Eight out of ten adults will experience some form of back pain in their lives. Over 70 percent of people in developed countries will also experience back pain. It’s no wonder that people go through a whole assortment of methods trying to cure that back pain. Does this sound familiar? You go to your doctor and tell them that you’ve been experiencing back pain.
Your doctor asks a few questions, but doesn’t really get to the root of the problem. They prescribe a few pain pills. The pills don’t work. You return to the doctor for another visit, and they tell you to go home and soak in a hot bath.
That doesn’t work either, so your doctor tells you that perhaps you should consider back surgery – an invasive procedure that will leave you laid up in a hospital for recovery for weeks, and your wallet is none too happy considering the wads of cash you just spent to try to cure your chronic back pain.
For a few months, you feel a little better, but then your back pain returns – AGAIN! What has caused this unfortunate serious of events?
Back pain is essentially stiffness, irritation, swelling, inflammation, and discomfort in the muscles of the back, pelvis, neck, and shoulders. It can be caused by an acute trauma, such as in a car accident, but more often back pain is due to inflammation.
A blockage or obstruction in the smooth flow of nerve signals then ensues. This blockage occurs because of a disturbance in your body’s pH – and an acidic environment in various body parts accompanied by nerve weakness. This makes it difficult for your nerves to transport signals smoothly, resulting in chronic pain.
In the event there is a recurring upper or mid back pain, on either side, it is advisable to get an ultrasound done. Such back pain may be caused due to gallstones, kidney stones or intestinal inflammation.
Allopathic Cures for Back Pain
There are usually a few courses of action suggested by allopathic medicine to try to heal back pain.
NSAIDS – To relieve mild to moderate back pain some doctors will prescribe an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Celebrex or Naproxen. These may relieve back pain temporarily but they also cause a host of unpleasant side effects such as: a higher risk for heart disease and liver dysfunction.
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) – Another way that allopathic medicine approaches back pain is by suggesting you take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like Tylenol. The only problem is that people start to rely on taking this medication daily, or even several times daily to deal with back pain, not realizing this practice can harm your liver. Even Harvard suggests being cautious in your use of Tylenol and other medicines containing acetaminophen.
Muscle Relaxants – These are sometimes prescribed when back pain is chronic and intense. When taking them, though, you cannot drive, operate machinery, and in some cases, even walk. They may take care of your back pain when it is severe, but you won’t be able to do much more!
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is used to try to manipulate muscles and joints to free-up constricted nerve endings to reduce pain. Sometimes, though, physical therapy can cause pain to become worse before it gets better, as the muscles are usually swollen, constricted, and very tight from compensating for the pain caused in the certain areas of the body. The use of traction and other physical therapy methods have also caused side effects in about 25 percent of its users.
Anti-Inflammatory Topical Creams – Topical creams are another temporary solution that simply mask the underlying cause of your back pain. These simply ease swelling and discomfort, yet these topical creams can also cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to
Pain Medications – In severe cases of back pain a doctor may prescribe an opiod pain killer, but these can be very addictive. They also don’t cure anything, but just mask the pain so that you can get on with your life. In the end, though, you could end up addicted to a drug that is even more dangerous than some illegal drugs, and you haven’t solved the underlying problem of chronic inflammation in your body.
Surgery – Though there are now “minimally invasive surgeries” to relieve a pinched nerve or herniated disc causing low back pain, these surgeries sometimes have complications, and still don’t address inflammation in the body. This means that even after surgery your back pain can re-appear. Surgeries are also costly, and take up to a moth to recover from.
Chiropractic Remedies for Back Pain
Chiropractic care is another method of dealing with back pain, often viewed as a last-ditch attempt to cure suffering, inflammation, and chronic pain in the back, shoulders, and neck, and often even radiating down into the legs or arms in the case of sciatica. This happens when the muscles and bones infringe on nerve endings causing severe pain in the extremities.
A chiropractor adjusts the bones in the spine to restore mobility and to realign the spinal curvature so that the nervous system communicates better with the brain. Not only are bones realigned, but muscle and nerve fibers regain their communication pathways.
This technique can be very effective, especially for people who suffer from back pain due to trauma from a car or work-related accident, however, it can take many months to reduce pain and keep it from returning.
Some chiropractic care will often even take years to restore functioning, but it can be a much more desirable choice compared with back surgeries, which often cause side effects, and can even make back pain worse.
Herbal Remedies for Back Pain
Ginseng – Ginseng is commonly used for back pain (and is often suggested in Chinese Traditional Medicine along with acupuncture).
Kava Kava – This plant medicine derived from Kava found in Polynesia is generally a relaxant and soothing to the nerves. It can provide short term pain relief, but does not address chronic inflammation.
St. John’s Wort – St. John’s Wort is usually prescribed for those with anxiety, and stress. It is a mild muscle relaxant as well.
Valerian Root – This plant remedy is usually good for spasms and muscle cramps, but is meant to be a temporary measure to deal with back pain.
Homeopathic Remedies for Back Pain
There are also numerous homeopathic remedies for back pain, depending on where the pain originates. Different homeopathic remedies such as Aesculus, Arnica, Byronia, Sulfur, Actaea racemose, Ignatia, and Ruta graveolens may be prescribed based on your symptoms.
Chinese Traditional Medicine for Back Pain
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that trauma, overwork, and exposure to wind, cold, heat and dampness cause back pain. Weak kidney energy along with impaired circulation can also cause back pain. To get the best results using Chinese herbs, one must assess how much of the problem is caused by weakness and how much is caused by stagnation.
Acupuncture is also utilized to increase blood flow, and reduce trauma, while removing obstructions to the life force.
Early Solutions to Back Pain
Some less commonly utilized methods of curing back pain include the simplest ones.
Good posture while sitting, lying down, lifting or exercising is often the best way to prevent back problems. Exercise, stretching and strength training can make your arms, legs and back stronger, thus relieving back strain. Weight loss is important also, as extra pounds stored in the abdomen put stress on the lower back, leading to back pain.
Herbal Medicines for Back Pain
Another solution for your back pain may be Grocare’s FDA approved, 100% natural medicines.
The first medicine, Acidim balances the pH of the entire body seamlessly keeping the modern lifestyle in mind. Who among us can really avoid lifting heavy objects, missing a night of sleep here and there, and trudging through a typical work day loaded with stress and the demands of our families, friends, bosses, and more? Acidim works with the body to restore pH – the first step in alleviating chronic inflammation which leads to back pain.
The second medicine, also 100% natural, called Oronerv helps the nerves communicate more succinctly with the nervous system and brain. You can think of it like a brain and nerve tonic that helps to overcome the nerve slowness and muscle cramping causing your back pain.
No Magic Pill
No medicines work overnight – because the state of chronic inflammation in your body didn’t develop overnight either – they do correct the root problem of your back pain. They don’t cause side effects either, though.
Inflammation occurs when we are inactive, eat highly processed, high-sugar, and unhealthy-fat foods, while living in a modern world that is infinitely stressful. It causes our immune system to turn against itself, and the normal response to fight an invader stays “on” making us fight our own bodies.
These medicines help to correct that problem, and return the body to its natural, perfect state. I this state, it heals itself – without NSAIDS, topical creams, or addictive opiod pain killers. Once the inflammation is corrected, your back pain will also be a thing of the past.