Back pain is a common complaint we receive among first meeting our patients. Our daily lives are filled with things that induce or increase tension in the back, neck, and spine: extended periods of sitting, poor posture, injuries, overuse, and more. Whether your back pain is acute (short-term or sudden) or chronic, your first instinct at its onset may be to reach for the pain reliever, but at Hammer & Forge it’s our goal to help you seek natural treatments to effectively eliminate your pain.
We’ve put together a list of natural remedies for eliminating back pain. Here are 4 ways to say goodbye to your achy back:
- Chiropractic. It’s no surprise we’re starting with this one! Regular chiropractic adjustments have proved to be very effective at helping provide relief for back pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association acknowledges that Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective, drugless form of professional treatment for both acute and chronic back problems. Because a Chiropractic adjustment reduces inflammation of the spine, it helps relieve the pain and tension in your back.
- Whole-Body Exercise. As we often say, movement=life. Moving your body regularly is the key to feeling good. Regular whole-body exercise, including aerobic exercises and strength training, can help reduce back pain by increasing flexibility, reducing inflammation, and reducing muscular weakness.
- Specific Exercises and Yoga. There are a number of specific exercises that can help strengthen your back and reduce tension. We love the resources and photos provided in this article to execute those specific exercises. If you’re a yogi, you may notice that many of these exercises are included in your regular practice. Yoga incorporates many back- and core-strengthening exercises, which help greatly in reducing back pain.
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet. A healthy diet is key to your whole body feeling well. By eliminating some inflammatory foods like excess sugar, poor-quality fats, and excessive grains, you can help reduce the tension and inflammation that’s causing your back pain. Do your best to drink more water, include high-fiber foods, and eat plenty of good sources of fat and protein.
Following these remedies can help significantly reduce or eliminate your back pain. Do you suffer from acute or chronic back pain? Let us help you feel better! Schedule an appointment with us today.