According to statistics, 8 in every 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain may vary from a dull, regular ache to a sudden, sharp pain.  Sudden back pain may last for a couple of hours, days or weeks. Chronic back pain, on the other hand, can last for more than three months.

While there are various causes of back pain ranging from bending awkwardly to slouching in chairs and sitting in a hunched position for long without a break, it is imperative that you seek treatment once the pain strikes. Doing so can help ease the discomfort while reducing the likelihood of pain in the future.

Of course, there are many treatment options, but here’s how to alleviate back pain naturally, without necessarily using drugs.

A Good Mattress

The mattress that you sleep on can improve or worsen your back pain. Inadequate support strains your muscles, encourages poor posture and doesn’t align your spine further aggravating the pain. While no single mattress works for back pain, a good one should be comfortable and with enough support. On that note, be sure to view your options when it comes to the best mattresses for back pain at freeyourspine.info and what makes each a brilliant pick for your condition.

Acupuncture

The results of a study published in the Journal Spine in 2008 suggested that acupuncture can be an effective natural remedy for back pain.  After scrutinizing a total of 23 clinical trials involving 6,359 patients, the authors of the study found that acupuncture can help ease the effects of moderate back pain.

Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and is said to work by unblocking energy pathways along the body. It involves piercing the body with needles along these pathways, an action that causes the body to release natural pain-relieving opioids.

Meditation

Repeated studies have shown that meditation can help manage chronic pain. For instance, a study published in the journal Pain in 2008 suggests that an 8-week meditation program caused an improvement of pain acceptance and physical function in patients suffering from chronic back pain. The study involved 37 adults who were meditating on an average of 4.3 days every week for about 31.6 minutes every day.

Other ways of alleviating back pain naturally include;

    • Embarking on a regular exercise regimen
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Practicing yoga
    • Using anti-inflammatory herbs such as White willow or Devil’s claw
    • Message therapy

And the beauty of it is that these natural ways to treat back pain are effective with no side effects.

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