Overview and Introduction

Relate to any of the following statements?

  • My back pain makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning
  • I can't walk for more than ten minutes before needing to sit down, my sciatic pain is so bad.
  • I have been to every practitioner including chiropractic, massage and physical therapy. Nothing really seems to get rid of my pain.
  • My pain makes it hard to get day-to-day tasks done.
  • I am on so many medications for my back I cannot stand it.
  • I don’t want to have surgery since the rate of success is less than 50%.
  • Ugh, the activities I used to do and enjoy aren't possible now with my back pain!

We hear you, and we're ready to present some effective natural solutions for you!

Your back pain may not be very serious and may only manifest itself on occasion. On the other hand, it may be chronic and more intense pain that is often frustratingly limiting or debilitating. Your back pain may feel like a dull ache or a more deep-searing pain that extends into your leg(s). The causes for the nature and frequency of back pain are various. It could come from muscle strain, spinal misalignment, or a bulging disc. Know that this guide in no way acts to diagnose your symptoms.

Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the United States and a common reason for missing work. “People with chronic low back pain also use an enormous amount of health care,” said the study’s lead author, Janet K. Freburger, Ph.D., a research associate at the Sheps Center and a research scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging.

Carey and Freburger noted that more than 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain at some time in their lives and that total costs of the condition are estimated at greater than $100 billion annually, with two-thirds of that due to decreased wages and productivity

“Since the costs of back pain are rising, along with the number of cases, current treatments overall do not seem to be very effective,” Carey said. 

Timothy S. Carey, M.D., director of the Sheps Center and Sarah Graham Kenan Professor in the departments of medicine and social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine.

How Natural Medicine Can Help

Traditional medicine usually suggests drugs with some pretty intense side effect profiles. Back surgery can also come with side effects. Drugs and surgery may be appropriate depending on the kind of injury involved. We recognize that such treatments for acute care are needed in certain cases.

With all of that being said, there are natural solutions to help with back problems— and many people see results quickly. At Equilibrium Natural Health we have helped many people decrease or get rid of back pain over the years.

Last year, an active 45-year-old father of three children came in with a chronic history of constipation, fatigue, difficulty sleeping and back pain of a few years. He had tried several medications and had just given up; nothing really seemed to help. As we started meeting with him he worked on changing a few aspects of his diet with cleaner eating habits like avoiding sugar and processed foods to decrease inflammation and pain.

We started him on magnesium to take at night before bed to help as a natural muscle relaxant. We used a professional-grade curcumin for inflammation reduction as well as high grade collagen sources to provide the needed building blocks to repair tissues that had been damaged. He came back only two weeks later and had significant changes, not only in sleep and bowel habits, but he also had some reduction in back pain. He was really happy with the results but wished there was something else that could be done with his back.

We had discussed Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy injections (PRP) as a way to repair his back a little faster and reset his nervous system, but he was unsure about getting injections. He felt like he was making some good progress but was hesitant and wanted to wait two more weeks. He ended up choosing to get two injections and roughly two months later he was doing phenomenal. He was sleeping better because his pain was no longer keeping him up. Today he no longer has back pain during activities and is able to do more physical activities once again. He’s active both with his family and in extracurricular sports that he used to play.

He took an active role in his healing. Treatments in-clinic certainly helped, but his pro-activity in practicing the remedies we offered is what gave him such progress. So are you ready to make some changes in your own lifestyle to reduce your own back pain? Are you ready to invest in your health? With a few simple habit adjustments, after you go through this four-week guide, you could wake up without being sore or achy in your back. You could have way less trouble standing for long periods or be able to load groceries in the car without a flare-up! You could be ready to take on some long-missed activities or sports! So, see this guide as starting place, an opportunity to try out some natural options. This poses no commitment on your part and there's no harm if you find that what we explore doesn't help. You can access the rest of the guide by signing up with your email below! (You'll be asked to confirm your email address)

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It's time to beat your back pain naturally! We look forward to seeing you in the next lessons!

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