Sept. 11, 2017; by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer-Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) It’s estimated that almost 80% of adults in the United States experience low back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association it is the number one leading cause of disability worldwide. Low back pain can be mild to severe depending on the underlying root cause. I myself suffer from low back pain which right now is due to my pregnancy but also have a father who suffers from chronic back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spine which causes the nerves to be compressed. I’ve sought out numerous natural remedies for low back pain for my father and for myself and these are the few I’ve found to be most effective.
What Causes Low Back Pain?
There are numerous causes for low back pain, but a few are:
- family history of back pain
- smoking or using tobacco
- being overweight or obese
- being female
- being anxious or depressed
- doing too much physical work
- living a sedentary lifestyle
- spinal abnormalities
- loss of sleep
- poor form when exercising
Whether you have one of these reasons or something else that has caused your low back pain, there are a few things you can do to find relief.
Natural Remedies for Low Back Pain
Regular Full Body Exercise: You might be thinking this doesn’t make sense, especially if it already hurts to do day to day tasks but the truth is our bodies require movement for our joints, connective tissues, and systems to maintain themselves. In fact our bodies CRAVE movement. We just have to remember to use correct movement that stems out from our core. Opt for exercises that focus on the core which will promise that you aren’t putting yourself in any danger of further injury and always modify when necessary. Remember to gradually start any new program, warm up and stretch prior to your workout, give yourself enough rest between workouts and stay well hydrated throughout your day.
Soft Tissue Therapy: Soft tissue therapies can help treat back pain without the use of medicines. These therapies help to treat the underlying issue of low back pain which is usually poor posture by using manipulative hands on adjustments. These treatments help to turn muscles on that may have been turned off due to an injury. Seek out a doctor that practices one of the following techniques:
Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Consuming foods that heal and reduce inflammation is essential to help relieve low back pain.
- Consume a diet high in fiber by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
- drink plenty of water throughout the day to manage blood pressure and stay hydrated as dehydration increases back pain
- eat potassium rich foods that help swelling to go down such as avocados, bananas, coconut water, and green leafy veggies
- consume omega 3 fatty acids which are clinically known to reduce inflammation and provide lasting pain relief such as flax seeds and wild-caught fish
- Be sure your protein is coming from clean sources and stay away from red meats. Bone broth is also a key factor in eliminating back pain as the minerals and nutrients in the broth work to heal damaged tissues and regenerate bone,joint, and nerve damage.
Supplements to help reduce pain and inflammation:
When diet isn’t enough, supplement! Some of the best supplements for low back pain include:
Liposomal Vitamin C: Liposomal Vitamin C is known to reduce inflammation, diminish arthritic pain,boost the Immune System, promote healing of tissues and reduces histamines. It’s produced with Ultra-Sonic Molecular Encapsulation” using organic sunflower lecithin to carry larger amounts of vitamin c into the bloodstream. Liposomal research has come a long way since it first came on the scene in the 1960’s, now it is the “most bio-available oral way to deliver nutrients” to one’s body. Originally, liposomes were intended to replace chemotherapy seeing that it could aid in healing unhealthy cells without destroying healthy ones. Like no other vitamin, Liposomal Vitamin C supercharges immune systems, significantly reduces inflammation and pain, and promotes healing of tissues unlike any other nutrient. If you’re concerned about Vitamin C toxicity, you shouldn’t be. It has been proven by science and history time and again that it is one of the safest of all nutrient interventions.
Proteolytic Enzyems– take around 500 mg 3x daily to help eliminate pain and inflammation. Digestive enzymes unlock the nutrients in your food. In fact, every single metabolic function in your body is governed by enzymes. Your stamina, your energy level, your ability to utilize vitamins and minerals, your immune system — all governed by enzymes. They are categorized by the macronutrients that they release—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Digestive enzymes play key roles in our health by enabling our bodies to digest and utilize all the nutrients we ingest to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, these enzymes play key roles in our health in the elimination of toxins and the digestion and removal of scar tissue that builds up inside us as we age.
Joint Care: Formulated specifically to provide support for healthy ligament, tendon and joint function. Contains combination of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Collagen and a comfort support blend of Turmeric & Bromelain. This is seriously one of the best products on the market and one that I highly recommend for anyone suffering from any kind of joint pain.
Magnesium: Take 400-500mg of this miracle mineral each day since it helps to relax muscles and reduce stress. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical processes, so if you think that the amount of Magnesium you obtain from your food is sufficient without supplementation, then I would say thinking is for people who don’t know. Be sure by having it tested. When you do have it tested, aim to have optimum levels of Magnesium and not just meeting the minimum. Remember that even organic soils are depleted of minerals, and non-organic farming has virtually no nutrients in it. Furthermore, there are many ways in which Magnesium is lost from the body, e.g. alcohol, coffee, black tea, grains, soy, most pharmaceutical medicines, calcium supplements. The benefits of Magnesium are endless but to name a few; better sleep, relaxes the nervous system, remineralizes teeth, alkalines the body, lowers cancer risk, hydrates, and even helps reverse diabetes. This miraculous mineral can be absorbed by taking internally or by soaking your feet in epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) or magnesium chloride.
Essential Oils to help with low back pain:
You can make your own little blend of oils and take internally via vegetable capsules for amazing pain relieving benefits. Note: Only use food grade essential oils when taking internally.
3-5 drops Copaiba Oil
3-5 drops Frankincense Oil
3-5 drops Idaho Balsam FIr Oil
1 Vegetable Capsule
Fill the vegetable capsule with essential oils and take as often as needed as there are no side effects and enjoy the natural pain relief!
Copaiba essential oil is a powerful oil that promotes healthy joint and cartilage function. Copaiba works well with a lot of other essential oils and amplifies their effectiveness. This oil contains beta-caryophyllene. This natural chemical is also in marijuana. Marijuana contains up to 35% beta-caryophyllene. Copaiba contains up to 55%
Frankincense essential oil improves concentration, promotes restful sleeps, uplifts mood, and supports the immune system.
Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil also promotes healthy joint and cartilage health.
*If you aren’t comfortable ingesting essential oils you can blend with coconut oil and apply topically. It will still go directly into the bloodstream this way and provide lasting relief.
I hope these natural remedies for low back pain help you or a loved one who suffers from low back pain as it can be crippling.