Back pain is a global problem – estimates show that over 12 million people every year will see a doctor or health professional about their back pain. There are options for treating back pain that don’t involve taking potentially harsh medication, or simply ignoring the pain and hoping it goes away. Here are 5 different natural ways to get relief from pain.
Exercise - Aside from strengthening the core muscles that support your back, exercise stretches the tight muscles, ligaments and tendons around your spine which supports the healing process and, over time, provides relief from pain. Exercise also releases endorphins which are your body’s natural pain relief. You could try walking, yoga, water therapy or bike riding. However be sure to chat to a professional before beginning any new exercise program to make sure it’s right for you.
Heat therapy - Heat interrupts pain signals to your brain, relaxes soft tissue and increases blood flow to the affected area. You could try a wheat pack, electric heating pad, a hot water bottle, or a warm bath. Bring your heat therapy up to maximum effect by adding aromatherapy – a few drops of relaxing Kunzea Oil can be added to water or certain heat packs to help the muscles relax even more.
Massage - Seeing a qualified massage therapist for hands-on soft tissue manipulation is scientifically proven to be beneficial for reducing the perception of pain. It has direct benefits for muscles, relaxing the soft tissues and increasing blood flow to the area. Massage also stimulates endorphin production, which allows your body to relax and repair. Carefully chosen essential oils make massage techniques even more effective.
Water – Warm water is an age-old therapy technique that is suitable for all budgets and many types of back pain. Immersion in warm water can be a great way for people with back pain to get some exercise – it provides mild resistance and supports some of your body’s weight to make exercising easier.
Kunzea Oil – Aromatherapy has been used in different forms all over the world for centuries. One of the most effective essential oils for back pain is Australian Kunzea, which works to relax muscles and reduce inflammation to assist with pain relief. Gentle, pleasant-scent and readily absorbed by the skin, our Kunzea Products are able to penetrate the skin to calm painful nerves and relax aches and pains. Aromatherapy oils can be used in massage, heat packs, baths and soaks, and other topical products.If you suffer from back pain, talk to myself or a local healthcare professional about some natural treatment options that might work for you before settling for medication. Natural options can achieve some level of relief for most people, especially when more than one method is used as part of a holistic strategy. Don’t live with pain – fight back, naturally.