Natural help for back pain

good posture helps prevent back pain

Many of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives, but for some people back pain can become chronic. Below I offer some suggestions which may help:-

If you do suffer from back pain discuss these ways of helping with your medical practitioner.  

Acupuncture - acupuncture is a complementary therapy that you may be able to get on the NHS.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that pain is a blockage to the flow of qi, the life energy, or that qi is congested. Qi flows along channels called meridians along which the acupuncture points are located. Needles are inserted just under the skin to encourage the flow of qi (don't be surprised if needles are inserted somewhere other than your back!) It has been found to be very effective for chronic back pain.  

Correct posture faults- we sit at our desks, in our cars and on our sofas and most of our everyday tasks are forward reaching.  The result can be rounding in the upper and lower back caused by tight hamstrings, hip flexors, chest and shoulder muscles and weak core muscles.  Yoga can help.  Nowadays rest is not recommended for back pain except when the pain is severe.  The advice is 'keep moving'.  For help on improving posture please see the following yoga videos on my You Tube Channel:-

'How yoga improves health - posture 1'

'How yoga improves health - posture 2'

Serrapeptase - I have mentioned serrapeptase before but it is my number one recommendation for any inflammation in your body.  For more information on this please see 'Beating inflammation with serrapeptase'.

Beat stress - according to the 'Gate theory of pain', pain can be influenced by psychological factors. The pain messages pass through 'gates' in the spinal cord.  When these gates are open, the pain is felt intensely.  What opens these 'gates'?  Anxiety, fear, depression, stress, fatigue or absence of distractions. What closes these 'gates'? Yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, acupuncture, hypnosis, and TNS.  In other words our 'suffering' is influenced by our thoughts and emotions. Yoga can also help reduce stress, depression and anxiety. 
Please see the following yoga videos on my You Tube Channel:-

'Yoga for stress series'

'Yoga for mild depression'

'Yoga for anxiety'

Meditation releases endorphins from the brain stem which are the body's natural painkillers.  For help on relieving stress, anxiety and depression through yoga please see 'Meditation, Ancient help for 21st century stress'.

Sleep well - if you have chronic back pain try placing a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back or between your knees if you sleep on your side.  Poor sleep is stressful for your body (see above).

You might also like:-

'Mindful of your posture'

'Yoga for seniors - Posture 1'

'Yoga for seniors - Posture 2'

'Yoga to rebalance - a good night's sleep'

'Love your sleep'

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