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Back pain relief without drugs

Apr 1, 2008
Back pain is suffered by many millions of people who find no long term relief from this complaint. Finding some form of medication to bring back pain relief is probably a sufferers first thought, even if it is only temporary. Although some medication may be effective and bring pain relief, it doesn't really help with the underlying problem of the condition causing the distress.

Many people with spinal problems become addicted to the medication that relieves the back pain but this should really be the responsibility of a doctor.

The problem with the back is just how strong it is and at the same time how easily it can become damaged. Once spinal injury has occurred it can be a permanent condition, often caused by something as simple as bad posture.

The most common way to injure your back though, is by lifting badly. It is usually recognized immediately by a sharp pain at the base of the spine. Fortunately there are a number of natural back pain relief remedies that can help without reliance on prescription medication. Stretching the back is often the simplest method of relief. Stretching your back gently can relax your back muscles preventing them from becoming tense.

Another type of treatment uses reflexology to massage the feet. It is a very old natural therapy which helps to relieve many chronic ailments. Often, to compensate for our pain, the back muscles over-compensate. Reflexology can also help to improve the body's blood circulation and relax muscles.

Although acupuncture is an age old Chinese medical practice that has been used for thousands of years, it is only recently that the Western world has accepted it as an alternative form of back pain relief. The use of needles in traditional Chinese medicine could be over 5,000 years old. The Chinese believe we all have this special energy force flowing through us. When we become sick it doesn't flow correctly. Acupuncture needles, when inserted at particular points, can release this energy. Many sufferers swear by the use of acupuncture and results from many tests often back this claim. It seems the patient does receive pain relief by using this method.

The Chinese discipline of Tai Chi has also provided relief as it uses yoga-like principles. It is far easier and much slower, so there is less likelihood of further damage being caused. Tai Chi focuses on breathing techniques and is a great way to relax your back. Whilst it involves some stretching and breathing exercises, it is not too strenuous, which means that anyone, young or old, can take part in Tai Chi.

To finish, it is a good idea not to forget the huge benefits that exercise can provide for back pain relief, including those of prevention.
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If you think drugs are the only relief for your back pain, check out Robin Johns' excellent free report on chronic back pain, and back pain relief here.
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