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How to Treat Back Pain Naturally

Aug 17, 2007
Back pain can be very unbearable for the many that suffer from this affliction. It may be the result of poor posture, standing too long at work, or from a previous injury. If you suffer from chronic back pain, it is not hard to imagine that you are more prone to mood swings and feel depressed. With the inability to function normally and feeling emotionally low, your quality of life suffers tremendously.

While you can always take pain killers, over time, you may become immune to them and require increasingly higher doses to help you stop the pain. Pain killers have many side effects. It is best not to become dependent on them. The best natural treatment for back pain is to by being aware of factors leading to the condition and avoiding or managing these factors.

One of such factors leading to back pain is excessive body weight. When the abdomen becomes overstretched, the back muscles will be used to counteract the effect of slack abdomen muscles. By keeping the abdomen toned and losing the extra kilos, you can save your back a lot of injury.

Pregnancy is another cause of back pain. When a woman is pregnant, the growing baby will stretch out the abdomen and the back will feel the effects. You may even have a mental image of a pregnant woman standing with her hands held on her lower back. Some women even have greater amounts of back pain during pregnancy when the baby sits on the Sciatic nerve. This may result in excruciating and debilitating back pain. Thankfully, back pain in this situation is temporary and will subside once the baby is born.

It is important that you prevent back injury at the workplace as well as at home. This may mean that you wear a back brace at work when picking up heavy objects. Also, you should always bend at your knees when picking something up. Many people make the mistake of bending at the waist to pick up heavy objects and this can result in strained back muscles, or back injury.

In addition, you can take hot oil baths to relieve the pain as well as have hot oil massages on your back. There are many natural essential oils that will help relieve the pain.

To make a great hot aromatic pain-relieving bath, use 10 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Peppermint added to your bath. Soak in the hot bath for at least 20 minutes to achieve the full therapeutic benefits. If you are pregnant, make sure that you read the safety precautions on the label of any essential oils that you are using.

Always check with your chiropractor or doctor before starting any exercise, but yoga is wonderful for the spine and most likely to be recommended by your doctor.

Thus, there are more ways than one to help you with your back pain naturally. As they are pretty safe, you can use them in combination. Take care of your back and enjoy more health and fitness today!
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