8 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain affects thousands of Americans everyday. Ongoing suffering can be very debilitating both physically and mentally. The ongoing unpleasant sensation affects the way we move, breathe, go about our day-to-day activities and feel about ourselves.

Pain is a very complex function in the body that can be difficult to manage. There are many therapies both natural and medicinal that are used to help those suffering from it to live more comfortably. Many people who face ongoing aches often try to find more natural, long term solutions to ease their discomfort rather than just taking medications. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we work with each patient one-to-one to help them develop therapies and techniques to help them ease their ongoing discomfort. Here are some natural ways to ease your sore back: 

1.  Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic therapy is one of the best and most effective ways to relieve the constant aches in the lower back. Through regular spinal manipulations, the Chiropractor can realign the vertebrae, allowing the nervous system to send the proper signals to the rest of the body. Chiropractors work with the body's natural healing processes to relieve soreness and irritation of the tissues.  

2.  Yoga 

Yoga has been proven to be an effective exercise to ease ongoing back aches. Through the mindful movement exercises and calming the breathing and your thoughts, yoga helps the muscles to relax so that blood can flow to the tissues. The combination of calm and methodic movements not only eases physical tension but the emotional and mental stress that can impact our feelings of pain as well.  

3.  Massage Therapy 

Massage therapy releases the tension in the tissues surrounding the lower spinal region. When the tissues are more relaxed, the body is less tight and the blood and oxygen can adequately feed the tissues.  Massage therapy also releases endorphins which are the body's natural analgesics; they help relieve the painful feelings in the lower lumbar area.  

4.  Acupuncture 

This ancient Chinese therapy has been proven to help ease chronic discomfort by stimulating specific points in the body. By strategically inserting thin needles into the surface tissue, the body releases its own natural healers and softens the tissues, causing relief of negative aches.  

5.  Aquatic Therapy 

Water takes the weight and pressure off the tissues and joints, allowing for more supportive movement. Exercising in a pool lets the body move more freely without the pressure of gravity pushing on the tissues and joints. Also known as hydrotherapy, it is a highly effective way to strengthen the core while relieving the effects of injury.  

6.  Meditation 

Stress is known to be a precipitating factor of many illnesses, aches and medical conditions. It is very damaging to all parts of the body, including the spinal system. Through meditation and other stress management techniques, people can ease the anxiety and depression that is caused by chronic ailments which further aggravates the condition. 

7.  Moist Heat  

Intermittent moist heat not only relaxes the tissues but also increases blood, oxygen and other vital nutrients to the muscles and area. Once the tissues are relaxed, it is easier to move letting the body's natural healing properties to treat the area and reduce the feeling of pain.  

8.  Sleep 

Getting proper sleep is vital for total health, including pain management. Discomfort in the lower lumbar region can significantly impact our ability to get quality rest. A supportive mattress or sleeping area will help you get comfortable. Doing other therapies to manage the aches can also help your body achieve adequate slumber.  

Chronic pain is a complex and difficult condition to live with and manage. Finding the right treatments to help ease the factors that create the negative sensation will help improve your quality of life. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we work one-on-one with our patients to help them develop an individual treatment plan that can involve various natural therapies with their quality chiropractic care.