Introduction to Naturally Beating Back Pain
Lesson 1 Chapter 1 Module 1
I cannot get out of bed in the morning because of back pain.
I have been to every practitioner including chiropractic, massage and physical therapy. I’ve had cortisone shots and I don’t want to have surgery.
I am on so many medications for my back I cannot stand it.
I want to be fixed but don’t want to have surgery as the rate of success is less than 50%. I just want to get back to the activities I used to do.
Do you relate to any of the statements above? Unfortunately, many people do. 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.
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 band-aids for acute care are essential when needed. With all of that being said there are natural solutions to help with back problems that can be used— 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, a 45 year old active 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 he was hesitant and wanted to wait for 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 be do more physical activities once again. He’s active both with his family and in extracurricular sports that he used to play.
So are you ready to make some changes in your own lifestyle to eliminate your own back pain? Are you willing to put in some work to get back to the things you love? While changes in lifestyle for healing back pain aren’t always a breeze, making one or two adjustments each week in your daily health practices can make a bigger difference than you may realize. With a few simple habit changes, after you go through this four week guide, you could wake up without being sore in your back. You could have less trouble standing for longer periods. It is important to remember for some that with any change in health habits it may take a little longer for the body to adopt those changes. In other words, if the results aren’t immediate, give it some time and remember that your health is worth investing in.
A Few Things to Remember
The human body is truly amazing in its ability to heal. The body is constantly healing and repairing but sometimes that process can be hindered or blocked. Our task is to remove those blocks and vitalize that healing ability. Looking at the different aspects of your health can give insight as to what may contribute to your back pain. We look at your physical structure, your emotional/stress status as well as your own biochemical makeup (like your diet). In the interest of supporting yourself in each of these areas ask yourself: are you moving in a functional way everyday? Do you drink enough clean water? Are you applying stress management skills each day such as breathing deeply? As you try some of these you will be supporting your basic health needs. When you do that you build a foundation on which you can heal better.