Natural Treatment Options For Upper and Lower Back Pain Vital to a healthy back are the midsection of the body, good posture, weight control, spinal alignment, rest and stress management
The many underlying causes of upper or lower back pain may be one or several conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, infection and fever, tumours, weak stomach muscles, peptic ulcer, emotional tension or stress, female problems, gallstones lodged in the common bile duct, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, slipped or ruptured disks or other spinal cord injuries, abnormal curvature of the spine and disorders of the urinary system
Muscle strain or sprain results from excessive or improper physical exertion, incorrect posture, sleeping on soft beds or incorrect lifting. Obesity or simply carrying too much weight, flat feet and unequal leg length are other factors that may be responsible for back pain. Muscles can contract together in spasms that are very painful. A backpain that is accompanied with fever or a headache should receive medical attention.
The spine is a very complex structure which is never still. The slightest movement, including breathing, involves the spine. Man's upright posture puts additional stress on the neck and lumbar regions, which are the commonest sites of back pain. The pain may be sharp and sudden in onset, or an ache may develop gradually over several hours or overnight. There is often an obvious cause such as unaccustomed activity, or a strain during strenuous movement (lifting, digging, twisting the trunk), but back pains may come on without relation to any particular activity
Treating the pain naturally may help. Massage around the vertebrae is relaxing and relieves muscle tension. Relaxation techniques will lessen pain and aid healing. Chiropractic or osteopathic treatment can help. Treatment of acute attacks consists traditionally of rest, local heat and simple pain killers. Natural pain killers include the herb White willow, and the amino combination DL Phenylalanine. Inflammation can also be relieved by the use of herbs such as Wild Yam, Turmeric, Boswellia and the herbal combination Yucca AR. We always recommend a supplement of anti inflammatory oils in a combination such as Efamarine (contains fish oil and evening primrose oil). If pain is severe enough to keep you on your back, or if it hasn't improved considerably in two or three days, consult your back care provider. Early treatment on your back often speeds recovery, and your back care provider will recommend exercises, postural correction and care in movements to prevent or reduce further back problems
Certain nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy back. Protein is necessary for firm supporting tissue, however animal sources will contain uric acid and are best avoided until your back is healed. Spirulina and chlorella are excellent natural sources of protein, as are soy products. Magnesium is essential for the proper contraction of muscles in the body and a deficiency of this can cause muscles to become tense, which could lead to back problems. Magnesium Complex is a good supplement