Ask the Doc: How to Treat Back Pain Without Painkillers
In our last “Ask the Doc” post, we discussed how to avoid back pain. But, what do you do if you already suffer from back pain? In this “Ask the Doc” post, J.R. asks, “how do I treat back pain naturally, without drugs.”
If you have ever suffered from chronic back pain, chances are, you’ve probably tried everything to treat it, all to no avail and you may have even been told that you’ll just have to love with the pain. To just keep taking painkillers until the pain goes away. However, pain medication does not treat the pain, it only masks it and may leave you feeling groggy. Other times, it just plain doesn’t work. Most pain medications have addictive properties as well that can lead to a drug dependency. If you’re trying to find permanent relief from back pain, it’s time to stop turning to pain killers. Here are a few ways to help relieve back pain without using drugs.
1. Light Exercise
Many times, when people begin to experience warning signs of back pain, they deal with it by ceasing all activity. However, bed rest will not help you avoid back pain. If you’re starting to notice minor back pain, the best way to deal with it is to fight back. Do some simple stretching exercises and go for walks. Staying active will help ease back pain. And, building up your abs can also help protect your back.
2. Weight Loss
Along with exercise, another highly effective way to help ease back pain is weight loss. It only makes sense that the extra weight would put added pressure on your spine. Shedding even only a few pounds can do wonders for your back.
3. Daily Stretching
If you suffer from back pain, a daily stretching/workout regimen can help you get back on your feet in no time at all. Take a few minutes each day to do some stretches – maybe even pick up yoga. Yoga has been proven to help reduce the effects of back pain. It promotes proper breathing, strengthens muscles, and stretches out your spine.
4. Eat Healthy
Inflammation in tissue and joint cells is a known cause of back pain. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet chocked full of fresh fruits and veggies has been shown to reduce inflammation and maintain good nutrition.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, you owe it to yourself to get a massage! Go to the spa or have your partner massage your back, shoulder blades, and any other problem areas. You might be surprised at what a trained masseuse can do.
6. See a Chiropractor
Although some of these steps can help reduce your back pain, they don’t treat it. If your back pain lasts for more than a few weeks or is chronic or severe, it’s best to seek help immediately to determine the cause of your back pain. After the cause is pinpointed, we can recommend a treat to help relieve your pain.
The best way to successfully treat back pain without the use of addictive pain medications is to see a chiropractor. Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida, has helped thousands of patients relieve their back pain. If you suffer from back pain give us a call today at (352) 430-2121.