Back pain can change your life. Any of the millions of people who have suffered from intense back pain will tell you that you that it can make it impossible for you to work, do household chores, or perform your responsibilities; it can even get in the way of the most basic day-to-day activities.
People who suffer from serious back or neck pain can become less optimistic about life in general; research has shown that people who suffer from chronic pain are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts. It can be truly discouraging to have to wake up every day, only to experience the same debilitating pain. For these reasons, it is important to fight back pain. To do this, we need to develop an understanding of where it comes from, how it works, and how it can be addressed.
Many factors can contribute to back pain. Often, the root of sufferers’ pain is not caused by one catalyst, but by a combination of factors. Even when a specific event is the trigger for the pain, other conditions may contribute to the pain’s severity, or may prevent the patient from recovering from his or her injury. Some of the factors that can cause back pain are stress, muscle strain or inflammation, bone fractures, herniated discs, nerve damage, and spinal injuries.
Prevention is better than cure; if you have not yet suffered from back pain, or are not currently suffering from it, there are many things you can do to help prevent it from occurring. Try to avoid inflammatory agents like sugars and trans-fats. Drink alcohol in moderation, and avoid excessive intake of red meat.
Depending on the severity and cause of back pain, many different treatment methods can be employed. For pain rooted in muscle strain or muscle spasms, techniques such as massage or warm compresses may be effective. For chronic inflammation causing back pain, sufferers will have to reduce their intake of inflammatory substances, and possibly take anti-inflammatory medication. There are also many natural anti-inflammatory foods that can help address pain due to inflammation. For more serious back, caused by injury, surgery may be required. Spinal decompression, a non-invasive treatment method, is also an effective way of treating back injuries and pain. To deal with pain, pain medication may be prescribed, in varying degrees of strength, depending on the nature and severity of the pain, as well as other factors that may limit medication options.
With proper diet, exercise, posture, and rest, most back pain can be remedied. For those with more aggressive pain though, there is still hope. Even if these natural methods cannot cure your pain on their own, used in conjunction with other treatment techniques, they can contribute significantly to your health and well-being.