to take 4,000 units to get complete relief.  Over time, your body will heal and you can reduce your dosage.

Glucosamine Sulfate to Rebuild Your Disc

Your spine has discs that are there to protect your bones from grinding against each other and pressing on the nerves.  The discs can be worn down over time.  Bad posture and inadequate stretching can be a cause of disc problems also.  The discs must be thick enough and supple enough to provide a cushion for the bones, otherwise you can have excruciating pain.

Once the disc is worn down, you will need to rebuild it.  You can do that with glucosamine sulfate.  Glucosamine sulfate has been shown to be effective in many studies to rebuild cartilage in any part of your body.  Your body uses it as raw source material to repair itself.  You could notice a natural anti-inflammatory or pain relieving effect within hours.  In some people, the tissue is so damaged that you will not notice a difference for months.  The tissue is still rebuilding itself; you will need to be patient.

The important thing to note is the type of glucosamine you take.  There are two common types, glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride.  You will usually have to read the ingredient label to find out which type was used.  Glucosamine sulfate is derived from shellfish.  That is the most effective kind for most people.  If you have a shellfish allergy, you can take glucosamine hydrochloride.  You can find the sulfate type at most stores that sell supplements.

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture works by relaxing your muscles and improving circulation.  When you put a needle in a muscle that is tight, or is in a severe spasm, after 20 to 30 minutes, the muscle will relax.  It is a normal physiological response.  Acupuncture can be so effective, because the needles are placed on specific pressure points and can be left in for 30 minutes.  It is similar to trigger point therapy.  Certain acupuncture points act as release points for the muscles.

If you have a chronic tight back, acupuncture can help to improve blood flow to the muscles.  If you have a lack of blood flow, the tissue cannot heal well.  Your body needs blood flow to heal itself.  A lack of blood flow can cause muscle spasms.  Your acupuncturist will often use a far infrared lamp or other source of heat to improve the blood flow quickly.

Back pain can also be caused by a Chinese medicine diagnosis of Kidney weakness.  If your kidney energy is weak, you can have chronic back pain that will not be resolved with other types of therapy.  The acupuncture will strengthen your kidneys.  You can also take Chinese herbs such as cordyceps sinensis to strengthen your kidney energy.

So, my pick for top four back pain remedies are: Stretching, Bromelain, glucosamine sulfate and acupuncture.  As an acupuncturist, I’ve treated lower back pain for over 15 years with good results.

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Sarah Neil has been treating back pain as an acupuncturist for over 15 years.

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