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8 Easy Ways to Tame Back Pain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 12, 2018

  • Safe, instant and effective relief for back pain
  • Give your back the exercise it needs
  • Learn how to pamper those achy bones and muscles

If you walk into the doctor’s office complaining about back pain, there’s a four out of five chance your doc will prescribe one or more medication to help ease your pain.

At minimum, you’ll likely be told some type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) is in order. But the truth is these drugs don’t actually work very well to alleviate back pain.

Worse, all of them increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke. This is true even if you only use them for a few days. They also damage your kidneys, gut and can cause liver failure. Estimates from the literature reflect over 15,000 people die in the U.S. each year from GI bleeds while on NSAIDs.

If your pain is severe, you may also receive a prescription for an opioid or benzodiazepine. Oh blessed relief!

Not so fast. These narcotic drugs lose their effectiveness when you use them regularly. Plus, they’re extremely addictive. (Just watch the news. Almost every day there is a new headline about the raging epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.)

None of these are great options. And not a single one of them will actually fix your aching back.

The fact is back pain generally improves on its own within just a matter of weeks. And after a month or two, it entirely resolves all by itself. This is true whether you take any sort of medication or not.

As a result, your goal should be to find safe and effective ways to relieve the pain. Ways that don’t carry the long-term risks association with pharmaceuticals. Lucky for you, I have some great suggestions that not only provide pain relief, but also strengthen your back to help prevent further problems.

Give Your Back the Exercise it Needs

It’s hard to think of exercise when your back hurts. And you definitely don’t want to engage in strenuous activities like sprinting, jumping jacks, squats or lunges. When your back is in bad shape, it needs something milder.

Tai chi and yoga can both work wonders to relieve both chronic and severe back pain. In fact, these gentle forms of exercise work just as well as physical therapy for reducing pain, improving function and lowering the use of pain medicine.

Another thing I like about these types of programs is that the brain-body connection can help train your body how to move correctly. As these natural and more graceful movements become automatic, you are less likely to experience back pain in the future.

There are also a few exercises you can do at home to ease your aching back. Some of the most effective include…

Leg stretches. Lay down flat on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your right leg at the knee and bring it in toward your chest. Use your hands to press the knee as far into your chest as possible. Hold for a count of ten and release. Repeat on left leg. Do this 3 or 4 more times.

Pelvic tilts. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your abdomen and curve it slightly upward with your back pressed to the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Bridge exercises. Lie flat with your legs bent and your arms straight/flat at your sides. Exhale, tighten your abdomen and slowly lift your hips off the floor. Gently roll your spine up one vertebra at a time from butt to shoulders until you’ve raised the last (upper) vertebra. Your back should be in a straight angle from shoulders to knees. Hold for a few seconds, then release your abdomen and reverse the process until you are back to resting position. Repeat 10 times.

All these exercises go to work immediately to stretch your back and hip muscles, relieve constriction and improve flexibility. They also strengthen your core muscles, which act like a “girdle” to help prevent future strains, sprains and pulled back muscles.

Pamper those Achy Bones and Muscles

In addition to giving your back the exercise it needs, I also recommend giving it a little pampering.

Most people don’t think of chiropractic care as pampering. But when something pops back into exactly the right place while you’re on the table… when you can suddenly and miraculously stand up straight again… well, it can be pretty blissful.

I recommend looking for a full service chiropractor who also offers massage and STIM/ TENS unit treatments. These added offerings help loosen you up beforehand, which makes it much easier for the chiropractor to perform an alignment.

Regular massages (outside of the chiropractor’s office) can also be helpful.

You see, when your back is in the throes of pain, it causes your muscles to spasm and tighten. And guess what happens next? These stiff and rigid muscles place direct pressure on your vertebrae. This not only contributes to agonizing back pain, it can also delay recovery.

A professional massage can help relieve those knotted muscles so that you heal more quickly too.

Soothing your aching muscles in a hot tub with jet sprays can help too. (If you don’t have access to one, you can get similar benefits by soaking in a warm bath containing Epsom salts along with some peppermint, spearmint or eucalyptus.)

For added relief, I recommend the application of a mentholated topical cream that contains 0.75% capsaicin to painful areas.

Taking a daily curcumin supplement can help, too. This powerful anti-inflammatory is widely recognized for its ability to relieve pain and inflammation. Look for one that is standardized to 90 to 95 percent total curcuminoids. And make sure it includes bioperine, a black pepper extract that substantially increases bioavailability.

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FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA strengthens warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause heart attacks or strokes. Safety Announcement. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. July 2015.

Cho E, et al. Prospective Evaluation of Analgesic Use and Risk of Renal Cell Cancer. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011; 171 (16): 1487.

Hauser, RA. The Acceleration of Articular Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis by Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. Journal of Prolotherapy. 2010;(2)1:305-322.

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Don’t Fall Prey to the #1 Cause of Disability

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 29, 2017

  • 4 out of 5 people will experience back pain in their lifetime
  • Prevent your back from failing when you need it most
  • Stand tall, lose weight and learn how to lift

Unless you regularly experience back pain, chances are good that you don’t give your back much thought. You take it for granted that your spine will support you, day in and day out, for your entire life.

Well, here’s a reality check for you.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of all adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. This means you have somewhere around a four out of five chance of falling victim to some sort of back problem in your lifetime.

These are horrible odds! To make matters even worse, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It’s related to more disabilities than any other health condition. Continue reading

4 Nutrients that Shut Down Knee Pain

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 16, 2017

  • Common knee pain treatments that don’t work
  • 4 nutrients that shut down knee pain
  • The one thing your knees need every day

If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, there is a long list of things you shouldn’t do… and an equally long list of things you should do.

So today I’m going to make things extremely easy for you. First I’ll show you what doesn’t work to ease knee pain… then I’ll clearly explain what does. Continue reading

Anxiety Remedy Beats Many Common Medications

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 4, 2017

  • Natural treatment for all that ails you
  • Ancient spice for aches, pains, migraines and acid reflux
  • Ginger fights cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more

Today many folks have come to rely so heavily on medical intervention for what ails them that they often forget to look toward natural remedies first.

For example, you might take heartburn medications for acid reflux or peptic ulcer. Maybe you take an NSAID pain reliever for minor aches and pains… or a prescription drug for migraine relief. And even though you know that all of these meds come with hefty side effects, you take them anyway.

Well, what if I told you there was a single spice that could help all of these issues? It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. And modern research is proving that these folks knew what they were doing. Continue reading

2 Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Constant Pain

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 25, 2017

  • Why does your body ache all of the time?
  • Boost your vitamin D levels to slash pain levels
  • Get more magnesium to soothe your aching body

When you wake up in the morning, do you have to move around for awhile to get rid of morning stiffness?

As the day wears on, do aches, pains and tender points plague you?

Do you get headaches, feel fatigued or suffer from poor sleep?

You may have been told these symptoms are “all in your head.” Well, I’m here to tell you that they probably aren’t. Continue reading

The Real Cause of Back Pain, Headaches and Indigestion

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 6, 2016

  • Why are back pain, digestive problems and weight gain plaguing you?
  • 4 signs that you’re stressed out
  • Stay calm and soothe your stress

Does your neck or back seem to ache constantly? Do you have digestive issues that keep gut tied up in knots? Are you putting on more weight than you would like?

I hear symptoms like these day in and day out. Some folks fret over them, concerned that they have a serious health condition. Others simply view these changes as part of the aging process, something they just have to live with.

Well, the problem – and the cure – may be much simpler than you might think. Continue reading

What Your Feet say about Your Health

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 5, 2016

  • What causes your hands and feet fall asleep?
  • Why you shouldn’t ignore tingling or numbness in your extremities
  • 4 tests that could reveal serious health problems

It happens to everyone. You sit too long in one position and a leg falls asleep. Lean on your elbow for a while and your lower arm and hand go numb. As the feeling starts to return, you feel like someone is pricking you with a couple of hundred tiny needles.

It’s uncomfortable for a few minutes, then it disappears altogether.

But what does it mean when it doesn’t go away, if it’s a frequent occurrence… or if those weird sensations are there all of the time? Continue reading

5 Powerful Tips to Avoid Broken Bones

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 30, 2016

  • You’re never too young to protect your bones against breaks and fractures
  • Why calcium alone isn’t enough
  • Here’s my secret formula to prevent fractures

When I talk to younger and middle-aged patients about shoring up their bone density, they often look at me with confusion. “But doc, I’m only 52. I don’t have to worry about that for years!”

What most folks don’t realize is that your bones reach maximum strength and density around age 30. After that, bone mass gradually starts breaking down.

You won’t notice it at first. You’ll still feel strong and be able to do the same things you’ve always done… right up until the minute you experience a break or fracture!

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Crohn’s: Genetics or Something Else?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 21, 2016

  • Are bowel disorders genetic or environmental?
  • The bugs in your bowels
  • Stop “managing” your symptoms and take control

When bowel problems strike, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fatigue can send even the hardiest person running to their doctor’s office.

In many cases these types of symptoms are a one-time event caused by bad food or a viral infection… even excess gas or stress. It will generally run its course, and you’ll be feeling better again in a matter of days.

But if you have Crohn’s disease or another inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), it’s never a “one time thing”. If it’s there now, it will always be a constant and painful reminder that all is not well within your body. So what can you do? Continue reading

Shut Down Headache Pain

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 10, 2016

  • Is your headache tension, cluster or migraine?
  • The mother of all headaches
  • Tips to tame your head pain

Did you know that just about half of the world’s entire adult population experiences a headache each year?

That’s a lot of headaches! And in many cases, the head pain just comes and goes. But there are certain types of headaches that seem to hang around a lot longer than others.

The most common type of headache is called the “tension-type” headache. They account for upwards of 70% of chronic, recurring head pain. Continue reading