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5 Amazing All Natural Treatments For Lower Back Pain Relief TODAY!

By on May 24, 2013

If you’ve ever suffered lower back pain, and most adults have at point in their lives, you know it is no laughing matter. Whether you sit at a desk all day or move heavy objects to and fro, lower back pain can have a negative impact on your life.

Often reaching into the medicine cabinet for aspirin or ibuprofen to soothe the pain is the best solution. When that doesn’t work back pain sufferers turn to analgesic creams and gels and sleep aids to help get through the next day of back pain. But what if there were non-chemical alternatives without harsh side effects that could provide lower back pain relief?

The answer to your lower back pain and discomfort can be found in the medicine cabinet of Mother Nature. That’s right, you don’t have to be a holistic healer or tree hugger to enjoy the benefits of natural pain relief treatments. If you have chronic back pain, chances are good one of these amazing natural treatments can help!

Lavender Oil

Any essential oils, like lavender, are best applied through massage therapy which is another effective and all-natural back pain treatment. Lavender oil in particular can help relieve lower back pain in several ways. Used often in aromatherapy for its relaxation properties, lavender relieves muscle tension lower back pain can cause.

In fact a 2012 study found lavender oil to be effective in reduce pain and discomfort during childbirth, while a 2004 study concluded that acupressure with lavender oil were highly effective in relieving lower back pain. It is well known that lavender oil has pain relief qualities, making it an ideal essential oil for massage therapy or acupressure.

On top of healing and relaxation properties, lavender oil is gentle on the skin so patients don’t have to worry about skin irritations or other side effects.

Chili Peppers

Does this mean you should throw back a few cayenne or habanero peppers to relieve back pain? No, of course not. But it does mean that the active ingredient in hot peppers—capsaicin—has been proven effective to treat chronic lower back pain in several clinical studies.

Capsaicin relieves pain when applied directly to the skin by depleting what is known as ‘substance P’ which is a neurochemical that spreads pain. The capsaicin cream will diminish the effectiveness of the pain transmission, thereby eliminating lower back pain.

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in many topical analgesic creams used to treat back pain, arthritis, nerve pain and even post-surgical pain. These creams may be purchased over the counter at your local drugstore, or you can make them yourself so you have full control of the ingredients and lessen chemical side effects.

Acupuncture

When we think of effective methods for back pain relief we often think only of Western medicine solutions, but Eastern solutions such as acupuncture have not only been proven effective for centuries; they also have science to back it up. A 2010 review on studies of acupuncture efficacy for lower back pain relief found that it significantly reduces low back pain.

Because there are many causes for back pain, including trauma, muscle degeneration acupuncture is not viewed as a sole treatment for back pain. It is seen as a great component to a multi-phase back treatment plan. When the acupuncture needles are strategically placed to tackle lower back pain, they release opioids into the body that send signals to the sympathetic nervous system to release neurochemicals that relieve pain.

Acupuncture is most effective for back pain when treatment occurs at least three times each week over the course of several weeks.

Bergamot Oil

When you suffer from lower back pain you know that poor circulation can exacerbate the pain, particularly if you don’t exercise and stretch muscles regularly. This is where bergamot oil can come in handy. In addition to its ability to relax and reduce anxiety, bergamot oil can stimulate circulation during massage therapy to bring more oxygen-rich blood to the lower back.

A 2011 study conducted in Taiwan found bergamot oil, in addition to lavender and geranium oils, to be effective in relieving many types of pain including cancer-related pain.

Vitamin D

Chronic lower back pain has been linked to a vitamin D deficiency, particularly so in patients with lumbar (lower back) pain. Although many physicians recommend vitamin D supplementation to help relieve back pain, there are many foods that contain vitamin D for patients looking for a natural alternative.

While vitamin D-rich foods such as fortified dairy products, fish and soy products can relieve lower back pain, they alone cannot provide the amount needed to reduce chronic back pain.

Before back pain sufferers turn to any type of treatments—natural or chemical—it is important to find out what is causing the lower back pain. Whether it is muscle strain, injury, muscular failure or something worse, an accurate diagnosis is the best way to come up with the most effective treatment plan.

Resources
Episiotomy pain relief: Use Of Lavender oil essense in primiparous Iranian women. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2012
Effectiveness of Relaxation Acupoint Stimulation and Acupressure with Aromatic Lavender Essential Oil for Non-specific Low Back Pain. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2004.
Effectiveness and Safety of Topical Capsaicin Cream in the Treatment of Chronic Soft Tissue Pain. Phytotherapy Research. 2010.
Make Your Own Extra Strength Habanero Capsaicin Cream. Yahoo! Voices. 2010.
Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain: A Review. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2010.
Aromatherapy Benefits Autonomic Nervous System Regulation for Elementary School Faculty in Taiwan. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2011. 

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