You can reduce the intake of medicines or add additional benefits to your existing medical treatment by using a variety of natural remedies to soothe your back.
Discover which pain-relieving strategies work best for you by looking at these natural remedies:
Learn more about effective strategies for relieving chronic back pain using natural methods by reading on.
1. Consume anti-inflammatory beverages daily
You can build up several antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer agents in your blood when you consume anti-inflammatory foods regularly. In the body, these agents can play an important role in reducing and/or eliminating inflammatory reactions.
You may be able to reduce your back pain by consuming these healthy drinks regularly.
Among its many health benefits, turmeric contains antioxidants, anti-arthritics, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
You can easily consume turmeric by mixing a half teaspoon (about a teaspoon) in a glass of warm milk. Sweeten your milk with honey or stevia if you like. The anti-inflammatory effect of this drink will last all night, as long as you consume it just before bedtime.
Some people are more prone to inflammation when they consume dairy products. Plant-based milks such as almond milk might help in these cases.
Tart cherry juice
Besides anti-inflammatory properties, cherries are rich in antioxidants. Cherries can help to relieve chronic and exercise-related muscle pain (1). The tart cherry extract is a common characteristic of cherry juice, which is readily available in grocery stores. Drink a glass of cherry juice daily and see whether it relieves your back pain.
There are also herbal drinks that contain both ginger and green tea, which will relieve pain. A cup of ginger-green tea can be easily enjoyed at work or at home by purchasing tea bags at the grocery store (2).
As these anti-inflammatory agents build up in your body over time, consuming them regularly will reduce overall inflammation and help you prevent further inflammation.
2. Improve your sleep quality by falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer
A good night’s sleep will help keep your back from hurting during the day. The benefits of restorative sleep may include feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and less stressed the next day.
To see which of these sleep aids works best for you, try trying them one by one:
Vitamins C and B6
A natural steroid in the body controls the metabolism and promotes sleep. Vitamin C10 and B611 help to regulate and produce natural steroid hormones.
To improve your sleep cycle, you can take melatonin as a supplement.
The amino acid L-theanine, which is found in tea leaves, can aid in relaxation and sleep for some people.
Using valerian-based supplements may make it easier for you to fall asleep and sleep through the night.
Cherry juice or cherry extract can also help promote better sleep thanks to the enzymes contained in the fruit.
3. Refrain from prolonged static posture
Taking good care of your muscles and joints in your spine and hips is essential. Follow simple tips to prevent fatigue and stresses on these joints, including:
Use a standing desk to avoid excessive sitting. Your spine gets compressed when you sit for a long time. Take a short walk every hour to take the strain off your discs.
To avoid stress on your spine, check your posture and align your neck, shoulders, and back. Back pain can be caused or intensified by a poor posture and unsupported back.
Keep activities rotating so your muscles and joints aren’t overworked. You could, for example, try a different activity that allows you to sit, if you have been standing for a long period of time. It is safe to stand once the joints and muscles have relaxed.
Take time to read a book, listen to music, or do some crafting during periods of flare-ups. While you are doing these activities, you are also providing your back with a rest.
4. Increase your flexibility by practising yoga
By practicing yoga, one can stretch their back, improve the health of their muscles and joints, increase blood circulation, and make their spines more flexible (3).
Whenever you start stretching, you should do so slowly and only when you no longer feel any pain. Your routine will eventually include more stretches. Early morning is an ideal time for yoga to stretch your spine and ease back aches and stiffness.
5. Practice mindful meditation
Mediation helps improve concentration, release feel-good chemicals (endorphins), and reduce anxiety and stress (4). You can control your perception of pain by practicing mindful meditation.
Start your day by meditating for 5 to 10 minutes in a dark, quiet room. Meditating before bedtime or during breaks at work is also an option. Do simple breathing exercises instead of meditation-take ten deep breaths in succession.
6. Take a warm bath to soothe your body
With the buoyancy of water, you can enjoy the benefits of exercise with less pain (5). Additionally, exercising in water helps regulate nerve and muscle function, relieving pain.
Consider water exercise classes or hydrotherapy pools if you prefer warm pools. The water temperature is usually around 83° to 88° during water therapy exercises. It is not uncommon for hydrotherapy pools to reach temperatures exceeding 90°F.
7. Always keep a heat patch on hand
It is a great idea to keep heat patches at your desk/bedside table to keep you warm on long drives or during the wintertime. They provide a continuous supply of heat to relieve back pain, are easy to use, and are quickly activated. To prevent causing harm to your skin, keep the patch off your skin for short periods of time. Pain relief may also be enhanced by adding medications to heat patches.
Bonus tip: Taking vitamin D3 supplements can be beneficial
Consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement if your doctor says so. The immune system, neuromuscular, and bone functions of vitamin D are critical. By increasing calcium absorption in your body and increasing bone strength, vitamin D3 supplements can help reduce back pain (6).
It is often a matter of trial and error before one discovers the perfect pain relief technique, so it is worth exploring different approaches. For back pain, try these natural pain-relieving strategies and see what works best for you. A health professional might need to evaluate and treat a severe case of pain if self-care does not provide relief.