Home Remedies For Backache
Backaches are one of the most common ailments prevalent today. There are several causes of backache. Sedentary living habits, hazardous work patterns, and psychological conditions associated with emotional stress are known to bring about spasms in the muscles, causing backaches. Besides muscular pain, backaches can also originate from the nerves, ligaments, tendons, and joints or could be linked to the spine. Bad posture or illness could also trigger a backache. As the back bears the weight of the entire body, overweight persons feel an additional strain on the back when they have to carry an extra load. Backache affects at least 80% of people at some time and most often concentrates in the low back. This result is an estimated 40 million days of lost work, at a cost of $70 billion. Poor postural habits are a major contributing cause, while other factors include repeated strains or microtrauma, muscle tension, nutritional deficiencies, and reflex irritation from related internal organs. When repeated episodes of injury are added to this mix, the discs become subject to thinning, deterioration or rupture. These events can also gradually lead to arthritic changes.
About 80% of adults suffer from back pain at some time in their lives, Backaches are categorized as acute and chronic, acute pain is caused by movement or excessive use of the back which can injure the muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons. There are some powerful home remedies for back pain that we will share with you.
Chronic pain is a reoccurring backache that results from normal movements or for no particular reason, and can also affect the tendons, ligaments, and bones.
Problems with some organs can cause back pain as well, for example, kidney infection, prostate problems, female pelvic disorder, bladder, and even constipation can be felt in the lower back. Back pain is very common during pregnancy, due to the considerable anatomical changes and stress in the body. Carrying a child changes the position of your internal organs putting a huge amount of pressure on the lower spine. The increase in body weight, the muscle-relaxing effects of the hormone progesterone, and the change in your center of gravity contribute to the problem. That’s why every day as your baby grows it’s harder to get up and down chairs and beds. The use of home remedies for back pain is essential for expecting moms.
If you have back pain you can feel also muscle aches, locked areas in your back, stiff neck, and your whole body will ache.
Other causes of back pain can be poor postural habits, strains, microtrauma, muscle tension, and nutritional deficiencies. When repeated episodes of injury are added to this mix, the discs become thin, deteriorated, or rupture. These events can also lead to arthritic-related conditions. With nerves close by, swelling or compression in the spine often results in neuritis, lumbar neuralgia, or sciatica.
With nerves close by, swelling or compression in the spine often results in neuritis, lumbar neuralgia, or sciatica.
Conditions that may cause backache to include:
- Degenerative diseases such as spinal stenosis, spondylitis disease; discogenic disease; facet joint hypertrophy
- Traumatic injuries or accidents such as vertebral fractures; lumbar strains and sprains; ligamentous injuries, musculoskeletal injuries
- Inflammation such as arachnoiditis; arthritis (e.g. Ankolysing Spondylitis)
- Bacterial or viral infections such as meningitis; vertebral osteomyelitis; epidural abscess; urinary tract infection; intervertebral discitis; radiculopathy
- Congenital diseases such as spondylosis; tethered cord syndromes
- Metabolic diseases such as osteoporosis; Paget’s Disease; diabetic radiculopathy
- A tumor, can either be benign tumor or malignant. A malignant tumor can be primary or metastatic.
Herbal medicines are used similarly to medical drugs in this type of condition, though with far more safety. Both the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities of plants can be used effectively and taken for prolonged periods of time. Other benefits are relief of muscle spasms and repair of connective tissue and cartilage tissue. Bioflavonoids and other healing factors contained in herbs, along with well-known nutritional substances like glucosamine sulfate, can complete deeper repair and strengthening of tissues. The herbs listed under Arthritis can provide further help for chronic joint dysfunction. If nerves become inflamed or compressed, additional sedatives and nerve-repairing herbs may be needed.
Prevention Tips for Back Pain
- There are several useful tips to avoid backache and these include:
- Improve your posture
- Regular back and abdominal exercises can keep your back in excellent physical condition
- Ensure that your mattress provides firm support
- Sleep on your side (in an “S” shape) or place pillows between your knees to provide comfort to your back
- If you lift heavy objects, bend at the hips and knees, and keep your back straight
- Wear flat shoes with good arch support if you stand for long periods of time
- Take regular breaks and move around rather than sit or stand in one position for several hours
- Sit on an ergonomic chair when working on a computer or make sure that your chair supports the small of your back
- Reduce the weight of your handbag, as a heavy load creates stress on your spine
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes, as they can lead to back pain
Home Remedies For Backache
- Two or three cloves(Garlic) should be taken every morning.
- An oil prepared from garlic and rubbed on the back will give a good result in backache.
- Boil oil mix with Camphor & apply on your Back.
- Ginger paste and eucalyptus oil could be applied to the affected area.
- Heat/Ice therapy is a simple and effective option for finding back pain relief at home.
- A Proper Diet can prevent back pain and help control the symptoms of existing conditions. Nutritional supplements, herbs, and vitamins are all important parts of an alternative back pain relief program.
- Massage the affected area with herbal oils using knuckles and increase pressure slowly. Barberry-Berberis vulgaris
- Low backache, often related to kidney weakness or congestion.
- For sciatica and neuralgia with radiating pain and weakened muscles
- Use in rheumatic disorders, sciatica, bursitis, neuralgia, and gout.
- Black Cohosh-Cimicifuga racemosa
- Anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing muscle spasms in low back and neck.
- Suitable for the wry neck (torticollis), sciatica, neuralgia, and intercostal (rib) neuralgia. Treats muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
- The easy and helpful remedy for back pain is to take a piece of chebulic myrobalan after taking every meal.
- Heat the coconut oil or sesame oil on low flame adding 8 pieces of garlic in it. When the mixture became cool, apply it and give massage the affected area with light hands. Keep it for 3-4 hours. Take bath with warm water.
- Vitamin C rich foods are good in relieving the pain of backache. One should eat 2,000 mg of vitamin C every day. Orange, grapes, pineapple, etc are fruits that are rich in vitamin C and it is a cure for back pain.
- Black Haw-Viburnum prunifolia
- With aspirin-like ingredients, relieves spasms and neuralgia of the back and neck, sciatica, leg cramps, tension headache, wry neck, and digestive spasms.
- A nervous system tonic and sedative help with backache during menses.
- Boswellia-Boswellia Serrata
- Strong anti-inflammatory effects, reduce stiffness and pain.
- Works for acute problems, but needs 2-4 weeks for maximal effects.
- Improves circulation around inflamed joints, ligaments, and tendons.
- Bromelain-Pineapple/Ananas comosus
- An enzyme found in pineapple stem helps resolve late stages of inflammation, speeding healing and reducing the potential for scar tissue.
- Corydalis-Corydalis soldida
- Chinese herb that relieves the pain of all kinds, especially from injury.
- Sedative, analgesic, relieves spasms and abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea.
- Often used in combination with other complementary herbs.
- Devil’s Claw-Harpagophytum procumbens
- Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herb, with rapid results.
- Useful for low backache, arthritis, chronic rheumatic disorders, neuralgia, and headaches. The whole herb preparation works best.
- Dong Quai- Sinensis
- Reported to possess 1.5 times the analgesic activity of aspirin.
- Relieves backache, cramping, muscular spasms, and inflammation.
- Also for menstrual cycle regulation, anemia; a liver and heart tonic.
- Horse Chestnut-Aesculus hippocastanum
- Low back, sacrum, and sacroiliac pain. Stiff, weak back that “gives out.”
- Helps with arthritic and rheumatic backache with heaviness, and swelling.
- Jamaican Dogwood-Piscidia erythrina
- Strong sedative, pain-relieving, and antispasmodic effects.
- Especially valuable for muscular back spasms and pain, but also used in asthma, menstrual pain, insomnia, toothache, or nervous conditions.
- Kava Kava-Piper methysticum
- Relaxes muscles, and reduces internal and external spasms and cramps.
- Pain reliever, plus enhances pain-reducing effects of aspirin and drugs.
- No hangover, tolerance, build-up, or addiction, typical of medical drugs.
- Meadowsweet-Filipendula ulmaria
- The herbal forerunner of aspirin provides anti-inflammatory pain relief.
- No gastric irritation like medical NSAIDs; neutralizes stomach acids and general internal acidity.
- Valerian-Valeriana officinalis
- Relaxing and sedative effects reduce the transmission of pain signals.
- Muscle relaxant relieves muscle spasms and contractures due to stress and tension; eases menstrual pain, colic, asthma, and irritable bowel spasm.
- Wild Yam-Dioscorea villosa
- Indicated for backache characterized by sharp, knife-like sensations.
- A relaxant is used for pain originating in the digestive system, gall bladder, nervous system, and uterus. Supplies precursors for adrenal cortisol.
Home remedies for back pain are used with far more safety than drugs, especially in pregnant women.
Author: Dr Izharul Hasan