How to Treat Chronic Back Pain

One of the most difficult things to deal with can be chronic pain, especially when it never seems to go away. A common type of chronic pain is in your back, which makes it hard to do just about everything, from sleeping to just driving your car. Luckily, there are some things you can do to manage your symptoms and pain.

Generally speaking, chronic back pain is extremely common among adults all over the world. This condition can become extremely difficult to deal with because it can cause even the most able-bodied person to become immobile, and can prevent them from doing even the most basic tasks to take care of themselves, others, and their environment. Even though there are quite a few solutions to this condition, some people will still lack the resources to obtain help. In addition to that, there are varied causes for back pain, so not all solutions are viable options.

What Is Back Pain? 

Back pain is any kind of pain the emanates from the back area. The back can easily be divided into different sections: the lower back, middle back, and upper back. Injuries sustained in each of these regions may point to a specific cause at times, but it is possible for it to not always be just so. Typically, back pain can come from repeated actions of muscle strains, but it can also come from more serious disorders and injuries that take place over a period of time.     

Causes

Back pain can be caused by several things such as overuse of muscles, muscle strain, disk deterioration, nerve damage, nerve malformation, and even lack of use. Being overweight and out of shape are also general causes.

Symptoms

Dull, sharp or radiating pains that stems from the back; limited range of motion; difficulty standing without pain are just a few of the common symptoms.

Treatment

For back pain, there are a variety of treatment options, from chiropractic care and physical therapy, getting massages, changing your lifestyle, surgery, or taking pain relief medications. This will depend on the type of back pain you have.

Natural Remedies

Having a good, well rounded exercise routine can help to prevent future injuries. When muscles are stronger, they help to keep other bones and muscles in place during activities. If you are experiencing soreness or tender areas of the back, you can try and soothing warm soak followed by cold compress to ease inflammation. If you’ve seen a doctor and they can’t find a physical reason for your pain, the opinion of a nerve specialist might be the next step.

How Massage Helps with Chronic Back Pain

There are several ways that massage therapy can help alleviate chronic back pain, particularly lower back pain. Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of job disability in the US.

Massage can help to increase blood flow. This helps the muscles recover faster and reduces soreness.

Massage will reduce muscle tension. Some tension is needed in the body to manage our posture and allow us to make general movements. But too much tension can lead to chronic pain.  Research has shown that massage therapy significantly reduces overall muscle tension.

Massage will also increase the important production of endorphins.  These are the “feel good” chemicals in our brains. Massage techniques such as acupressure and trigger point therapy produces these endorphins and can help to reduce pain.

Applying heat during a massage session is highly recommended for lower back pain. This can be done with hot stones, warm towels or hot packs applied both before and after massage.

How Acupuncture Helps With Chronic Pain

If you are looking for a natural remedy that might help with back pain, especially if you deal with chronic pain, acupuncture is a great place to start. It doesn’t require health insurance (but can be covered if available in a chiropractor’s office), and can help with many other ailments at the same time. Here are some things to know about getting acupuncture for back pain or any other type of chronic pain.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
When you go to visit a professional acupuncturist, they will may use between 8 and 16 very thin needles placed at very specific points in the surface of the skin. Several points correspond to areas that may have some sort of disturbance or blockage which may prevent normal function of the various systems of the body. When your acupuncturist needles these areas, they intend to move or disrupt the blockage that is preventing your body from functioning properly.

How It Helps You With Chronic Pain
When the acupuncture needles are inserted in your skin at those specific acupoints, your body will release endorphins that can help to lessen or reduce chronic pain body. The professional acupuncturist will then allow you to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. After you have completed resting, the professional acupuncturist will remove the needles, and then your session is complete. Rounds of acupuncture treatments generally last around 3 months, depending on the practitioner and their specific methods of treatment.

Some methods of acupuncture treatment include agitating, spinning, electrifying the needles. These are generally done to increase the intensity and effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment and bring greater satisfaction to the client. In some cases, the practitioner may include a method called moxibustion, which is the burning of specific therapeutic herbs near the surface of the flesh.

Are Sessions Painful? 
Before a lot of people try acupuncture many of them asked if the procedure is painful. the answer however is no. This is because professional acupuncturist uses extremely thin needles better much better than typical syringe needles which are made to pierce the skin by making a tiny cut as it enters. the result is that a person being treated with acupuncture will experience very little sensation at all, in fact some people become so relaxed by the procedure and the atmosphere that they actually will fall asleep.

Massage therapy and acupuncture are just a few of the natural treatments available for managing chronic back pain. Chiropractic is also a very effective tool for any pain management.  If you have any questions about which treatment may work best for you, schedule a massage and pain management consultation with me by contacting me!

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