Home Remedy For Back Pain

Finding the Perfect Home Remedy for Back Pain      Isn't Always an Easy Task

Low back pain is one of the top reasons people see their doctors. Almost half of the people accounted for on disability suffer with it.

Spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, the way you sit, how long you sit, lifting, driving, sleeping incorrectly are all things that cause lower back pain.

Diseases like fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, spinal infections and cancerous tumors can cause lower back pain, also.

Acute lower back pain

Acute pain is when pain lasts less than six weeks.  If lower back pain treatments aren't successful during this time period, you need to see a doctor to rule out any of the diseases mentioned earlier.

How to relieve back pain with water

Acute backache relief can be gotten through the use of water.  Heat is generally recommended for acute pain, but sometimes people respond better to ice therapy.  The cold will numb the pain and give relief.  Either one will make a good home remedy for back pain.

The easiest thing to do would be to use a moist heating pad on the low back for 20 minutes.  The heat will make the blood vessels dilate and draw nutrients into the damaged tissue.  This encourages recovery.

After the 20 minutes, remove the heat.  Use a rough towel to vigorously dry the skin.  This will keep you from getting chilled, plus increase circulation to the area.

If you have somebody at home that will massage your back, this is the time to do it.  Your muscles are relaxed and ready for a little backache relief. 

If you don't have anyone to give you that rub down, you can always use an electric back massager.

Or a hot bath...

Another home remedy for back pain is to take a 30 minute hot bath.  The temperature should be 103° to 110°.  Never go any higher than 110°. 

Ahhh....there's something magical about taking a hot bath.  As far as being a home remedy for back pain, it's wonderful.  The bouyancy of the water relieves the body of the pull of gravity.  This gives backache relief quickly.  But...you can't stay in that hot water forever.  30 minutes max!

Make sure you're not lightheaded when you get out of the tub.  It would be helpful to have someone with you, just in case.

CAUTION:  Drinking alcohol is not a good idea when taking a bath this hot.  The bath will lower the blood pressure and so will the alcohol.  You might find yourself with more than just back pain.

Once you dry off (vigorously again), put your moist heating pad on the lower back and continue to relax.  Leave the heat for 20 minutes, then use your back massager.

Your back muscles should be nice and pliable, so a massage would be very beneficial.

Chronic lower back pain

When pain persists longer than 6 weeks, it's considered chronic.

Any type of massage is going to be a good home remedy for back pain. Add water therapy to this and you've got a good recipe for backache relief.

Chronic lower back pain treatments usually involve some form of exercise.  It's very important to keep the abdominal muscles strong to help support the back. 

Using ice along with doing exercise might be better than using heat.  It can be personal preference, so just experiment with both and see which you like the best.

Home remedy for back pain:  Contrast Shower

  • Heat your shower to 110°.
  • Use the strongest spray possible to the low back for 5 minutes.
  • Change to cold water for 30 seconds.
  • Back to hot for 2 minutes.
  • Cold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat the last 2 steps.
  • Dry off and lie down to rest.
  • If these temperatures are too extreme, adjust slightly for your comfort level.

The contrast shower works very well for chronic back pain.  The changing of the water temperatures encourages blood flow to the damaged tissue.  This, in turn, helps the repair process.

Home remedy for back pain:  Essential Oils

Essential oils are strong and can provide more relief than any other back pain remedies.

Why?  They're stronger than herbs and safer than medications. 

Essential oils can address immediate pain relief, inflammation and  spasms.

Simply apply 2-3 drops to the painful area.  Do not use more than a few drops or it could irritate the skin. 

Any of these oils reduce inflammation:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Myrrh
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

2-3 drops along the spine, 2-3 times daily.

Why the spine?  This is where inflammation occurs in the body.  It's then transported to different areas.  Putting oils on the root of the problem will fix it quicker.

Lower back spasms: Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram is good for spasms, plus it's a natural sedative. 

2 drops on the bottom of the feet before bed.

Simply rub 2-3 drops to the painful area as needed.  This can be done every 15-20 minutes until spasms stop.

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