Some types of back pain take time to resolve, even with the best treatments. But taking pain medicine brings in a whole new set of problems: side effects, dependence, and more.
King Chiropractic has effective treatments that address the root cause of your back pain. If you have pain that will remain for a while, there are several natural methods that ease pain. Try one or two of these natural pain relievers and see what works best for you.
1. A Good Soak May Ease Pain
There’s something about water that soothes muscles and eases muscle pain and spasm. A warm bath or whirlpool is relaxing and warms muscles—a great prelude to stretching.
2. Stretching Can Loosen Muscles and Ease Pain
It’s tempting to rest when your back is sore, but movement is good for your back and gentle stretching can relieve tension and pain. The more often you stretch, the greater the increase in range of motion. Ask your chiropractor for guidance before you stretch, and never force it—move just enough to feel the stretch.
3. Feel the Heat for Muscle Pain
A hot water bottle, electric heating pad, or gel pad heated in the microwave can be applied to the area of your pain and start you on the road to feeling better. Heat increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the sore area and reduces pain.
4. Endorphins Help Relieve Pain
Your body produces its own pain relievers—endorphins! These natural hormones block pain and help you feel better, and exercise is the key to stimulating them.
If you’re in pain, it can be hard to think about exercise. It’s true you shouldn’t run a marathon when you have back pain. But try some modest exercise that’s easy on your back, such as water exercise, yoga, or tai chi.
5. Massage Therapy Can Relieve Back Pain
Massage therapy helps relax muscles and reduce pain. Be sure to discuss with your chiropractor what type of massage would be best for you. Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are traditional natural pain relievers. Bonus: Massage releases endorphins, too!
6. Go Outdoors for Natural Pain Relief
It doesn’t take much sun exposure to get the recommended amount of vitamin D, and insufficient levels may make pain worse. Ten to 15 minutes a day of sun exposure gives you plenty of vitamin D.
7. To Ease Pain, Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
Simple self-care can make a big difference to your overall health and pain levels. For pain relief, get plenty of rest; stay hydrated; take time to meditate; and don’t forget to laugh. These simple habits can really help—they are natural pain relievers.
If you have back pain, call King Chiropractic today at (910) 777-7228. King Chiropractic can help determine the cause of your pain and choose the best therapies to get you back on the road to recovery and feeling strong strong and free of pain.