There are many possible causes of back pain but there are treatments that do not require narcotics or have side effects that are worse than the pain you are trying to treat.
Finding ways to relieve your pain can allow you to return to normal activities without dangerous side effects or drug interactions. These natural and safe pain relievers can make it possible for you to live your life.
No Matter what Causes Your Pain
Back muscle pain can be from poor posture, repetitive motions, or just from living an active life.
Arthritis, degenerative disc disease and bulging discs can all be related to poor posture and bad posture can always make your back pain worse.
These Types of Back Pain Treatments are Safe and Effective
You can treat your back pain by
improving your posture with supports and braces.
Electrical stimulation can block the pain
allowing you to get back to living your life.
Topical treatments that you apply to your skin
will relieve inflammation and pain
Using the correct pads and pillows can
cushion tender areas and protect sensitive nerves.
Electrical Stimulation to Relieve Pain
Electrical stimulation has been used for thousands of years to treat pain.
Hippocrates used torpedo fish and other electric fish to treat many different painful conditions.
Ancient Egyption writings depict the use of electrical currents from fish by doctors.
TENS units and electrical stimulation treat pain in several different ways and there really is not any agreement about why it works.
But, the evidence is clear,
it does work.
The Gateway Theory of Pain
The Gateway Theory of Pain states that your brain can only feel one sensation at a time.
As nerves carry messages to your brain, there are junctions or intersections where one sensation is blocked by another sensation that passes through and up to your brain.
Rub Your Hand
This is why you rub your hand after slamming the car door on it. The sensation of rubbing interrupts or blocks the sensation of pain from the injury.
Endorphins and the "Runner's High"
Endorphins are secreted into your bloodstream by your pituitary gland and your central nervous system in response to different types of stimuli.
Vigorous exercise is known to release endorphins and causes the "high" that marathon runners talk about.
Scientists have also shown that sexual activity, eating chocolate and laughter will also stimulate the release of endorphins.
These magic little molecules activate the same receptors as morphine to relieve pain and cause a mild euphoria.
Electrical stimulation with a TENS unit has also been shown to trigger the release of endorphins. This relieves pain without harsh side effects or drug interactions.
Topical Treatments that are Safe and Effective
For All Types of Pain
Topical treatments that can be applied to the skin are fast and effective ways to treat muscle and joint pain.
Specialized formulas penetrate deep into painful inflamed tissues.
Natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can be combined with other natural ingredients that are known to penetrate through the skin and into muscles and joints.
Using patented processes these formulas are combined into proprietary mixtures that allow the penetrating ingredients to "carry" the anti-inflammatories and pain relievers farther and deeper than they would normally go.
This gets the medicine into where it is needed to give you the relief that you are seeking.
Common All Natural Ingredients
Arnica is a natural botanical that has been used in Europe for centuries to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Pyridoxine is a natural anti-inflammatory that is also very important to nerve health. It is effective in preparations used to treat muscle and joint pain but it also works to relieve nerve pain such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.
MSM is a natural sulfur compound that penetrates deep into tissues by making the cell walls more flexible and permeable. This allows lactic acid and other toxins to pass out of the cell and nutrients to pass in. It reduces inflammation because it reduces swelling.
Boswellia Serrata is an natural herb found in Africa and Asia that has been used for centuries as a anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory. It is prominent in Ayurvedic medicine in India.
Recently it has been attracting attention because studies have shown it to be as effective as modern prescription medications without the gastric irritation and risk of GI ulcers.
Posture, Posture, Posture It is all about Your Posture
Whatever is Causing Your Pain
You may have arthritis. You might have degenerative discs. You could have bulging discs.
You may have myofascial or muscle pain and tender trigger points. They will all improve with correcting your posture.
3 Balanced Curves
Your spine was meant to have 3 prominent curves, your lumbar or low back lordosis, your thoracic or upper back kyphosis and your neck or cervical lordosis.
When these curves are correct your spine is balanced without too much strain on any single muscle group.
Relieves Strain and Pressure
Good posture aligns the vertebra and the little facet joints that connect each vertebra to the one above and the one below.
Poor posture puts extra strain on some muscles and allows other muscles to become weak and deconditioned
Don't Make Your Arthritis Worse
When your posture is not good, the vertebra and facet joints are misaligned, causing back pain. It will also make things like arthritis and degenerative disc disease worse.
Supports and braces that correct your posture will pull your shoulders back and help you hold your head up correcting your cervical curve and relieving neck and upper back pain.
Cushions and Bolsters
Cushions and bolsters for your low back will correct your lumbar curve and place your vertebra in the correct orientation relative to each other. This relieves pain and takes the stress off of tired sore muscles.
Correct Alignment relieves excess Pressure on Muscles and Joints
Spinal Alignment Matters
Lying on your side at night in bed causes your pelvis to tilt to the side or rotate pulling your low back out of alignment.
This puts strain on the little facet joints and closes down the space for the nerves causing low back pain and sciatica.
Find the Correct Cushion
The correct cushion between your knees at night will lift the upper leg into a more normal position.
This will allow your pelvis to rotate and take the pull or pressure off of your low back.
You can wake up Rested and Refreshed
When your pelvis and lumbar spine are correctly aligned it will open up the spaces for the nerves and relieve any sciatic pain that you may be experiencing.
Pain Free Comfort makes You a Safe Driver and More Productive at Work
Comfort is Important
Sitting for any length of time will always cause problems with your posture.
When you sit leaning over a desk it reverses the shallow curve in your low back putting stress and strain on the joints and muscles of your lumbar spine.
You Can be More Productive at Work
To be productive at work you must be comfortable and relaxed.
You cannot do your best work when you are experiencing low back pain.
It is a distraction that prevents focus and concentration. It blocks creativity. It stops production.
Drive Safe and Alert
Sitting in your car for long periods of time is dangerous when you have low back pain.
When your back hurts it wears you down. It causes fatigue and ruins your concentration. To be safe and alert when you are driving your car you must be comfortable.
Drive for Hours without Pain
Having the correct support is important, not only for comfort but for safety.
A lumbar cushion or roll will correct your lumbar posture.
Protect Your Low Back
It will properly align your lumbar facet joints and take the strain off of the muscles in your low back.