Super Simple Natural Remedies For Your Back Pain
If you’re dealing with back pain there are more than a few natural ways you may find some relief. This blog post will address 3 of them.
- Drinking plenty of clean water
- Increasing blood circulation by gentle exercising.
While it may sound pretty much like common sense, getting enough sleep when you have back pain can be a real challange. There are probably plenty of reasons for this including not being able to find a comfortable sleeping position.
But, whatever the reason is, making it a point to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night is extremely important. And, it’s even better for you if you try to go to bed earlier in the evening rather than later.
What Sleep Gives You
Not getting enough sleep chemically lowers your threshold (or, tolerance) to pain. This actually will make your perception of pain more acute. Read more here or here…
In other words, without enough sleep you’ll feel pain sooner and at a higher intensity than you would if you were actually getting all the sleep your body needs.
You may think that getting more sleep won’t be easy. For some, it may be a little more difficult than for others. But, the bottom line is that it’s not impossible. In fact, if you put these other 2 natural pain remedies into practice, you may find that getting a good nights sleep is a lot easier than you can imagine.
Drink More Water
Another simple and readily available natural remedy for your back pain is drinking enough water. This, like sleep, is another “no-brainer”. But, just like sleep, getting adequate amounts of water is something that most people over look. Are you one of them?
Most everybody learned back in grade school that “3/4 of the world is covered by water”. I can remember looking at the globe back in 4th or 5th grade. I sort of eyeballed all the blue areas on it and came to a loose understanding of that fact.
Well whether you know it or not, your body is pretty much like planet Earth. It may not be “covered” by water, but, it’s made up of about 70% water.
In many cases, being dehydrated (not having enough water in your system) can be the cause of an increase in pain perception in your body too.
Now, there are a ton of reasons why this may be, but, a major reason is that your muscles need to be hydrated in order to contract and relax that way that they should. Hydrated muscles (muscles with plenty of water) tend to be more flexible. And, flexible muscles tend to have less pain.
Here’s a good story about how one guy got over his back pain by gradually adding more and more water intake into his daily routine.
There are a lot of people who are have aches and pains who think that there’s something seriously wrong with them. But, it’s not the case. Most, if not all, of their aches and pains can be treated and cured by simply adding a little (or a lot) more water to their daily diet.
You can see more info here about some of the symptoms of dehydration. Do any of them look familiar?
You’ve read a little about how not getting enough sleep or water can decrease your pain tolerance and make your muscles feel stiff and painful.
In addition, there’s another basic ingredient that your muscles need and that will help you manage your pain a lot better. It’s all around you but you can’t see it. And, because you can’t see it, it’s frequently forgotten. You’ve heard the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”, haven’t you?
Yep. It’s air. Or, more specifically, oxygen.
Oxygen, like water and sleep, is responsible for more chemical reactions in your body that we could probably mention here on this blog. Your muscles get more of it through blood circulation.
One really important thing that oxygen does in your muscles is neutralization of the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles through muscle contraction.
When people have a lot of pain, there’s a couple of things that go on that keep the muscles in a contracted state. This can cause a build up of a lot of waste products including lactic acid. Having too much of this acid in your muscles will actually make your muscles feel like their stinging or burning.
In many cases, people in pain have one or more muscle spasms. These spasms keep your muscles tight and overworked. This fatigues the muscles and increases chemicals in the muscles that can lead to more pain.
And then, in other cases, while people may not have severe spasms, they may have severe pain. Usually when you’re dealing with this type of situation, you do what physical therapists call “muscle guarding”.
Muscle guarding is where you voluntarily hold yourself in a stiff and rigid posture because you’re afraid that if you move around too much, you’ll have a lot more pain.
Well, if you find yourself in either of the above situations (or, some other one that’s not mentioned), one of the best thing that you can do to get rid of your pain is to get moving and get the blood circulating and get more oxygen into your muscles.
So, what’s the secret to getting more oxygen in all of your muscles?
Exercise. Gentle, non-strenuous, exercise. Emphasis on Gentle.
Most of the time, when you think about exercise, someone like Tony Horton and the P90X workout program comes to mind. But, that’s not what I’m talking about. What we’re talking about is something simple like walking around the block or lying down in your bed and gently stretching.
The only thing that you’re actually trying to do at this point is get the muscles loosened up and the blood circulating.
And something else happens when you’re exercising. You start to breathe deeper and more fully. The more fully you breathe, the more oxygen you get into your system.
While you may think that this is a no brainer, just pay attention to how often you hold your breath throughout the day. You may surprize yourself.
Well, there you have it. Three super simple natural remedies that can help with your back pain. And, each are pretty much available to anyone at anytime.
There’s one thing to keep in mind when you’re using natural remedies. They’re not a quick fix like taking an aspirin or something like that.
Natural remedies work gradually overtime and generally have an accumulative effect. That means that if you just try them for a day or two, you may not feel a real dramatic effect. You have to stick with them over time.
One way to keep track of your progress is to keep a back pain diary. Keeping a diary will let you look back over time and see how you were feeling when you first started. You will be able to see what worked for you and what didn’t.
Sleep, Water, Oxygen
In summary, these are some simple things that you can do right now if you or someone you know is suffering from back pain. They are completely natural and easy to start. They are pretty much free of charge and available where ever you may find yourself.
The only thing you have to do is get started.
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