Muscle spasms are known to be one of the most common reasons for backache. The American Medical Association indicates that muscular back pain is known to be second-most common reason for work leave. The first reason was common cold. Muscle spasms may occur as a result of injury due to lifting heavy objects, weakness of the hips and lower back as well as poor posture. In most cases, muscle spasms may wear off after a period of time and the affected individual may not experience recurring symptoms. However, in rare cases, an individual may experience mild pain from time to time. Discogenic back pain is another common cause of back pain. This pain occurs as a result of a damaged intervebral disk. Damage to the disk is known to cause pain as well as irritation in the surrounding areas of the back. This pain is usually triggered as a result of slight tears that may occur in the outer ring of the intervebral disk. Dr. Stuart McGill, spine biomechanical researcher says that research studies have indicated that repetitive postures, such as sitting or standing for long periods of time may result in disk degeneration due to age.
Dong Quai is an herb that may prove effective in reducing back pain. The University of Maryland Medical Centre states that this herb has been used for centuries in countries such as China, Korea and Japan as a tonic, medicine and spice. The root of this herb is used extensively for medicinal purposes. Author of the book ‘ Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth’ Dr. Sharol Tigner states that dong quai is known to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic and sedative properties. These properties of dong quai indicate that it might be effective in the treatment of backache. This herb is also known to be beneficial in promoting circulation of blood and can be used to treat conditions such as sciatica and arthritis. Before making use of this herb for treating backache, it is highly recommended that you consult your physician regarding the correct dosage as well as possible side effects.
St. John’s wort is another herb that may prove effective in treating backache. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that St. John’s wort is a yellow-flowered plant that has been used for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece. This herb has proven effective in treating conditions such as mental disorders, malaria, wounds, burns, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and nerve pain. According to Dr.Sharol Tigner, this herb exhibits anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent and sedative properties. Therefore, this herb may also prove beneficial in treating the symptoms of back pain. Before using this herb, consult your physician regarding any drug interactions, especially if you are taking any pain-relieving medications for back pain.
Bromelain is another herb that may prove effective in treating backache. This is due to the fact that it exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. It has been found effective in the treatment of conditions such as sinusitis due to its strong action against inflammations of any kind. Bromelain can also be used to treat mild and severe cases of back pain as it helps to soothe the inflamed muscles of the patient. According to Medline Plus, the effectiveness of this remedy in the treatment of arthritis and knee problems is yet to be studied. People of any age group can use Bromelain. However, it is important to consume this remedy only under the guidance of your physician, as it is capable of causing side effects such as nausea and breathing problems.
According to Medline Plus, which is a website of the National Institutes of Health, peppermint oil is very effective in the treatment of a wide range of health conditions. These include cough, cold, intestinal problems and inflammatory conditions. The oil of this herb is very effective in its action against back pain. It must be applied locally to the affected portion of your back. However, you must be careful while making use of this remedy as it is capable of causing side effects such as nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
This herb has been used extensively in the treatment of a wide range of inflammatory conditions. It has brought relief in many cases of back pain as well. Its effectiveness is due to the fact that it contains salicilin. Salicilin is very powerful in its action on inflammations. It is just as effective as aspirin tablets. White willow bark is also a very powerful and effective analgesic and is devoid of any serious side effects.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, the people of the South Pacific Islands originally used this herb. These people used this herb extensively in the treatment of a wide range of health disorders. Kava kava is a very powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. It can be used to treat very severe back pain as well. Topical ointments containing kava kava can be used in such cases. This herb is highly effective in treating any pain, which has been caused by muscle inflammations or nerve irritations.
Capsaicin is very effective in the treatment of back pain as it makes the affected area numb. It also causes the depletion of a neurochemical called Substance P, which is responsible for triggering pain in any part of the body. Capsaicin cream can be applied topically to the affected area of your back. It can be applied as often as four to five times each day. You might experience burning when this cream is applied to your skin. This is not an indicator of any problem. The burning sensation wears off after a few minutes.
This herb is very effective in its action against inflammations that might be present anywhere in the body. According to Medline Plus, the extract of this herb is very beneficial in the treatment of pain that is associated with osteoarthritis, back disorders and other such problems. The extract of this herb is taken from the root of the plant. Devil’s claw can be used by people of all ages. However, it is important to use this remedy under the guidance of your physician, as it is capable of causing side effects such as headaches, ringing in the ears and nausea.
Clove oil is a natural anaesthetic and is able to numb the painful area within a short span of time. In order to make use of this remedy, one must apply a small amount of the oil to the affected area. Massage this oil into the skin so as to facilitate absorption. After that, you must cover the area with a cloth so as to allow the oil to act on the skin. Clove oil is able to heal any inflammation that might be responsible for causing the pain.
Dandelion supplements can also be used to combat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. The extracts of this plant can be used to treat any internal problem that might be triggering the pain in any part of the body. In the case of back pain that is caused by internal inflammations, dandelion extracts can be used to soothe such inflammations.
Arnica is an herb that is very beneficial in preventing muscular pain of any kind. This herb must be applied topically to those areas of your back that tend to be painful. Arnica helps to prevent the occurrence of pain in these areas as it keeps the muscles flexible and soothes them. However, arnica must not be consumed internally as it can cause complications such as nausea, dizziness and tremors.
Consuming fatty fish on a regular basis may prove effective in treating backache. Author of ‘Prevention’s Healing With Vitamins’, health expert Alice Feinstein states that fatty fish possesses high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that are helpful in increasing the supply of blood to the back. They may prove beneficial in dealing with mild to moderate back pain. These foods have a positive effect on the circulation of blood in the body. They boost the flow of blood to the painful areas such as the back and knees. As a result of this, the inflammation comes under control and the patient gets relief from the symptom of pain. This is why it is important to consume such fish on a daily basis.
According to Phyllis Balch, author of ‘Prescription for Nutritional Healing’, fresh fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial in treating backaches as they are loaded with all the necessary vitamins and minerals. These fresh foods help to protect your body against damage caused by free radicals. They also help to boost the functioning of the immune system and are helpful in reducing the chances of inflammation in any part of the body. Make sure to include an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Red meat can have a disastrous effect on the health of your body if it is consumed in large amounts. Red meat increases the amount of uric acid in the body as it contains purines. Red meat also contains saturated fats, which are very harmful for the body and must be avoided as far as possible. These saturated fats cause the build-up of cholesterol as a result of which the flow of blood throughout the body is negatively affected. When this happens, pain and inflammation can occur in different parts of the body, such as the back and the knees. This is why it is important to refrain from consuming such meat as far as possible.
Many cases of backache are caused by incorrect posture. People who work at computers for long periods of time tend to suffer from a stiff back. In such cases, it is important to make sure that your back is kept straight and supported while you work. It is also important to take regular breaks while working. You must get up and walk around after every hour so as to give your back muscles a chance to ease out. Simple stretching exercises are also very effective in keeping backaches away. They must be done on a regular basis. However, you must refrain from exercising the back if you are already suffering from a backache as this can aggravate the problem.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is considered effective in the treatment of backache. This is due to the fact that this vitamin exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Vitamin C is known to play a crucial role in the production of collagen and it is helpful in speeding up the process of healing in those who suffer from backache. You can consume this vitamin in the form of a supplement or from food. Foods containing high amounts of vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, cranberries and kale. Vitamin D is known to be a fat-soluble vitamin that is effective in treating back pain. This vitamin is known to increase the synthesis of calcium, thereby reducing the risk of suffering from osteoporosis and rickets. Due to increased absorption of calcium, vitamin D is helpful in producing new bone cells and strengthening the back. This vitamin is also helpful in treating back pain as it exhibits anti-inflammatory properties as well. For adults, the recommended daily dosage is around 600 IU. Foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D include mackerel, cheese, eggs, milk, salmon, tuna and cereal. Vitamin B12 is known to be a water-soluble vitamin that is helpful in increasing the production of red blood cells and is helpful in reducing pain in the back. This vitamin is also known to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, which are the reason behind the effectiveness of this herb for backache. For adults, the daily recommended dosage is around 2000 mcg. Foods that contain high amounts of this vitamin include eggs, fish, milk and cheese. Vitamin E is considered effective in boosting immunity, improving circulation and reducing inflammation. For adults, the daily recommended dosage is around 15-17 mg. Foods that contain high amounts of vitamin E include olives, spinach, corn oil, seeds, nuts, Swiss chard, wheat germ and soya bean oil.
NSAIDs( Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) are known to be common pain relievers that can be used to relieve backaches. Common NSAID’s include aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen. NSAID’s are considered extremely effective in treating pain that occurs due to muscle strains or arthritis. In addition to relieving pain, these medications are also considered beneficial in reducing inflammation. In most cases, these medications can be consumed orally. You can also apply them to the affected areas topically to experience relief from backache. Although rare, these medications can trigger certain side effects such as vomiting, nausea, ulcers, swelling and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Oxycodone, also known as Oxycontin, is known to be a narcotic pain reliever. Drugs.com states that oxycodone is similar to morphine. There are two types of this medication: extended release tablet and immediate release tablet. Extended release tablets are known to stay for a long period in the body, but are less effective. Immediate release tablets are released within a span of few minutes into the system and are effective in reducing pain. However, they do not remain for a long time in the body.
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A small amount (1-3 puffs from waterpipe or vaporizer, preferably) of cannabis will enable you to exercise and stretch while experiencing back pain.
The sooner (don't even waste a minute) you exercise/stretch after you hurt your back, the better. It will be counterintuitive, but you must work slowly and methodically through the pain by exercise and stretching- carefully. This is where the natural herb helps. Don't be tempted to do more than a little at a time, and don't use it except as medicine (for the most part). I have a presciption, being lucky enought to live in a state that allows this. What a Godsend!
Exercises that develop the strongest core/abdominal muscles are the best. Don't be afraid to use (even heavy) weights to get as strong as you can, but build up to it SLOWLY. I have lived w/ a bad back for 20 years; conditioning slowly to build up to hard exercise is best. Walking, running uphill, biking work great. Don't rest between sets, & try to get as strong as possible. This will build up your core muscles through working the muscles of your limbs.
Hydration is important- I stongly believe that drinking A LOT of water obviates back injury, and also helps one exercise after injury! Vitamin C, spinach/greens, vegs, and lean protein and good fats will also help lower back pain. Heating pad saved me initially. Now I only resort to aspirin occasionally. Tea is good as well (caffeine helps w/ pain).
Stretching in the shower after you exercise is needed: start w/ head between your legs, move head as far as range of motion permits, in every direction. Side bends will help so much- build up. This helped me become a very strong person at the gym; I didn't want to have to lift weights regularly, but I have to.
So I am either really strong and feel good, or I'm in pain and out of shape. C'est la vie. I had to learn the hard way, and suffered for 12 years before I LOST MY EXCESS WEIGHT and got strong. Educate yourself & PLAN ON SUCCESS- ALWAYS!
#1 - KEN - 01/10/2009 - 01:54
what does the warm honey do?
I have some pinch nerve and my bak is killing me!:-(
thanks for these remedies :-)
#2 - patricia - 04/27/2009 - 00:25
How about the upper back? What remedies should i use? Thank you.
#3 - Riri - 07/27/2009 - 10:15
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#4 - Susan - 11/03/2009 - 23:37
Have tried out the two exercises they are fantastic,have felt much much beta,i believe i would be fine by tomorrow.
#5 - chris - 12/26/2009 - 11:28
I'm going to try these exercises, been in pain for a few days after shoveling snow.
#6 - Al - 02/13/2010 - 10:38
:-P u no it
#7 - waggas - 02/19/2010 - 11:48
My boyfriend just played basketball and , he has tried the exercise....... It has helped him alot NOW he can actually move his legs upwards.........
#8 - vicki - 03/09/2010 - 01:01
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#9 - lavanya - 03/20/2010 - 04:54
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#11 - melany - 04/21/2010 - 19:06
Solutions to avoid Backpain
1. Daily warm-up exercises and Yoga.
2. Intake of water frequently.
3. Massage the back area with a mixture of eucalyptus or mustard oil to reduce pain spasms.
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#12 - amitkumar - 05/05/2010 - 01:39
Take a huge piece of cloth boil it salt water now cover it with another piece of cloth and massage on back.
#13 - Naveen - 05/25/2010 - 01:08
my bad works after a gym workout, what is the best way to heal my back at home! Ice?, etc?>-(
#14 - Dharminder Singh - 06/03/2010 - 21:37
Passed through my family generations - pour 2 cups of Epson Salt in a hot bath...best to get the water as warm as you can comfortably. relax in the tub for at least 20 minutes. this will help with just about any body ache if submerged in the water. helps me greatly with aches in my hips and legs! Love it!
Epson Salt has many, many, many uses!!!!
#15 - emac - 06/24/2010 - 21:30
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#16 - Linda - 07/21/2010 - 05:52
I have suffered with back pain since I was 15 years old,,,that's over 8 years now. Mine was due to scoliosis, but now that and the type of work I done as a teen, not to mention 2 babies only 21 months apart has put a nicker on me. I'm not one to ingest things that are nasty or strong in taste, let alone pain meds. I have tried exercises the doctors told me to use for the scoliosis, but now those only hurt worse. Thanks for the insights on how to gradually work my way up with the exercises.
#18 - MumOf2 - 08/25/2010 - 12:17
after cancer left me with 3 colasped vertabre
the only thing that seem to work long
is vick vapour rub put liberal amount on the area rub in well rest on a hard surface with your back as straight as possible and your knees at about 45 degrees for about 10 mins curl up into a ball afterwards to strech the muscle and get back to your regular routine this work as i do 12 hour shifts of manual labour
#19 - simon - 09/10/2010 - 10:19
i agree with ken. herb helps me more then the painpills i take.and when i had cancer twelve yrs ago i did not get sick at all cause of herb. i have pain just about everyday. i have a medicine back heat pack and what a diffeence that makes.i bought three so far when i loan one out i don't get it back cause it works that good and then i loaned the second one out and same thing happened.lol. this third one i'm not loaning out. i don't remember what indian site i got it from. when i find out i will post it here.
#20 - june - 11/05/2010 - 12:59
My left leg is a slilghtly shorter than my right one (about a half inch) , and for some reason this is increasing as I get older. (I'm 70.) I had back pain 20 years ago for the first time. I eventually cured it by putting a lift in my left shoe and have worn a lift in that one shoe ever since then. Recently I had back pain again that wouldn't go away. I put a second lift in my left shoe and it got rid of my back pain again.
Having one leg shorter than the other causes the pelvis to be tipped and throws off the alignment of the vertebrae. Nerves leaving the spinal column can become pinched when vertebral alignment is off.
Also, when I work out at the fitness center I don't use any equipment that would put pressure on my spine and compressi vertebrae together.
Hints for avoiding back trouble that I've come across over the years:
-Wear only shoes with REAL GOOD SHOCK ABSORBERS.
-Don't ever pick up or carry anything heavy.
-Only buy and use very small handbags.
-At the supermarket, always take your groceries to the car in the shopping cart, no matter how few.
-Install a cushioned toilet seat in your bathroom. When you are in a hurry, there is a tendency to plunk down on the toilet and this causes shock to the vertebral column.
-Walk. Walking helps relieve back pain.
#21 - Strand - 11/26/2010 - 23:25
i have back spasems and dont know how to cure them?:-
#22 - jessica - 11/30/2010 - 10:36
Thanks for all the comments and helpful advice. I'm always told that curing back pain is difficult an it's different things which work for different people. Even doctors will admit that there is a lot still unknown about the back.
I've been suffering from constant chronic back pain for the last 5 days which my doctor said was a side effect of the flu?! It's been so bad that I can't sit, stand, lay an I've been getting next to zero sleep even with over the counter pain killers (have been taking paracetamol and ibuprofen).
I wanted to share with you what worked for me last night to get a good night's sleep: I took my 400mg ibuprofen and 1000mg paracetamol after dinner (drinking plenty of water all day). Ran a HOT bath with normal bubble bath and just laid and soaked in it for an hour. I think the heat helps the pain killers to kick in faster. Went straight to bed and slept through for 7 hours before the ache came back. So will be doing this again tonight.
#23 - Andy - 12/18/2010 - 02:42
Hi friends, This is Internationally known yoga master here, teaching the goodness of yoga to the people of india and abroad for over a decade. In my experience, i've cured many backache patients. So try to meet a right yoga teacher and 100% get rid of it. Remember dont take any medicines. Just perform yoga with right technique and worship your body. Take care. Yours in yoga, Shafik.
#24 - email@example.com - 01/07/2011 - 04:26
My boyfriend is having severe back pain form chopping wood everyday and helping rebuild an apartment for his boss. Its always his lower back. We dont have alot of money so i need something cheap that works.
#25 - elsie - 01/12/2011 - 09:19
my fiance has been having a lot of back pain seems he is a builder/contractor I was wondering if there is something that will work for him seems he doesn't get a lot of sleep because of it and it's hard for him to work with it being that sore that he can barely move :-
#26 - mandy - 01/20/2011 - 10:58
for precaution from sun stroke carry a onion whereever u go its smell itself keeps away the sunstrroke, i usualy keep a onion in my tiffin bag,and in my car, under my cap if i wear, always shade ur self from sun rays directly carry a small towel or umbrella it also saves u from darkening,eat lots of cucumber the seasonal veggie for good health and complextion
#27 - puram ravi shankar - 04/03/2011 - 10:56
i have been suffering back ache since early in the morning and unable to sleep, to remain stand, sit or walk due to severe pain in my lower back, i cannt figure out whether the problem is with my muscles or with my vertebral column (back bone), i just took a brufen 400 tab
#28 - ahmed - 04/08/2011 - 18:27
It is very good information and is very helpful
#29 - JK - 05/24/2011 - 17:33
:-):-) I hope this works!!!
#30 - RS - 05/28/2011 - 22:18
i am suffering from slip disc problem since 1993.Now in the recent MRI, the gap between L4-L5 & L5-S1 has reduced(10 & 11mm). And due to this a severe pain in my right leg mainly below knee and mild pain in back. Doctor has advise me to go for surgury, but the results of surgury is also not so good and most of the poeple surgically operated to whom i have met r not advising surgury due to its post effects. So please advise me any proper & effective wayout to cope with this problem.
#31 - balraj singh - 08/23/2011 - 23:20
Being a chronic back pain sufferer, I've used multiple back pain treatments including a TENS unit, massage therapy, rehabilitation, back pain exercises and back strengthening exercises, heat and cold therapy, various back pain medicine including NSAIDs and prescription back pain relievers, etc. I've learned that strengthening and conditioning your back (stomach muscles) really helps minimize injury and inflammation, as well as learning how to lift properly, bending and twisting properly, etc. My back pain causes began with the birth of my first child, then a serious car accident in '97. Physical therapy is a very good option to relieve chronic back pain, and proper ergonomics, stretching, etc. are very important. i try to help others learn what they can do to reduce their back pain naturally, etc. from what i've learned in my journey at my personal back pain blog, Stop Back Pain Cause Now. i really appreciate your information, and utilize it regularly as a reference when researching or answering others' questions. thank you very much for your invaluable information.
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#33 - mrs nasim - 09/16/2011 - 07:48
It can also be defined as a degenerative disorder in which the vertebral bone or the intervertebral disc becomes soft and loses shape. As a result the spine loses its flexibility causing acute pain in the back. Women are very vulnerable to back pain during pregnancy.i really appreciate your information, and utilize it regularly as a reference when researching or answering others' questions. thank you very much for your invaluable information.
#34 - Johannes Klupfel - 11/12/2011 - 12:43
i dont believe PCH brcause u all say the samething to everyone about the vk in topeka going to win
#35 - valerie knight - 01/11/2012 - 00:37
i have back heards on my nose watt is a better ways i can do for it
#36 - swetha - 03/12/2013 - 08:34