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|Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:22 pm Post subject: Natural Medicine Experts Provide Natural Remedies for Pain
|Here are a collection of natural remedies for back pain written by experts and physicians:
“One of my favourite home remedies for low back pain uses nothing but water. For back pain that has lasted more than a couple of days, contrast hydrotherapy, or the alternation between hot and cold applications of water, can help help relax back muscles and decrease pain and inflammation. Hot water dilates small blood vessels, relaxes muscles, and decreases pain. Cold water, on the other hand, first constricts but then dilated blood vessels, decreases inflammation, and improves muscle strength and recovery.
Alternating between hot and cold in the shower, or between a hot towel and a cold towel over the area of pain, increases microcirculation of blood through muscles and other body tissues by creating a circulatory pump. This helps move lactic acid, inflammatory byproducts, and other metabolic waste away from muscles and other tissues. For best results, alternate between hot for 3-5 minutes and cold for 1 minute, repeating 3-5 times and ending with cold.
Don’t forget about the mind-body connections in our experience of pain. Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction may reduce pain intensity and increase physical functioning when used for the treatment of low back pain. Mindfulness reduces both the physical and the mental-emotional experience of stress and may even change how our brains process pain.” - Dr. Cyndi Gilbert
"I recommend using an ice pack under a wet towel, with both frozen ice balls and cold gel, which can help relieve lower back pain. Exercise, including stretching, strengthening the abdominal muscles, and stepping in different directions, and even swimming, can be very helpful. I occasionally use a chiropractic technique of adjusting the hips to relieve lower back pain. Also, a scenar device, an electrical pulsation device, properly used, can be helpful." - Dr. Alan Dattner
"One of the best natural remedies for pain is medical marijuana. Unfortunately this plant has been criminalized, but can offer significant pain relief. Cbd, or cannabinoid, the non psychoactive part of the plant, can be taken as an oil or topical salve. It binds to endocannabinoid receptors that all of us naturally have in our bodies and produce pretty instant pain relief. They even make pain patches with it!
Another great way to reduce pain for patients is with a blend of anti inflammatory herbs, which are synergistic and can work together. Blends like this can be as powerful as a narcotic without the habit forming qualities. Things like curcumin or turmeric, cat's claw, grape seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, white willow bark (be careful with this one if you're on a blood thinner), resveratrol and frankincense are POWERFUL pain relievers." - Dr. Jessica Peatross
"As a certified homeopath, my #1 go-to for lower back pain (and muscle pain in general) is homeopathy. Homeopathy can be used both for chronic or acute pain. For acute pain, homeopathic remedies can offer immediate, safe, and effective relief, whether on it's own or as a supplement to other modalities.
In chronic pain treatment, homeopathy not only aims at reducing and eliminating pain, but it also heals by addressing the underlying issues behind the chronic pain, which tend to be more psychologically related. By resolving the core essence of what's asking to be healed in a person in general, this also includes the chronic muscle pain as well as all other mental and emotional symptoms. The mind-body connection must not be ignored!" - Ariel Baradarian
"Breathing is a good way to relax the lower back muscles. Lay in the most comfortable position possible and just breathe. Pretend that you can breathe into your lower back where it's tight or hurts. Try to let all of your ribs move, slowly. Let your belly move with your breath, in and out. Take your time. This subtle movement helps the muscles around your spine and hips to relax. Pay attention to the rhythm of your breath and allow your lower back muscles to relax." - Kathryn Merrow
Shared with permission from: http://accidentandinjuryclinics.com/blog/lower-back-pain-remedies/