No drugs back pain relief

Posted on February 14, 2009 @ 2:18 am
by Robin Johns

Spinal problems and back pain are the most common complaints around the world. A one hundred percent effective back pain cure has yet to be found but that does not mean that some easing of the discomfort cannot be found. The problem with pain relief medication is that it doesn’t help the cause of the problem, just merely makes it a little more bearable.

As far as the sufferer is concerned, this medication should only be taken whilst under supervision by a medical expert.

The problem with the back is just how strong it is and at the same time how easily it can become damaged. Once spinal injury has occurred it can be a permanent condition, often caused by something as simple as bad posture.

Of course the most common way to injure your spine is by lifting heavy weights or lifting them incorrectly. There are a number of natural back pain relief methods that mean you will not have to rely on drugs. Stretching can be effective at reducing back pain as it relaxes the muscles which are often tense.

Another type of treatment uses reflexology to massage the feet. It is a very old natural therapy which helps to relieve many chronic ailments. Often, to compensate for our pain, the back muscles over-compensate. Reflexology can also help to improve the body’s blood circulation and relax muscles.

Although acupuncture is an age old Chinese medical practice that has been used for thousands of years, it is only recently that the Western world has accepted it as an alternative form of back pain relief. The use of needles in traditional Chinese medicine could be over 5,000 years old. The Chinese believe we all have this special energy force flowing through us. When we become sick it doesn’t flow correctly. Acupuncture needles, when inserted at particular points, can release this energy. Many sufferers swear by the use of acupuncture and results from many tests often back this claim. It seems the patient does receive pain relief by using this method.

Another ancient oriental discipline, Tai Chi, is similar to many types of Yoga but the movements are much slower and deliberate. Tai Chi is however, very gentle and easily performed by young and older people. It focuses on breathing exercises with additional stretching movements.

In addition to these methods of natural back pain relief, exercise can also help to relieve back pain. By exercising regularly there is less chance of a back pain attack.

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