10 Homeopathic Ways to Alleviate Back Pain
According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems in America. If you’ve been dealing with back pain that doesn’t seem to be going away on its own, you may fear having to rely on painkillers or having to consider surgery to get rid of your pain. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for back pain that can help you feel better, and which, used in combination, may help resolve the cause of painful back problems. Here are ten things worth trying:
- Heat and cold: Hot and cold packs can take the edge off of back pain. In general, you should use ice packs if you suspect your back pain is caused by inflammation, while back pain caused by tight muscles or spasms is better soothed with heat.
- Epsom salt bath: The minerals in Epsom salt (magnesium and sulfate) can be absorbed through the skin and are beneficial in reducing inflammation and promoting proper nervous system function. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your Epsom salt soak can make the experience even more relaxing.
- Capsaicin cream: This topical treatment is made from the active ingredient in chili peppers. It is believed to change the way the body processes pain and has been shown effective in reducing back pain.
- Arnica: To relieve muscle soreness or joint pain in your back, this herbal remedy can be used two ways: applied directly to the affected area as a topical gel or cream or taken orally as a tablet.
- Acupuncture: Modern studies have confirmed what practitioners of this ancient Chinese therapy have known for centuries—acupuncture can be effective in helping to treat back pain.
- Supplements: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can contribute to underlying problems that create back pain. If your back pain is due to osteoarthritis, a glucosamine sulfate supplement can help. If, on the other hand, your problems are due to muscle spasms, you may benefit from calcium and magnesium. Low vitamin D levels can weaken your bones and muscles, so consider boosting this vitamin as well.
- Good mattress: Back problems often stem from sleep problems. If your mattress is old and not providing proper support, or its firmness is poorly matched to your preferred sleep position, your poor nighttime posture may result in ongoing back pain.
- Massage therapy: A series of regular massages can help relax strained or tense muscles in the back and relieve pain. Studies have demonstrated that the therapeutic benefits of massage can persist beyond the weeks of the treatment period.
- Walking: Although the idea of exercising may seem intimidating if your back hurts, inactivity exacerbates the problem by weakening your back muscles over time. Gentle walking on flat terrain can help promote healing. Start slowly and gradually increase your pace and distance.
- Yoga: Yoga is well-known for helping to strengthen muscles, increase range of motion, and promote relaxation. Look for a class targeted to back relief, or discuss your concerns with your yoga instructor so they can help guide you through the poses correctly for maximum benefit.
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