Last Modified on Jul 14, 2014
You are in pain, and you have already tried all of your “old standbys.” Ibuprofen isn’t working and you don’t really want to take stronger medication, but you want relief from this ever-present pain in your back. Fortunately, you can use natural treatment options to help support your back pain, no matter the cause. Natural remedies, such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper help relieve pain and treat issues related to your back. Likewise, you may want to try therapeutic treatments like yoga or even acupuncture.
Can You Define “Back Pain”?
From a minor twinge in your lower back to a radiating pain that permeates your entire backside, back pain varies but is relatively common. This issue is one of the most common complaints and s actually considered one of the most common reasons that people go to the doctor and even call off work.
Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may experience different symptoms; however, if it is situated in your back, then you can considered it as such. Common symptoms of the condition include muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates into your leg, decreased flexibility and/or range of motion in your back, and an inability to stand up straight.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Back Issues?
While back pain often develops without a specific cause, you and your doctor can typically identify the cause following a review of your recent activities as well as testing or imaging. Determining the cause of your pain helps with treatment and may include issues with muscle or ligament strains, a bulging or ruptured disk, arthritis, skeletal irregularities, or even osteoporosis.
What Are Conventional Treatments for Back Pain?
While most back pain gets better within a few weeks of home treatment, if your pain persists you should seek medical attention to prevent further damage to your back. In any case, common treatments for back pain include rest and pain relievers such as acetaminophen. If your condition is more progressive, you may require additional treatment such as narcotics such as codeine, regular injections such as cortisone, or even surgery.
Can I Treat the Condition Naturally?
Natural treatment options can help relieve your pain and prevent the need for more aggressive treatment options. Common natural treatments include coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Yoga and acupuncture are also effective treatment options.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a balanced fat that contains lauric acid. This acid has a variety of effective treatment benefits, one of which is relieving pain. Massaged into your back at the pain site can help relieve back pain almost instantly.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar possesses a variety of treatment properties. As the liquid helps to alkalize your body, it reduces excess acid in the body and can actually treat back pain and inflammation naturally. You should take a 1-2 tablespoons daily to get the best benefit.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains a high concentration of capsaicin. This compound is a natural pain reliever and is an active ingredient in many muscle pain creams and treatments. A teaspoon of cayenne diluted in water is one of the most effective treatments for back pain.
Yoga helps realign the body and strengthen the core. These two combined actions help relieve back pain and prevent further back issues.
Acupuncture is one of the best remedies for pervasive back pains. It targets specific pain centers and works to relieve pain from those areas and the surrounding locations.
No matter the cause of your pain, one of these treatment options should work for you. Give one of our treatment options a try or add one of your suggestions to our extensive list of remedies contributed by our readers since 1999!
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Recipes, Dosages, Instructions
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Atlas Alignment, Rolfing
- Back Pain Remedies
- Back Pain Remedies During Pregnancy
- Ball Point Pen Technique
- Book by Machaelle Wright
- Chronic Back Pain Remedies
- Clove Oil
- Coccyx Pain
- Coconut Oil
- Donna's Remedies
- Dowager's Hump
- Eliminate Dairy
- General Feedback
- Heel Lifts
- Herbal Salves
- Homeopathic Remedy Symphytum
- Hula Hoop
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Inversion Table Therapy
- Multiple Remedies
- Myofascial Release
- Oil Pulling
- Peppermint Oil
- Prolapsed Disc
- Proteolytic Enzymes
- Remedies Needed
- Rocking Side-To-Side
- Sleep on the Floor
- Tailbone Pain Remedies
- Ted's Remedies
- Turmeric, Glucosamine, Green Tea
- Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
"Popular Reader Recipes and Suggestions
Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons* Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, improves taste)
- 8 oz. Water
* Some readers report excellent results using 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Rub a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil on area of pain
03/27/2012: Pest Control from Atlanta, Usa replies: "I am a fan of using apple cider vinegar! I have never used it for back pain relief but I make a drink mixture weekly to use for my blood sugar. I am diabetic, and it helps to regulate blood sugar levels! I have a recipe that I think it pretty good and will taste better than the one listed here. Try this:
1 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Stevia packet
1 tablespoon on cinnamon
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Back Pain
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 teaspoon
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 oz
Mix 1 tsp - 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water. Optionally, add a natural sweetener. Take the ACV tonic twice-daily. This can rebalance your mineral supply and revitalize the body as a whole.
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Mimmer from LONDON, ENGLAND: "Hi all, I was chatting with a lady at work who suggested BSM and ACV [apple cider vinegar]. For a year I have suffered with constipation, bad back and general tighness of muscles in the neck area. For 20 yrs i have had trouble with fibroids (had surgery but too multiple to remove all). On 26-5-07, I bought BSM and ACV. I took it right away, doses-2 large spoons of BSM in warm water, followed by 3 tablespoons of ACV in warm water. I done this morning b4 breakfast and last thing at night. The second day on it I had a very easy bowel movement and have done everyday since. My constipation is now a thing of the past. My back (which I had to get medication from the doctors for-didnt help) was cured during the week, along with the muscle ache. I sleep deeper and dont seem to eat as much. I totally know that this 'tonic' as I like to call it will clear my fibriods eventually. I also want to see after 3months how i do as I want to give it to my Auntie for her Arthritis. I thank you all for posting your experiences as this has given me constant strength and encouragement. I look forward to this journey and please if you are having or have had VICTORY over fibriods with 'The Tonic' then please post so I can read it. I am a big beliver in foods for healing and this sure is a testament to God's produce. smiles"Replies
09/27/2008: Mike from Chicago, IL replies: "what is bsm?"
EC: Blackstrap Molasses: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/molasses.html
[NAY] 04/06/2010: Joyce from Boiling Springs, Sc replies: "I use ACV for many ailments, but find that it actually increases inflamation and pain in my back if I take it for any length of time. Does this happen to anyone else?"
04/07/2010: Kathy from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "Just yesterday one of my friends told me the same thing! Everytime she has it her back hurts! Interesting..."
05/04/2010: Scarletty from Champion, Nebraska replies: "Joyce, You should really try eating crystalized ginger! My brother has had extremely bad back pain for years and was researching natural cures last saturday and came across the add for ginger. He bought some saturday night and on monday morning he didnt have any back pain! I thought that was pretty amazing and wanted to share it with you all!! Good luck and God bless!!"
09/02/2010: Eileen from Kerry, Ireland replies: "Hi, ive been taking ACV for the last week and half and I've found I have back pain as well, muscle spasm for last two days. Could that be from the ACV?!!"
01/18/2014: She from Virginia, United States replies: "Maybe it is having a detoxing effect on your body? I'm not a Dr. but do know that when you start to rid your body of toxins it goes thru a withdrawal period. Try eliminating dairy and wheat and see if that helps."
[YEA] 03/16/2007: Ropsonna from Everett, Wa: "We use ACV for several different health benefits. ACV has become a part of our daily routine. I have a severe asthma, sinus & back pain. What it does the rest, is an extra benefit for us. We believe that it helps us tremendously.
We take 1 shot 1/2 hr before every meal. This takes care every health issues that we have. Sometimes we put some in our salad. It adds lots of flavor. For those who is overweight or maintaining your weight and want to each funk food. Taking 1 shot before each meal, is away to go. ACV breaks down fattening food."Replies
01/14/2010: Carolyne from Sherman Oaks, Ca replies: "i have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease;;probably lower lumbar. I have had it for years however, as of late it has been burning and aching to the point I have to take two aspirin which I never had to before. Obviously it is getting worse. I will do the doctor thing, mri etc but in the meantime, I would appreciate any feedback anyone might have. Thank you."
[YEA] 01/03/2007: Susan from Tampa, FL: "2 tsp honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in 8 to 16 ounces of water 3 times a day cured my arthritis, back pain and allergies. I was in so much pain for many many years with severe back problems, and then 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The dr. prescribed steroids, and 2 different immuno suppressant drugs and the side effects were horrible. I could hardly get out of bed in the morning, my joints and muscles hurt so bad, i also have fibromyalgia. I started this regimen about a month ago and saw immediate results. My hay fever has cleared up also. My sinuses are dry, usually I always have a bad post nasal drip problem. I feel more energized, and my body just feels good, like it is getting what it needs."
[YEA] 06/16/2006: Cecilia from Strongsville, OH: "I have had chronic lower back pain for years and after taking AVC twice daily for a month I have noticed a drastic difference. I was restricted in activities and now I can do just about everything. While at the doctor's I also found out that my blood pressure dropped from 124/80 to 116/68. In January, 2006 I was diagnosed with acid reflux, which resulted with pills every day. Since taking the AVC I haven't had to take any medication for the acid reflux. I believe it has also helped with my allergies. This really is a miracle cure."
[YEA] 10/21/2005: George from Fairfield, CA: "I have a back problem and it got even worse when an employee that I work with pushed me from behind and I found myself on the floor in pain. Good thing there was nothing broken but it left me with a terrible back pain. I could hardly walk and if I do, it would be like a slow motion picture. I was downing anti-inflammatory 3x a day, but the doctor only recommends 2x a day. I really don't care at that time. I was also taking tylenol around 12 tabs a day plus a muscle relaxant. None of it work or if it did, it would only provide very little relief which is close to nothing. Then a friend of mine mentioned ACV and I remembered my mom telling me about that about 2 and a half decades ago. I went to the internet and found this site. I thought I would give it a try. Nothing to lose on my part, but everything to gain. The first couple of days of taking ACV, it really didn't do anything for me. But on the third day, I felt a tremendous change. My pain was almost gone. I want to mention that on the second day, I didn't stick to the 3x a day regimen for ACV. I think I drank ACV at least 7 times (3 tablespoons each dose) for the second day. When I felt my pain was almost gone, I went back to my 3 times a day. And up to now, I am still taking ACV. And I am only taking half a pill of my medication for the whole day. This miracle happen in a span of 3 days. It was like a birthday present to me because the third day was my actual birthday and I was able to entertain friends that came over. ACV is a true natural miracle. Thanks to ACV I once again have my life back. Thanks to my mom also for just being mom."
[YEA] 02/27/2007: Terri from Starkville, MS: "Thank you Ted, I had back discomfort for a few years. I bought shoe inserts, heating pads, creams for pain, and a new mattress. Each of these things would help temporarily. I started your ACV/baking soda remedy last night and I slept well. This morning I awoke to very little pain..it feels like the inflammation is almost gone. Like the other responders said..I had new energy, better attitude, no yeast itching,and space to fasten my tight jeans. Whatever it is, this is great."
10/24/2011: Cateye from Melbourne, Vic., Australia: "My mother, aunt, great-aunt, sister and I have this issue. My mother calls it her witches hump.
I thought I was stuck with it, I always stood and sat with my neck jutting forward as if unable to straighten. It looked gross, 'slovenly' in photos.
I suspect it is a physiological problem caused by injury, fluoride/excess calcium-on-a-genetic-pattern combo and other damage compounded by psychology.
For the last ten years I've been trying to manage and cure my back pain, and I've recently made huge *HUGE* leaps towards cure. I've never felt so strong or so pain-free (and mentally calm) as the last six months or so since I had my atlas aligned. I wrote the speil under the 'scoliosis' heading too, because it seems to have corrected the twist between my shoulders.
But the hump has disappeared altogether. I'm 38 and really thought I'd turn in to the classic, brittle, wisp of a British Lady Crone figure by 55-60yrs... And was well on the way. Now I see myself as a staunch old lady with an imposing presence. : )
The most dramatic change was having my atlas aligned. SUCH a dramatic thing I can't stress it enough. The other is to find a genuine 'Rolfer', also known as 'structural integration' practioner, who essentially looks at where your body is going wrong and irons out the issues over ten sessions. I heard it was called 'The Rolls Royce of Massage' before I'd tried it, and I certainly agree now. I can't go back to budget massage. Too annoying realising these people don't know what they're doing and you're paying them to do it.
Anyhoo, my two cents. Atlas alignment is brilliant. So is Rolfing.
05/29/2013: Farhat-ul-ain Shah from Karachi, Pakistan: "Hello, I have Numbness of leg and pain in back.. Can I have a good and quick solution for my problem plz. I am suffering from 7 years medically there's no issue n problem behind my condition."Replies
05/29/2013: Daydreamer from Ontario, Canada replies: "I would get a second opinion because the pain and numbness you described sounds like textbook pinched nerve symptoms to me."
05/29/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "A few things have helped with my ruptured disc L-5 and bulging of 4 3 2 discs:
- Water soaks in Epsom salt and drinking 16 oz. water and eating an apple with salt on it in the tub. Stay in tub as long as you can.
- Take mineral and vitamin supplements, drink glass of water half an hour before any eating.
- Use an inversion table to open the spine up. Don't go all the way back, just till you feel the pull on the spine
- Ice packs on the spine 10 minutes then heat 30 minutes... Repeat a few times."
05/26/2013: Heidi from Burbank, Ca, Us: "I fell and fractured my T12 vertebrae. 2 years later after khyphoplasty and 6 mos of xrays to insure nothing else was broken, I am still in pain. Ideas? The pain is in my entire lumbar section and at the t 12 surgery site."
[YEA] 11/06/2007: Amanda from Philadelphia, PA: "I'm in my 9th month of pregnancy and my baby is sitting on my sciatica nerve. I can barely walk somedays but this helps alot! I take a pretty hot bath with Epsom Salt, A bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. It helps alleviate the pain a great deal. You can also get on your hands and knees (all fours) and tilt your pelvis and this relieves pressure. I hope this helps."Replies
04/17/2009: BH from Boulder, CO replies: "I had sciatic problems during my pregnancy, too. Best cure I found: Stick your butt out; the bigger you are, the more you should exaggerate it, too. I found shoes with a bit of heel helped. Plus lots of prenatal yoga and prenatal Pilates, too. Good Luck and Congrats!"
[YEA] 06/16/2009: Redou from New Orleans, Louisiana: "I'm not a doctor, THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, I'm only telling you what happened to me. Consult you doctor before you try anything. If you get hurt, don't waste your time suing me, you won't get much.
This post will probably be too long for most readers, but if you have LOWER BACK PAIN, I want you to know that I understand what you're going through.
I fixed my LOWER BACK PAIN with a BALL POINT PEN - no, I didn't write a check. First some background and then I'll get to the point. I had back pain for 28 years - from age 17 to age 45. I'm 53 now and except for a couple of 'twinges' NO PAIN IN 8 YEARS. I spent an average of 3 days a month on my back. I had pain 75% of the time. I used to pee in a jar because it hurt too bad to get up and go to the bathroom.
My wife had to put on my shoes and tie them for me. To pick up something, I had to get down, slowly, on my knees and only if it wasn't heavy. I used to pay $80 for a hotel room just to get out of the car. I never slept in the hotel bed. I slept on the hard floor.
I couldn't do a lot of things like camping or hiking or dancing. I thought of myself as a cripple. I lived in fear of that pain, like a knife in my lower back, making me go to the ground. I never knew when it was going to hit.
I went to doctors and chiropractors and spent a lot of money. Had a lot of X-Rays done. I'll probably die of cancer. I was told that: - one leg was longer than the other (chiropractor) - I needed special shoes or lifts in my shoes (chiropractor) - I had a herniated disc (doctor) - I had soft tissue damage (doctor) - I had cracked vertebrae (doctor) - I needed surgery (at least 3 doctors)
- heating pads (temporary relief)
- popping my own back (sometimes temporary relief, sometimes made it worse)
- bed rest - or on the floor rest (sometimes back to work the next day, sometimes 3 days to a week on my back)
- stretching exercizes prescribed by doctors (useless)
- very hot baths (temporary relief often followed by worse pain)
- TENS unit - electric stimulation - I bought one (temporary relief)
- heat, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)followed with 'manupulation' (back popping) by chiropractors (temporary relief, usually followed by pain shortly thereafter or the next day
- hard mattresses, soft mattresses, hard chairs, soft chairs (hard chairs worked better for me)
I never ate any pills except over-the-counter muscle relaxors. I won't eat a pain pill. Too easy to get addicted.
Ok. I'm getting to the point:
One day I'm lying on the floor, missing work. My girlfriend is looking at the computer and trying to help me. She is reading about a home remedy for back pain. I'm telling her don't waste yourtime, go in the bedroom, there's a stack of books in there about back pain. Some by a girl named Zimmerman, if memory serves. I think it was a British physical therapist that told me about this cure, but with the pain, and not thinking clearly I really can't remember. Whoever it was, they have my eternal gratitude.
What the person on the net was recommending:
- wait until your pain gets better, don't start fixing it while you're having a lower back pain episode.
- Once your back gets back to 'normal' (for me that meant I was able to work around the pain, go to work, go somewhere)- Then
get a ball point pen.
- Drop your drawers, bend over until you just start to feel scared. (most back sufferers don't like to bend over, that's often when the pain hits you)
- Place your fingers on your thighs, flat in the front, and make a mark with the pen where your middle finger touches your thighs one mark on each leg. Don't bend below where you feel comfortable (meaning don't go below the mark)
- DON'T Wash the marks off.
- For the next week, BENDING ONLY AT THE HIPS, KEEPING YOUR
LOWER BACK STRAIGHT - TOUCH THOSE TWO MARKS 100 TIMES EVERY DAY.
- Don't do it all at once, ten here, twenty there, and only if you feel safe doing it.
- After a week , if you feel comfortable with it, make a mark 1/2 inch (THAT'S ONE HALF OF AN INCH) below the first marks and now
spend a week touching those new marks 100 times a day.
- You can see where this is going - All the way down to your toes.
- I took three months to do it.
- If you do it at 1/2 inch at a time it will probably take you a year, (I think the person who invented this was being overly cautious and trying to make sure no one got hurt)
Anyway, after 3 months of touching the slowly descending marks 100 times a day, I could touch my toes. Without fear. (But I would kind of work my way down each day) I had not bent over and touched my toes for 28 years. Now I could do it every day. And I still do it now. The lower back pain was (and is) GONE.
1) My theory - the reason this works - is that I had babied my back for years and the right muscles, the ones that are supposed to hold you up and aid in flexing and extending a person's back - were WEAK. I realized that all the treatments I had tried only treated the SYMPTOMS and did not solve the PROBLEM - my WEAK back. Also, I was able to function for many years with a bad back, but I believe I was using the WRONG MUSCLES. When my back was locked up, my spine was crooked, the wrong muscles were trying to do a job they were not intended for. Also, and this is important, I don't believe I had any real DAMAGE to my back, nothing broken or torn, that is why I think anyone who wants to try this should go to their doctor and make sure nothing is broken first.
I still touch my toes 100 times a day, twenty here, ten there. I keep a concrete block outside my back door and every now and then I bend down and lift it WITH MY BACK, not with my knees like the doctors say. DON'T TRY THIS YOURSELF. Now my back is strong, my muscles are flexible, and circulation in that area is good. Weak muscles are TENSE and have poor circulation. STRONG muscles are flexible and have good circulation.
Another thing I believe is that many back sufferers are stressed out people, their stress shows up in muscle tension. I don't think that is the only reason for back problems, but I believe stress is a major contributor.
09/11/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Florida replies: "Redou: Do you have a picture that explains this exercise? I cannot understand it. Thank you!"
09/16/2009: Redou from Amite, Louisiana replies: "Hello Lita209
I apologize but I don't have a picture of this technique. Actually, I'm not sure a picture would help because all it would be is a person bending over and straightening up -again and again.
However, it's not complicated. My back pain was concentrated in my lower back so that's the area this exercize focuses on. If you bend over, your upper body is heavy. Raising and lowering your upper body will work your lower back. When people stand, they generally have a natural curve to their lower spine.
This curve points to the front, the way they are facing. (I have seen people who have poor posture have a backwards curve to the spine). Anyway, when you bend over, your body should bend like a folding knife, two straight lines at an angle to each other, and the natural curve of your lower back should now point downward.
Your legs should be straight and, when you bend, you should feela stretching all the way down the backs of your legs. When you lower your upper body (start to bend) you should feel it pull the muscles in your lower back which was a scary feeling - at the time - for a chronic back sufferer like me. That is why you only bend over just a little bit at a time.
Do not use the middle of your back to bend and do not round your back. Keep your back straight all the way from your butt to your neck. As you lower your upper body to touch the marks on your legs, you will feel the muscles in your LOWER BACK stretch as you move downward to the marks. This means you are using only your lower back muscles to lower your entire upper body.
Then as you raise your upper body back to an upright, erect posture, you will feel the muscles in your lower back contract. If you keep your entire back straight - all the work is being done by the muscles in your lower back. This felt strange to me when I first tried it and I realized that I had been avoiding using these muscles for years. In my case, when I used to have back problems, these muscles were constantly tense and I used the muscles in my middle back or sides to bend - if I did any bending at all.
The 'ball point pen method' is pretty much exactly what the doctors tell you not to do when they advise 'pick up something by bending your knees and not your knees - not your back'. Well, I agree with them that if you are picking up something really heavy then you don't want to overload your back but, excuse me, your upper body is definately supposed to be lifted by healthy strong and flexible lower back muscles.
One more way of looking at the exercize is this: Think of the natural curve of your lower back pointing downward as
you bend. You will feel this curve increase as you raise your upper body. You will feel this curve flatten as you lower your upper body. You will feel your lower back muscles expand and contract. You should not feel the muscles in your middle or upper back doing anything.
I hope this helps, good luck, Redou."
05/12/2010: Teresa from St Louis, Mo replies: "The reason why this works is because you are doing a flush on your lymphatics, taping the sides inside and out of your legs(tender points) this gets rid of junk in your trunk!"
02/04/2012: Anonymous from Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland replies: "I don't believe that it's because of muscles, they don't suddenly become strong. As Teresa said, it's because of unlocking lymphatics, or because of fixing misplaced disks."
02/21/2012: Larissa from Toronto, On replies: "I think he means touching that spot 100 x's a day, by reaching down touching and coming back up and repeating, hopefully in a fluid and body aware motion (not bouncing the upper body up and down) The "tapping" these people are referring to for lymphatic flushing, is not the same thing... That works, but is not what he's talking about I think. YES your back muscles would so get stronger doing this - if you do as he said, just a little bit a time, small measurements in high quantity, a very good and conscious way to build the 'erector spinae' muscles. It's similar to an exercise called "Good Mornings" which you can do without weights (until you're strong enough to.)"
[YEA] 01/01/2014: Yellowrose from Lake Kiowa, Tx replies: "Redou I have to say the ball point pen method of curing my back is working my first day doing it. Thank you so much for this info. Redou I had a lot of the same diagnoses as you did with my back doctor. Just saw my chiropractor yesterday for second day and same thing as you relief for a little while and then pain right back again. But today when I started doing the ball point pen method my back pain is so much relieved. I have been bending like you said doing my housework and adding those extra straight back bends without bending my knees and oh my gosh it works. I am in a happy shock cause now I can bend to load dishwasher and do my chores today for the first time in such a long time without excruciating back pain. You are a God send!"
[YEA] 03/09/2008: Brooke from Montgomery, TX: "I have been into wholistic healing for as long as I can remember. I use to have bad neck and back pains until I tried M.A.P. M.A.P.. is a book that Machaelle Wright wrote in the 80's. It is a Perelandra book that is well worth reading! I but them from used book dealers on Amazon and give them to friends that have back pain."
02/15/2014: Tony from Liverpool: "I have been suffering with back pain for well over 20 yrs, I am second youngest of 7 children, I have always been active, and am of average weight 13stone 6ft tall, my problem is I feel constant discomfort in my lower back , and often go into spasm which can be agonising. my spine twists out of shape and I find it very difficult to stand or sit, and am constantly going from one to the other for a few minutes at a time . but as I stated at the beginning, I am 1 of 7 children , my mother sadly deceased was also very active up until the age of 88, and suffered exactly the same symptoms as myself, my brother who was an excellent amateur footballer and fitness fanatic, is exactly the same as me, I have 3 sisters one sadly deceased, exactly the same as me, I have been seeing doctors and telling them my symptoms and those of my family, but it seems to fall on deaf ears and I get the impression these doctors assume its lack of exercise, I've tried physio and but it has no lasting effect on my condition, and a few hours after a session the pain is still the same , I've also been in casualty when the pain has been at its worst and received morphine injections, can anyone tell me if this could be a genetic condition, and offer any advice."Replies
02/15/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "Go to link and look for posts on Hyaluronic Acid: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/slipped-disc-back-pain.html#HA
You should also have a couple adjustments by a chiropractor."
02/16/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Tony, you might want to start with Epsom Salt baths and reading up on magnesium."
02/16/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "I don't offer anyone advice, but I do tell them my experience and solutions that I have experimented with; some sucessfull and other experiments, well, you'll hear about them. That said, I have back pain from an old injury in the middle back and when it flares up there are several things that I do so solve the problem.
All of these things are natural and over the counter and God made. The first line of defence is prayer. The second is the use of cayenne extract rolled over the back. The third is DMSO gel, ninety nine point nine percent pure. ( See the DMSO section on this site for more information on that issue). Some times pure water helps alleviate the pain too, dehydration can happen and we not even really aware of it. I like turmeric powder in Extra Virgin Olive oil, as it is a powerful dual acting anti inflammatory and the curcumrin (sic) is soluble in oil, and thus more available to the body.
Any foods and spices that reduce inflamation will, in time, help to reduce the occurance of pain. The C-reactive Protein Blood test will give a good view of the general level of inflammation in the cardiovascular system in general and may be worth getting after a few months of doing a diet full of inflammation reducing foods.
I don't do pharmaceuticals as it is against my religious beliefs and I have been off all pain killers for several years now doing this new life in obedience to the Creator God."
02/16/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Tony from Liverpool;
I've lived what you are living. Yes you have genetic curvature; some stenosis; and lower back is not seated correctly relative to pelvis...all that brought on by genetic curvature.
But...not to give up!!!!!
Some herbals and Epsom salts baths can help but here's what words wonders if you will gradually work with this treatment. A physical therapist taught this to me and it is very helpful.
You'll need a helper. (This is Japanese technique.) Someone who weighs about 120 pounds. Heaver is ok but the helper must use a chair to lift excess weight so not too much weight is on your lower back.
This technique must be repeated three or four times weekly. Better each time used.
Lie on stomach...on a rug so as not to be "crushed" into hard floor. Put small pillow under forehead so chin is just off floor.
Now, a chair is next to your hip. The "helper" now puts his hand on chair and uses chair to bare most of his weight. Then with one foot (barefoot) he steps gently onto low back (about belt line...onto PELVIS). He is now putting perhaps 30 pounds of pressure onto pelvis. If too painful, of course stop. But most folks can take the pressure on pelvis.
Next, if pressure is ok, then he stands on your lowest vertebra with left foot. Now he gently "walks in place" with both feet...still holding onto chair to apply only minimum weight and also holding onto chair so he doesn't FALL off your back.
Next, he holds place on top of pelvis and walks one vertebra at a time up the spine...so .... right foot presses down on pelvis, left foot steps on lowest vertebra...right foot steps again on pelvis and left foot move toward your head one vertebra higher...repeat....until left foot has found its way, vertebra by vertebra UP the spine but constantly the counterpoint with the right foot on pelvis. Over time helper can put right foot on lowest vertebra as left walks up the spine. For me that is better than right foot on pelvis all the time...but if too painful, that way wouldn't work and helper would have to press with right foot only on pelvis.
You might hear and feel the back "popping" a time or two as the curved back adjusts back to a more straight position.
I do this until nearly full weight of helper (my patient wife...who is always allowing me to experiment in all manner of ways) can go up back and then down back and even walk in place if a particular area is sensitive.
NEXT: Here is the big progression....when helper has walked back down spine to the pelvis, let the right foot come onto the lowest vertebra and bare as much weight as you are comfortable with ...
THEN put your hands under your shoulders...and slowly do a push up...gently push your shoulders and upper torso up with the low back staying in place so that you intentionally RELAX the low back ...
and this will allow the low back to move into correct position with out of place (twisted) pelvis. You might feel a slight movement in low back. Come out of "push up" and repeat....relaxing the low back muscles to allow it to move into proper place with the pelvis.
This technique WORKS to re align out of place pelvis and low back vertebra. And the "walking" up spine will help re align the genetic curvature that you think you have.
Do all this GENTLY and with LITTLE weight the first time or two. Now, my wife can get on my back and with all her weight go through the routine....the best part being the push up where I can literally feel the pelvis move into proper position with my old curved spine.
SO....even if spine is curved, I have been able to compensate and can even do my old karate kicks...side and front kicks...nearly head high. And for an old guy like me hoppin down the hallway with alternating side and front kicks....I mean at 65 years old....with a curved spine....
really...try this and see if you aren't improved in a few months."
03/06/2014: Santosh from Hyderabad. ..india replies: "Tony.. Try yoga under a good teacher.. I assure u a complete CURE permanently... Good luck"
04/02/2013: Maggie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "Hi. My husband has been suffering chronic back pain for over a year and a half. He is in pain every single day and has to stop and rest every day when we walk the dog. Sometimes he is walking and stoops over to try and minimize the pain. When he stands too long in the kitchen he has to go sit down and rest. The closest description I have been able to get from him through reading types of pain is sciatica. He injured his back at work a year and a half ago and has not had a day without pain since. He refuses to go and see a doctor so I try what I can but am not sure if any supplements can help what he has. Not sure if it has anything to do with foods he eats. He does not sleep well, is tired all the time and usually needs a restful period every afternoon. I do not know what type of injury he has without a proper diagnosis. He also suffers from excess mucus after eating which I doubt has anything to do with his back pain. He actually had that problem before the injury. I have tried him on several things but he gets impatient if he does not experience immediate relief. The best he feels is if he has a bath with epsom salts and then rests on the bed. I have recently added magnesium citrate pills at doses of 500 mg but as yet he has not seen any improvement. I also increased his vitamin D since he has several symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, he has dark skin, suffers SAD in the winter time. Are any of these things related? Is there anything else I can do to help without a doctor or chiropractor's visit? I tried to get him to do the castor oil packs but he had no patience with that. I tried candied ginger slices which he tried for 1-2 days and then found them useless. Like I said, if he doesn't feel immediate relief it is hard to try natural remedies with him. Any advise please?"Replies
04/02/2013: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Maggie from Calgary - It's unfortunate that your husband won't see a doctor or chiropractor to get a diagnosis. However, there was a recent article by Dr. Mercola (http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/03/29/back-pain-treatment.aspx) that might give you some ideas. The comments at the end (just click on it it takes awhile to load) are usually very good. People offer suggestions on what worked for their particular back problem.
For temporary relief, you may want to look into an infrared heating pad. I can't list any brand names (although a popular one - used with horses as well as humans - begins with T and ends with X) but you can call Shoppers Drug Mart Home Health and they should be able to discuss various types with you.
Good luck! Cheers, Bess"
04/03/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Maggie: You should try some kind of Back Brace so that one area of injury isn't stressed so badly. Medical supply stores like Dr Leonard's have several kinds. I once used a leather weight lifters belt on my lower back with very good results. Magnet therapy will help; but you will need a rather strong magnet like what is used in a music speaker to penetrate deep. Someone posted good results from the light infrared or fared therapy purchased for private use (as opposed to the very high prices chiropractors charge). Any kind of massage therapy should also help."
04/03/2013: Maggie from Calgary, Alberta,canada replies: "Thanks Bess and Timh. I have passed these suggestions on to my husband. I appreciate your responses."
04/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "A web site watercure.com I just never understood that bending over was not benefitting like bending backward does. We know so little about ourselves and that is where we end up stuck.
Also take a bath and the water will trick the body into believing the pain is coming from a larger area and diminish the signals of pain. Drink water and eat a proper dose of salt to keep the water in your cells, and take a good multi mineral supplement to get rehydrated. It helps to cushion your joints.
MAKE CHANGES SLOWLY, to prevent distress to your system
Magnesium is the mineral for muscle and an epson salt soak in the foot bath or tub does wonders for pain and helps regulate heart muscle."
04/04/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Sometimes, taking the time to have a good bowel movement helps my lower back pain and sciatica. Taking 1/2 tsp of dry mustard in 1/2 C cool water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning before breakfast helped me so much I sometimes took it a couple hours after dinner, before I went to bed until I resumed more regularity. I had a spine/back injury about five decades ago. Could be why both of my babies were breech? Only one was caesarean. Just trying to offer another possibility due to my experience. Turmeric in some warm water reduces inflammation. Ginger reduces inflammation too and destroys salmonella. I sprinkle both on my eggs and vegetables with sea salt. The commercial salt that is in everything contains a flowing/anti-caking agent that causes inflammation and is the culprit for many ailments and I know for a fact the severe sciatica I used to have was caused by this."
04/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Mustard has calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium and phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, high in fat, o cholesterol, high in fiber, from the cabbage family, and contain omegas and some vitamin B's, A, C, E, K, and folates, lutein. Some people carry mustard packets around with them for pain"
04/05/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Maggie, Neglected to address the mucous issue. What happened to me is I discovered my bowels had telescoped inside themselves. This is called intussusception and can occur from the stomach to the rectum. I believe this is what constipation really is. When this happens it is my opinion that impacted stool can begin to ferment if it is not evacuated and can become malignant. If I get adequate Vit A mucous seems to be produced in the colon attempting to remove impacted stool. I had been so impacted I vomited because my food could not be digested---there was no room for it to move through. I was so full of this matter it was difficult to keep my weight down
It was reported to me that my gradmother died from colon cancer. I was told she had some of her colon removed, had a colostomy then went back for more surgery to reattach the colon that has been left. Twenty-twenty hindsight suggests to me that intussusception had been her problem but this was back in the 50's and maybe not known how to treat. I do not want to live the reat of my life with a colostomy.
I don't know if it is too late for me to correct because I did have cancer dianosed in 1989. I can massage my abdomen and feel stool move and sometimes I feel a "squishing" and if you look up intussusception online you can pull up a picture of what is happening. Some will say it's hereditary but I believe eating habits are hereditary. I'm trying to use food as my medicine instead of pleasure. Even though our food is being engineered to last longer and the longer you cook it, it creates more MSG I still feel it makes it easier to assimilate. You just have to weigh the pros and cons for yourself and reduce portions. I hope this has offered some help and not caused more confusion. It's difficult for me to sit here long periods and sometimes I lose my train of thought.
You may also want to rule out dental problems."
04/06/2013: Ky Mama from Clinton, Ky replies: "Hi! I am so sorry about his pain. I have had trouble with sciatica on and off over the years. One thing that is easy to do and works well is Peppermint Essential Oil. I get organic since peppermint may be heavily sprayed. I was in a car for 13 hours today and my sciatica flared up. I rubbed peppermint oil onto my hand and over my lower back. (I think the inflammation there presses on the nerves causing the pain down my legs. ) It wasn't long before I was feeling better.
Plenty of water (not city water) is good for everything, including inflammation. Blackstrap molasses is also high in lots of things that may also be helpful. One Tablespoon a day, or when symptoms are bad is helpful. It can be taken straight or in warm milk.
Hope he gets some relief!"
04/06/2013: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi Maggie from Calgary, Alberta. I posted information here on Earth Clinic about Pai-da (pat/slap) and La-jin (stretch tendons) which is Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) that has been forgotten about even by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. Lajin is a simple stretch that you do laying down on a bench or two chairs side by side. It is especially good for lower back and knee pain as the person doing the stretch will feel some relief from pain after just 5 minutes of stretching. Here is the link. http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/traditional-chinese-medicine2.html#PAI-DA_91546
Check out the video links. If you do not have the time to watch all the videos, then fast forward to 19 minutes on the introduction video to see the stretch using chairs. Then go to Part one of the second video and fast forward to 51 minutes to see an audience member do the stretch and how he benefits from it. Hopefully your husband will try it and you can let us know his results. Maureen"