Relieve Back Pain Naturally
Back pain is all-encompassing. When your back hurts, EVERYTHING hurts. Even minor movements can be challenging and painful. It can even hurt to breathe...which is somewhat problematic as not breathing is not optional, right? Ouch!
So, is there any natural relief for back pain?
Yes, there are some natural and very simple ways to help with back pain.
Gentle stretching, hot and cold therapy, soaking in a hot tub, to name a few! (Did you expect us not to include a hot tub soak session?)
But, as always, we recommend a visit to your physician first, before you begin any lifestyle changes. Be honest with your doctor about your pain so you can discuss effective options for relief.
Below are five natural ways to relieve back pain.
You’ve heard it all before… eat healthy foods, more greens, less sugar, blah, blah....
But, it’s true…you are what you eat and drink. Plus, it’s a great place to start. You don’t have to change everything all at once!
Minor changes toward healthier food choices, along with cutting back on portion size, help you become mindful of what you put into your body. For starters, replace coffee and soda with water or flavored water. Then replace a few burgers and fries with salads during the week. You’ll notice you begin to feel better and you may even lose some weight....which will help reduce the stress on your back! (Here is a great article from Forbes.com)
Small changes add up to big rewards over time with exercise.
If you are currently inactive, start by taking short walks. Build from there and soon you’ll be on your way to longer distances and faster times.
Or, try Yoga...in your hot tub! It's a great exercise which incorporates both physical movement and calming mindfulness. When you combine a hot tub and Yoga, it’s a win-win! Soaking in the hot tub will loosen your muscles making it easier to achieve the poses while the water provides both resistance and buoyancy.
You can find many resources on this topic by searching the internet, visiting your local bookstore or your public library. Here's a DVD that has great reviews : (Hot Tub Yoga Book)
A good night’s sleep is essential for your entire well-being: body, mind, and spirit. With solid sleep you recharge, becoming physically and mentally able to face the challenges of each new day.
But wait! You have back pain! How can you get a good night's sleep with back pain?
A hot tub can relieve tension and aching muscles allowing you to drop off to sleep faster and enjoy a better quality of deep sleep! (Read More On This)
Massage is a fantastic way to work the tension out of your muscles and relieve back pain. But, going to a massage therapist every day is costly and time-consuming.
What if you can get massage therapy right at home? You can!
With Nordic’s exclusive DTS™ (Dual Therapy System) built into every hot tub it’s like you have a massage studio right in your own backyard! Our Nordic Star™ direct pressure massage jets, combined with our whirlpool therapy, give you an entire body massage in every soak session! (Read More On This)
Calming your mind and relieving stress can also help to decrease your back pain! Stress manifests throughout your body in different ways. For some, it’s through back pain.
Whether you carry your stress in your upper back, neck and shoulders or in your lower back, Nordic has the perfect hydrotherapy to relieve tension and relax painful areas. Within a few minutes of entering the warm water your muscles begin to relax. When your body relaxes, blood flow increases and your brain reacts by releasing endorphins to further induce relaxation. (Read More On This)
Every day, take time to be mindful of what triggers your back pain and, as much as you can, try to avoid or minimize those triggers. Try one or more of the suggestions we’ve outlined and see how big an impact a few minor changes can have on your back pain and how they can improve your quality of life.
Health Benefits is a series of blog posts to provide Nordic Hot Tub Owners with information about how their Nordic Hot Tub can benefit their health. This is not intended to be a comprehensive health guide nor can it be regarded in any way as health advice or a diagnosis. If you have health questions, contact your physician or a trained health professional.