Natural Remedies for Back Pain

Natural Remedies for Back Pain

I’ve had my share of experiences working as a PT in busy orthopedic outpatient clinics and with more and more women lifting weights and engaging in more physically demanding jobs and activities back pain was one of the most common ailments seen. 

Both chronic and acute cases of back pain can be debilitating and could benefit from consideration of various natural remedies. Here are just some that you should consider trying out!

Acupuncture: I was always skeptical about this option (maybe because I hate needles) but I have to say I have had great experiences with acupuncture. Considered to be a good adjunct treatment option¹, it has been said that pain results from blocked energy along meridians which are unblocked when needles are placed along the pathways. Be ready to possibly go to 1-2 sessions a week for a few weeks to see best results. 

Physical Therapy: I may be a bit biased in this situation however finding a physical therapist that can combine their knowledge along with various techniques such as tai chi, pilates, or yoga can be a great way to find relief without the meds. Feel free to reach out to me if you need suggestions.

Yoga: Depending on the type of restrictions you have will depend on the type of yoga you may wish to try but Hatha yoga may be a good starting point as it focuses on physical postures. Feel free to have a convo with your physician and the yoga instructor to let them know of your concerns prior to starting and enjoy the mind body connection that can cultivate increased flexibility and strength. 

CBD: Thought to help aid in inflammatory reduction, reduce anxiety associated with pain, and help overall relaxation, CBD is one method I have suggested quite a bit in the last year or so. ¹²³ Since your body has an entire endocannabinoid system, using quality CBD can help with pain by binding to the receptors already in your body creating an overall relaxed sensation without side effects often seen with THC based products. My favorite CBD products have  added terpenes from essential oils to enhance the overall effects on your body. 

There are so many ways to address back pain naturally. Having a variety of knowledge will empower you to make a decision to try the non invasive treatment option that works best for you.
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