Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Sore and achy backs are all too common, with more people heading to the doctor for back pain each year than for nearly any other medical concern. (1) Whether you lifted something heavy, you slept on it wrong, or you’ve got an old injury that flares up when it rains… you don’t have to resort to a life that’s either full of back pain or packed with pain-killers.
Gentle stretching and movement, in the form of light exercise, yoga, or tai chi can do wonders to relieve back pain. In fact, one study found that people who suffer from lower back pain garnered more relief from one weekly yoga class for a three month period than through conventional medical interventions. (1)
When you’re stressed or anxious, your body has a “fight or flight” response that tenses your muscles so that it’s able to react quickly if it needs to. As a result, if you have a high-stress work situation or tend to have negative thoughts, you may be more likely to experience back pain. (1) Adding in more self-care practices, like meditation, deep-breathing, or other stress-busting remedies like drinking a warm cup of chamomile tea or relaxing in a warm magnesium bath can do wonders for reducing tension.
If you’re dealing with a back spasm, you have to reduce the inflammation of the muscle before it can repair itself. There are several natural approaches you can employ to help promote healing. Try adding more ginger, turmeric and dark leafy greens to your diet. They can be flavorful additions to your diet, and each of them pack a unique nutritional component that can help your body fight inflammation. (2) Magnesium is quite helpful for this purpose too, as studies have shown that increased magnesium levels decrease inflammation in the body.
Back pain can result from a variety of lifestyle and genetic factors, but luckily, there are some non-pharmaceutical approaches that can help.
Try a gentle yoga class followed by a warm soak in a magnesium bath, and let us know how it goes!