Many people who are living with back pain are under the misconception that the only way to find relief from their pain is with harmful drugs or costly surgeries. It’s true, some people’s back pain is so bad that they do need to constantly rely on pain relieving drugs to find relief. And some others do have to turn to surgery to fix their back problems. But those people are actually few and far between.
The good news is, for most of us who are suffering from back pain, there are much healthier, more natural options we can turn to for back pain relief than our usual go-to pain relieving drugs. And the other good news? These natural options are much, much cheaper than surgery.
It’s true, there are many options available to us that can help with our back pain, but that are natural, safe, and inexpensive.
So here you have it; 5 vitamins, supplements, and herbs that can help with back pain:
1. Vitamin D
There are many different causes for back pain. But some of them are much more simple than you’d ever imagine. Did you know that a vitamin D deficiency could be causing a lot of your pain? It’s true, vitamin D deficiencies have been found to cause chronic pain in many people. In studies, many people have been able to find great relief from their back pain simply by taking a vitamin D supplement.
Yes, you do get vitamin D in your milk, and even from laying out in the sun. But most people don’t get adequate amounts of vitamin D on a daily basis. So especially for people who are suffering from chronic pain, it is a great idea to take a vitamin D supplement. Who knows, that may be just what you need to take care of your pain!
2. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is another vitamin that has been found to have very positive effects on chronic back pain. In a study done by the European Review for Medical & Pharmacological Sciences, their participants who had vitamin B12 injections for their lower back pain saw significant improvements of their levels of pain. So, if you are a chronic back pain sufferer, vitamin B12 is definitely another vitamin that you should look into getting your hands on.
Magnesium is another supplement to look into if you are a chronic back pain sufferer. In a study of people with chronic back pain, 76 out of 82 patients had significant reduction in their back pain symptoms when they took a magnesium supplement. There are many other health benefits to magnesium too, so you can receive other benefits while taking this supplement. These other health benefits include improving your immune system, increasing bone strength, regulating your blood pressure and blood sugar, and more!
4. Capsaicin Cream
Capsaicin is a substance found in chili peppers, and it has been found to help relieve many pain symptoms. There are capsaicin creams that you can get to apply to your affected areas, and they can help to relieve your pain naturally.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Herbs
Last but not least are anti-inflammatory herbs. You may not know this, but there are many herbs available on the market that can help reduce inflammation. And since inflammation is one of the leading causes of back pain (and pain in general), these herbs can come in very handy if you are a back pain sufferer. So, get yourself to your local health food store and ask them what anti-inflammatory herbs they have in stock. There are also many mixes available of several different anti-inflammatory herbs, so you can receive several different benefits all in one simple mix.
Nicole writes for the blog on Intermountain Vein Center’s website. They are a leading Utah varicose vein treatment center.