Here are some better and safer alternatives to medications:
1. Chiropractic Treatments
Regular have proved to be very effective at helping provide back pain relief, especially when combined with other treatments like physical therapy (if needed), exercise, or soft tissue therapies. Read what patients are saying here.
2. Exercising regularly, including doing both cardio/aerobic exercises, strength training and yoga, can help reduce back pain by increasing flexibility, helping you maintain a healthy weight, reducing inflammation, improving posture and reducing muscular compensations/weakness. The top five exercises to strengthen your core to both prevent lower back pain and provide lower back pain relief are planks, cat and the cow, V-ups, swimmers, and rows.
3.Regular massage. Can help treat and prevent short- and long-term back problems. Massage can help treat the underlying causes of back pain, such as poor posture, muscular compensations, and weakness through manipulative hands on adjustments. Massage and the other treatments can help “turn on” muscles that have been “turned off” due to past injuries and therefore eliminate added stress on painful parts of the back or legs. See how affordable it is here.
4. Prolotherapy for Chronic Injuries/Tissue Damage
Prolotherapy has been used to treat back pain for more than 50 years. Prolotherapy, including the specific type called PRP or dextrose/glucose prolotherapy treatments, use platelet-rich plasma and sometimes stem cells taken from your own body that contain growth factors that help heal damaged tissues.
Prolotherapy treatments work by naturally promoting a minor inflammatory response near damaged connective tissue, promoting regeneration and the growth of new, healthier tissue in the process. These treatments have been used to effectively reduce or heal chronic musculoskeletal conditions of the back, such as herniated/bulging discs, arthritis, osteoarthritis or other chronic joint pains, and tendonitis that affects the lower body and causes compensations in the spine. For the most benefits, it seems that prolotherapy works best when combined with other back pain treatments, such as spinal manipulation, exercise and in some cases medications when needed.
5. An Anti-Inflammatory Diet High in Collagen
If you want to improve overall joint and muscular health, maintain a healthy body weight, lower inflammation, and prevent back pains from returning in the future, consuming a healthy, healing diet is essential! Start adjusting your diet by eating more of the following unprocessed, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory foods to help with lower back pain relief:
To avoid making matters worse by gaining unheathy weight, increasing inflammatory (which contributes to and worsens pain) or creating nutrient deficiencies, make sure to reduce or eliminate the following foods: added sugar, sweetened beverages or snacks, refined vegetable oils, refined grain products, too much alcohol and tobacco products (smoking impairs blood flow and adds to nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues).
6. Supplements to Reduce Inflammation and Pain
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