As a chiropractor and holistic practitioner, my patients often ask about natural remedies to relieve their back pain at home. As we are treating their condition with chiropractic and soft tissue techniques at the office, I offer these alternatives to traditional pain relieving drugs to aid in their recovery and relieve pain. Gratefully, you don’t have to settle for conventional pain medications that often come with nasty side effects. Homeopathic remedies have superior qualities and offer an effective solution and a chance at real correction.
Supplement with Turmeric
Turmeric is an excellent remedy for joint pain. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains the active ingredient curcumin. It's an organic compound that is also a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that turmeric is more effective than ibuprofen for pain relief in patients with joint pain. You can supplement with turmeric in powder form by adding a teaspoon to warm water, tea, or your favorite smoothie daily. You can also take turmeric capsules. I recommend 250-500 mg. three times per day. This is the brand I use and recommend to my patients.
Take an Epsom Salt Bath
One of the most effective, long standing remedies for muscle and joint pain is an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt contains Magnesium Sulfate. It is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for years to relax muscles and reduce swelling, stiffness, and pain. Magnesium deficiencies are much more common than you think and a warm bath is an excellent way to allow magnesium to absorb through your skin. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. You can also add a few drops of relaxing essential oils (lavender, chamomile, or vetiver) to provide even more calming benefits.
Add More Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3's are "essential" fatty acids because the body doesn't produce them on it's own. So, we must rely on our diet to provide them. There are many benefits to Omega 3 fats and reducing inflammation associated with joint pain is one of the most powerful. The foods that are high in Omega 3 fats are wild caught salmon, grass fed beef, flax and chia seeds, walnuts, eggs, and spinach. These are considered to be the "good fats" and even when we think we are eating enough of these healthy foods, we often need to supplement to reduce overall inflammation and counteract the negative effects of some of the other unhealthy foods we are eating. Krill oil is possibly the best source of omega-3, and it has countless other benefits and can support a healthy endocannabinoid system.
See a Chiropractor
The basis of chiropractic care focuses on correcting joint restrictions (joints that have lack of movement) and improving the functioning of the entire nervous system. In order to reduce pain and dramatically improve the quality of life, chiropractors restore joint movement and re-establish proper bio mechanics throughout the body. During a manipulation, the patient is positioned in a way that isolates the involved joint, allowing chiropractors to move or separate the joint surfaces, restoring full motion of the joint and decreasing associated muscle tension. Once the correct mechanics have been restored, the body has the ability to function optimally. Chiropractic work is widely researched, practiced, and respected, and has been shown to help a wide range of ailments.
Try Essential Oils
Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. In fact, this remedy is the one I recommend most often to my patients. Essential oils are plant based, naturally occurring compounds that have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Essential oils can be used for a wide range of benefits including muscle and joint pain, headaches, hormone management, weight control, stress reduction, and as a sleep aid.
Frankincense: most powerful anti-inflammatory oil, blocks inflammatory pathways
Peppermint: antispasmodic, aids in relieving muscle aches and symptoms associated with headaches and migraines.
Marjoram: reduces muscle aches, spasm, and tension, relaxing and calming
Lemongrass: aids in ligament and cartilage repair, muscle strain, and increased circulation