Do you suffer from back pain? If so, you are not alone. Back pain is a common condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. It can be caused by injury, muscle strain, fatigue or improper posture. It can also be a result of conditions such as scoliosis, degenerative diseases such as arthritis, or neuropathy. Back pain can also occur from simply working too hard or sitting too long in a chair at the office.
When back pain is severe or immobilizing and debilitating, it is important to seek medical care. But, when it is mild, many home remedies may be all you need. So let’s take a some ways to soothe an achy back.
- Yoga can ease back pain by strengthening the back muscles. To learn yoga, start by using either a home workout online or by joining a yoga class led by an experienced teacher.
- Meditation can help with pain perception, relaxation, and stress reduction that can exasperate pain. There are meditation CDs you can listen to that can help guide you in relaxation and altering your pain perception.
- Massage sore back muscles with soothing essential oils such as the Pain Relief remedy I found on Pinterest. Gotta love Pinterest. You can find this remedy on my Remedies board. You combine 3 teaspoons sweet oil, 4 drops of cardamon oil, 4 drops of wintergreen oil, and 4 drops of ginger oil.
- Arnica Montana is a great natural remedy to help ease sore muscles and I often recommend it. I have used Arnica Montana many times on my husband’s sore back. He often suffers from back pain.
- Take a hot Epsom salts bath. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate and are a natural muscle relaxer. Put a cup of Epsom salts in your bath water and soak away your pain.
- Infared Heat can help penetrate deep into the muscle tissue to help relax and ease pain as well. Though this is not a natural remedy, it can really help. You may see these referred to as Infared Biomats.
- Straighten up! Bad posture is epidemic and a primary source of low back and neck pain. We are all on the cell phones and computers and can be slouching for hours without realizing it. Concentrate on improving your posture and take frequent brakes and get up and move around.