Naturopathic Physician Questions Back Pain

Can you recommend natural treatment for back pain?

I have a backache that occurs when I sit. Can you please recommend natural treatment to deal with this back pain?

4 Answers

For most back problems, exercise and movements are the natural stimuli for the healing process, meaning gradual, progressive exercise, that is. This most often provides the best long-term solution for reducing back pain and preventing or at least lessening any future episodes. Most experts advise against any prolonged periods of inactivity as this can increase back pain, as the back becomes stiff, weak, and deconditioned. Also, you may be experiencing what is called the Piriformis syndrome. It is believed to be caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve as it passes through the buttocks region. When the sciatic nerve is constricted and irritated, the individual will experience the symptoms of what is believed to be the Piriformis syndrome. These symptoms may include back pain and pain and numbness in the buttocks going down the leg. Often, the symptoms are worsened with prolonged sitting. Set a timer for 30-60 minutes to remind yourself to get up and stretch/move.
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Low back pain is so common, most of us experience some level of lower back pain occasionally or, for many, constantly. Simple lower back aching and discomfort uncomplicated with no disc or other structural problem can usually be relieved with stretching, yoga, posture correction, massage, chiropractic adjustment, hot packs or soaking, acupuncture, or acupressure. These are a few suggestions, but usually the right stretches and correcting your posture will help.

Dr. Nolting
There are a lot of ways to approach the treatment of back pain naturally. Taking natural anti-inflammatories, such as, Boswellia, Curcumin or Bromelain can reduce inflammation. Homeopathic medicines are very helpful to reduce pain and stiffness. Acupuncture can be extremely effective with treatment of back pain. Check with your physician before starting any new supplement or treatment. There is so many ways to help with back pain that are non-addictive, helps function as well as pain and have few side effects.