Most people suffer from upper or lower back pain at some time during their lives that needs treatment. The majority of backaches are not symptoms of serious disease, but are a variety of disturbances in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones or underlying organs. 70% of sufferers will have recovered within a week and over 90% within a month. Very few back problems become serious, however they are debilitating when they happen.
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
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.
Back 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.
Treatment of acute attacks consists traditionally of rest, local heat and simple pain killers.
Natural treatments that may help include:
Massage - around the vertebrae is relaxing and relieves muscle tension
Relaxation techniques - will lessen pain and aid healing
Chiropractic or osteopathic treatment can also help
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 product Yucca. 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.
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.
DL Phenylalanine - extends the life of endorphins (natural pain killers) naturally occurring in the body.
Magnesium - Essential for neuromuscular system and connective tissue, especially bone. Essential for the proper contraction and relaxation of muscles in the body.
You can get both herbs in the one product.
Pain Relief is our strongest natural anti inflammatory and pain reliever.
Mineral Power - a great mineral complex for the health of your bones. May be used to treat or retard the progression of Osteoporosis.
Glucosamine - essential for the health of your joints. Assists cartilage health and repair - useful for both osteo- and rheumatoid-arthritis
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