Back pain is a global problem – estimates show that over 12 million people every year will see a doctor or health professional about their back pain. There are options for treating back pain that doesn’t involve taking potentially harsh medication or simply ignoring the pain and hoping it goes away.
Here are 5 different natural ways to get relief from pain:
Aside from strengthening the core muscles that support your back, exercise stretches the tight muscles, ligaments and tendons around your spine which supports the healing process and, over time, provides relief from pain.
Exercise also releases endorphins which are your body’s natural pain relief. You could try walking, yoga, water therapy or bike riding. However, be sure to chat with a professional before beginning any new exercise program to make sure it’s right for you.
2) Heat therapy
Heat interrupts pain signals to your brain, relaxes soft tissue and increases blood flow to the affected area. You could try a wheat pack, electric heating pad, a hot water bottle, or a warm bath.
Bring your heat therapy up to maximum effect by adding aromatherapy – a few drops of relaxing essential oils can be added to water or certain heat packs to help the muscles relax even more.
3) Massage or Reflexology
Seeing a qualified massage therapist for hands-on soft tissue manipulation is scientifically proven to be beneficial for reducing the perception of pain. It has direct benefits for muscles, relaxing the soft tissues and increasing blood flow to the area. Massage also stimulates endorphin production, which allows your body to relax and repair.
Carefully chosen essential oils make massage techniques even more effective. We have formulated a concentrated massage blend that has been specifically formulated for treating acute conditions and localised areas of discomfort throughout the body. Ideal for trigger point therapy and deep tissue remedial massage.
4) Water Therapy
Warm water is an age-old therapy technique that is suitable for all budgets and many types of back pain. Immersion in warm water can be a great way for people with back pain to get some exercise – it provides mild resistance and supports some of your body’s weight to make exercising easier. Zea Relief Kunzea Bath Salts have been developed to help you relax the muscles, de-stress and unwind in the comfort of your own bathroom.
5) Kunzea Oil
Aromatherapy has been used in different forms all over the world for centuries. One of the most effective essential oils for back pain is Australian Kunzea, which works to relax muscles and reduce inflammation to assist with pain relief.
Gentle, pleasant-scent and readily absorbed by the skin, our Kunzea Products are able to penetrate the skin to calm painful nerves and relax aches and pains. Aromatherapy oils can be used in massage, heat packs, baths and soaks, and other topical products.
Let's fight back pain, together
If you suffer from back pain, talk to me, or a local healthcare professional, about some natural treatment options that might work for you before settling for medication. Natural options can achieve some level of relief for most people, especially when more than one method is used as part of a holistic strategy.
Don’t live with pain – fight back, naturally.
About the Author - Michelle Brass ND
With over 25 years of experience in the natural health industry, Michelle has dedicated her life to helping others embrace the therapeutic benefits of nature. Throughout her time as a health practitioner, she has used and recommended countless traditional and conventional treatments to her clients - as she believes an integrative approach to health and wellness is very important. Michelle is passionate about using and promoting essential oils and, in particular, Kunzea Oil, as she has seen them help thousands of people over the years. She knows that using essential oils in your daily life can help bring balance to the mind, body and soul. She is constantly trialling and testing new products with her loyal clients.
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