Quick Action Plan for Back Pain

Most cases of back pain are muscular in origin, and the pain itself usually occurs as a result of the way you use or misuse your body. You can avoid most types of back pain simply by taking the preventative step of staying in good physical condition. This includes a physical exercise program that works to both stretch and strengthen the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons of your entire back and musculoskeletal system.

As well as being an excellent way to keep your body limber and in shape, yoga breathing exercises and postures, Tai Chi, or Qigong can also help you reduce much of the muscle tension and stress that can contribute to back pain.

Physical therapies such as bodywork and massage, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and physical manipulation techniques should all be considered if you develop back pain.

Since many cases of back pain are caused or exacerbated by unresolved mental or emotional issues, various mind/body medicine therapies should also be considered. Among the most useful are Bach Flowers, biofeedback therapy, guided imagery and visualization, and hypnotherapy.

Energy medicine techniques, such as ultrasound, the TENS unit, microcurrent stimulators, soft lasers, and infrared lights, can also successfully help treat back pain.

Both acupressure and acupuncture are highly recommended as well, as is prolotherapy, which is especially useful for otherwise intractable cases of back pain, and for back pain caused by degenerative discs.

Finally, be sure to supplement with nutrients that help to reduce inflammation and muscles spasms, and which promote healthy cartilage. Such nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, EPA fish oils, evening primrose oils, free form amino acids, CoQ10, glucosamine, and the enzymes bromelain and protease.