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Natural Cures to Alleviate Back Pain

Water aerobics for back pain

When it comes to back pain, it is important to see the right specialist so that you can get your body on track to healing. A doctor can diagnose what is causing your back pain and support you in finding the treatment that works best for you. In the meantime, there are a number of things you can do on your own to support your healing or perhaps even prevent new back injuries from occurring.

Endorphins to Improve Back Pain

Your body naturally produces endorphins, a hormone that helps to lessen pain. They work very similarly to opioid pain medications like oxycodone or morphine. Engaging in any kind of physical activity that raises your heart rate will trigger the release of your endorphins. However, it may seem counterintuitive to participate in exercise when your back is in pain. In many circumstances, your doctor can recommend a water-based exercise like water aerobics to take the pressure off your lower back.

Warm Water

Taking a long soak in warm water has long been known to relieve muscle pain. At the end of a long day, simply draw a bath in your regular tub, whirlpool, or even a warm pool. Soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes to help your body relax and get your body ready for bed. You may also choose to enhance your bath experience with essential oils or Epsom salts. This may help you get a better night’s sleep.

Stay Hydrated

We all have heard that it is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. However, many of us don’t know why we are doing it or how it can benefit the health of our lower back. Drinking water can help to improve the feeling of stiffness and encouraging the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen to places that need it most. Water also helps to flush toxins out of the body and relieve constipation.

Ice Therapy

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may be able to use ice therapy to help relieve the inflammation and slowing down nerve impulses. You can simply use an ice or gel pack wrapped in a towel and placed directly onto the site of the pain. Leave the pack on the site for about 5 minutes to get the most relief.

Your doctor may want you to try any of these remedies along with investing in a back brace. If you are concerned with how you can pay for this kind of medical aid, you should know that back braces are covered by insurance and Medicare. Aeroflow carries popular and trusted brands like Delco and Aspen so you can always be sure that you are getting the best bracing solution to help you find relief.

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