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Natural Relief for Back Pain

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Back pain is one of the most common health ailments in the country, afflicting an estimated 80 percent of Americans during their lifetimes.  To make matters worse, the exact cause of such back pain is frequently difficult to diagnose and, therefore, difficult to treat, leaving its victims to rely on the dubious relief of ice packs and aspirin. 

But a number of treatment options exist which offer natural relief for back pain.  Moreover, many of these alternative therapies have proven to be as effective as traditional medical treatments.   

Home Remedies For Back Pain

Acupuncture

Researchers at Sheffield University (United Kingdom) studied the effects of acupuncture on low back pain and found that this traditional Chinese treatment significantly reduced pain and pain medication usage of their research subjects. 

Acupuncture for back pain involves the insertion of tiny needles along invisible pathways (or meridians) of the body by trained practitioners. This practice is based on the Chinese belief that that pain is the result of blocked energy in the meridians which are released by the insertion of needles.

In case you’re wondering whether you will have to suffer pain in order to relieve your back pain…don’t worry.  Acupuncture is rarely painful when administered by a skilled practitioner. 

[Read: What Foods Should I Eat To Fight Back Pain?]

Music Therapy

Music therapy is not a new treatment option.  Rather, it is an ancient art that has attracted a wide range of practitioners.  According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, there are more than 5,000 actively-practicing music therapists in the United States today. 

Through a number of scientific studies, music therapy has been proven to help lighten depression, ease anxiety, and relieve pain—particularly back pain.  One such study, conducted on those hospitalized with chronic back pain, showed that music therapy reduced their amounts of pain and levels of disability.

But what kind of music can give you natural relief for back pain?  Studies suggest that slow, mellifluous music (such as the classical kind) is your best bet.   

Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient practice that has been shown to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain.  Its practice involves rubbing or pressing on specific pressure (or reflex) points on the feet or on the hands which correspond to, and treat the ailments of, certain organs throughout the body.

When researchers at the Hospital of Beijing College of Languages tested reflexology on the lower back pain of 20 study participants, all showed a marked reduction in back pain.  (Source: Internet Health Library)

A typical reflexology session lasts for 1 hour.  But don’t get upset if your pain is unchanged after the first session.  It generally takes 3 to 4 reflexology sessions to see a significant reduction of pain (although this varies quite a bit from person to person).   

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Richard Baxter
Richard Baxter 5pts

Manu if I don't keep up with my abdominal muscle workouts ( sit ups, leg raises) I get lower back problems. My belief as long as you don't have an injury, the remedy is weight loss, fitness and correct posture.

Joan Annunziata
Joan Annunziata 5pts

Why isn't therapeutic massage mentioned. Back pain and proper massage is very healing and helpful. Should not be overlooked.

Alen Malu
Alen Malu 5pts

Tooooo useful as im hvng,same prob last two months

Narasimhan Maddur Krishnaiyengar
Narasimhan Maddur Krishnaiyengar 5pts

( @ me ... + (plus } ಅವರವರ ಶರೀರಗುಣಕ್ಕೆತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಅವರೇ ತೈಲ ತಯಾರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ... ಲೇಪನ...ಫಾರ್ ಬೆಸ್ಟ್ ರಿಸಲ್ಟ್ಸ್!..... )

Stephanie Adams
Stephanie Adams 5pts

How about a massage, deep tissue .that is what my clients come to me for !

dtaunk
dtaunk 5pts

Believe me ..there is one cure which will definitely cure back pain of all kind. Self tried and tested. Perform 'shavasana'. It is simplest of yogic exercise, but not easy to master. You need to lie down on you back on a hard surface (not on mattress or floor carpet) like a dead body, and step by step relax each part of your body using mind. Learn it from a master, avoid doing yourself because there are many dos and dont's to be observed.

Huey Huey Ye
Huey Huey Ye 5pts

I had a serious back pain and I always believe that a good pillow is all I need. I finally found a good buckwheat pillow in Bangkok. It not only helps me reduce the back pain, my neck and shoulder pain has subsided tremendously. On top of that I sleep very well. Eventually I am confident that the pain will disappear. Do make sure your bed is not soft.Many people forgot that spine care is important because it controls the nerves to all parts of your body. You'll have many health issues if you don't take good care of it. Of course you must also exercise, do some body massages and foot reflexology for blood circulation, take your vitamins and watch your diet.

Kinai Janette
Kinai Janette 5pts

Prathana Thanalethcumy Rathakrishnan chechi for you!

Madhun Telz
Madhun Telz 5pts

What u said is rihgt in the view of religion no need of go to temples nd our heart is the heaven it is the temple nd wt is need of kindness everywhere think if anybody made a fraud to u with a plan will u leave them r not finally heart is temple nd kindness is a weapon use with care bye my friend.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing Carolyn J Fox

Carolyn J Fox
Carolyn J Fox 5pts

please keep in mind that this is not a solution for anyone who suffers a physical or neurological condition of the spine. It will not help , and may even do harm, to my husband.....he has spinal stenosis and spondylosis, degenerative disc disease, and has had three fusion surgeries, with more to be expected. But natural relief from back pain is perfect for me.... and works well with chiropractic care.

JuliaDean
JuliaDean 5pts

Bach  the classical composer and genius was a doctor before he realized the healing power in music and flowers their aroma and beauty! 


Jai Singh
Jai Singh 5pts

Thnks iam too suffering from back pain thnkyou

Sandy Lyons
Sandy Lyons 5pts

Polarity therapy is also another great healing modality. It works based on the energy system and spinal column removing energetic blockages. This is considered esoteric anatomy with an Ayruvedic back round of knowledge base.

Nancy Luciano
Nancy Luciano 5pts

I agree Sandy Lyons, as I am a massage therapist as well and specialize in injury work. After the massage passive stretching of the legs and hip area work great as well.

Lakhwinder Singh Dhami
Lakhwinder Singh Dhami 5pts

Everyone who is suffering from bk pain specially slip disk or smething like that . They should try aserio seeds ( halon ) . It works like magic .

Sandy Lyons
Sandy Lyons 5pts

As a massage therapist I would also reccomend getting a great massage this can also bring great relief for both men and women.

Rajesh Sharma
Rajesh Sharma 5pts

The video does not open to see the exercises

Jina Juiliano
Jina Juiliano 5pts

Yoga works for me on my back, which is sciatic pain.

Mili Saha
Mili Saha 5pts

I have big back problems .pls tell me what to do thank u