If you have experienced chronic back and neck pain, maybe you went to the doctor. The doctor wrote you a prescription for some pain medication and sent you on your way. Then you looked up the side effects of that medication – addiction, kidney failure, death?
There must be a safer way to handle your neck and back pain. Maybe instead of “managing” the pain, you could fix it – get rid of it entirely?
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Finding the source of your pain could be the first step to healing it. There are several causes of neck and back pain. Age can be a factor, bringing risks like herniated disks and arthritis.
Another cause of neck and back pain can be found in your work week. If you have a job that involves heavy computer use, your posture could be contributing to stiffness, soreness, and pain in your back and neck.
Some back and neck pain can be relieved very simply with exercises you can do in your own home. By stretching your back and neck out in a controlled, careful way, you loosen the muscles while building strength. This will relieve your current pain while also helping to prevent against pain in the future.
You should always consult a physician before attempting these exercises – if they are done incorrectly, it could do more harm than good. If you ever feel sharp pain or a stretch is too hard for you to go into, stop immediately. You could be doing damage to your body.
It may take some time for this type of exercise to pay off, especially if you have been experiencing back pain for a long time, but if you stick to it, you will notice a lasting relief.
If your back pain persists, consider visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors specialize in treating back and neck pain by massaging and manipulating the spine. These treatments can be useful in reducing all kinds of pain, from the acute pain of lifting too much weight to long-term chronic pain.
Chiropractic treatment has even been reported to relieve pain from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder that is difficult to effectively treat or categorize.
A good chiropractor will approach your problem holistically, considering your diet, exercise, and lifestyle as part of your treatment. These treatments can have many benefits beyond pain relief, from improved mood to a stronger immune system.
Your Health Is The Priority
Although some chronic pain is so debilitating that it cannot be treated without medication, you may be surprised by how much these natural treatments can help. They come without the risks of overdose, side effects, or addiction, and may improve your health in a number of ways beyond simple pain relief.