Chances are, you have experienced some form of back pain in your life. For some, it is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be very serious and quite painful. Most back problems are the result of misuse of the body through over-exertion or an unnatural twist. Other contributing factors include stress, dehydration, and even shoes that are poorly padded. If you are overweight and don’t get enough exercise, you are at risk for back injuries. If you do not employ good posture when standing or sitting, back pain could result. Back injuries can be very debilitating, as they can sometimes prohibit you from even engaging in the simplest of acts or functions.
Fortunately, many of the causes of back pain are not only treatable, but preventable. Even with all of the natural cures that abound, people still seek out medicinal measures to treat the pain. However, through the use of medicine, you are merely attacking the symptoms and avoiding the cause. In addition to not treating the problem, pain medications can burden you with a host of negative side effects. So, why not consider some natural alternative treatments to this serious and chronic condition?
If you want a healthy back, instead of reaching for the pain medication, try to lift with your legs and not with your back. Exercise frequently to give you added strength and flexibility. When holding something heavy or when lifting a heavy object, avoid any twisting movements of the body. When sitting, keep your back straight and make sure that your lower back is supported. Summer is close at hand, and those cute flip flops look adorable on your feet, but in terms of foot support, they just don’t cut it. If you like to work in the garden, don’t stoop. Finally, when it is time to turn in after a long day, make sure your mattress is soft, but firm, to allow for effective support while you slumber.
Prevention is always your best friend. If back pain sets in before you know it, using natural cures and alternative therapies should be considered before you take medications or undergo any surgery.