Around 50 million people in the United States do not have access to health insurance, and those that do know how expensive it is to visit the doctor. He or she may recommend you visit other doctors, have additional procedures performed, or take a prescription medication. Once you add up all the costs those involve, you might really be breaking the bank!
Because of escalated medical costs, many people are turning to natural home remedies for
lower back pain. Unfortunately, when you turn to more informal methods of treatment, absolutely anyone can make any recommendation they want. And, that recommendation may not be the best one for you. Here are some of the more common home remedies that are both safe and effective for many people:
- Remove as many stressors as possible. Believe it or not, in many people chronic long-term stress can cause severe lower back pain. When some individuals are taught more effective methods for coping with stress (talking to your spouse, eating healthy, exercising regularly), their pain quickly disappears. Examine your life for various forms of stress and see if you can remove or cope better with some of those stressors.
- Gradually ease into your daily activities. Not all back pain has psychological causes, however. For pain resulting from physical causes, gradually ease back into your physical routine. For the first couple of days, take it easy and don’t go all out. As soon as you can, however, return to your normal routine. Resting for 1-2 days in bed can make your symptoms much worse.
- Stretch and strengthen your back. When the pain you were experiencing is gone, begin light exercises for strengthening your stomach, back, and legs. The simplest way to do this is to go on regular walks.
- Make sure you maintain a healthy weight. Extra body weight, especially around your waist and stomach, places additional strain on your back. You can diet for a while to quickly lose this weight, but typically simple lifestyle changes involving healthier eating and increased exercise are more likely to help you maintain long-term change.
- Stop smoking. You already know many of the ill health effects caused by smoking, but did you know smoking makes it more difficult for your body to heal from all types of pain, including lower back pain? Nicotine also makes it more likely your spinal discs won’t receive the nutrients they need from your blood, making injury to them much more likely.
These tips for improving your back health are simple to follow – it’s just a matter of making the commitment to implement them on a daily basis in your life. What changes do you think would help you most right now?
About the Author:
Doctor Thaiyananthan and the spine surgeons at the Brain and Spine Institute of California are here to help explain different ways you can manage your back pain and increase your enjoyment of life. BASIC Spine realizes that different people react differently to the same treatments and offers stem cell therapy as another potential method of healing your back pain.