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Your better half wants the sofa shifted and you willingly oblige forgetting for a moment that you are on the wrong side of forty. The searing pain you experience confirms that you have joined millions of others who unwittingly become victims of back pain. Only in your case it’s the lower back pain, which in the majority is generally caused when lower back muscles get strained due to heavy physical work, like lifting, bending and twisting.

However, it can also occur by consistently using improper sitting posture due to faulty workplace seating. And it can be hereditary too. The pain manifests itself differently in different people; it can be sudden, sharp, persistent or dull.

Discovering lower back pain

It’s true the misery of lower back pain remains a mystery, as you generally fail to understand the cause of such intense pain. You try all your bright ideas to ease the pain, but end up either suffering in silence or taking the easy way out through painkillers that may reduce the pain, but don’t eradicate the root cause of the problem. The result is gradual worsening of the condition that can force you to walk with a crooked posture or make you limp or shuffle with the aid of crutches.


This problem is generally caused by spinal injury due to accident or some strenuous physical activity or some other cause, resulting in slipped discs or misalignment of one or more lower vertebrae forming the spine. And if you’re unfortunate enough to have osteoporosis this condition gets aggravated. The inflamed nerves, branching out through the vertebrae, cause muscle spasms at the base of the spine that may immobilize you for days. Whatever be the reason, one thing is certain, this condition severely affects your quality of life.

Back pain remedies

Surgery is one option that’s best avoided. Why? Because there are many effective home remedies for back pain that you can safely apply and get immense relief from. There are certain excellent natural cures for back pain. Let’s see what they are:

a. Mobilizing the spine:

This comes under the ambit of physical therapy and is a safe and gentle way of freeing trapped nerves and realigning vertebrae and discs that have become misaligned. It aims to free the joints from constriction and helps increase the elasticity of soft tissues that may be pressing the spinal nerves.

b. Fixing bad posture:

Poor posture causes tension along the spine that can make your neck, shoulders, back and legs hurt. For this the recommended physical therapy is the body alignment exercise that can be done anywhere and need just a minute off your busy schedule. It exercises individual body parts.

c. Acupressure:

This Chinese technique, similar to acupuncture but without the needles, involves using your hands to apply pressure at specific energy points on your body. This frees blocked “life energy”, helping the body to heal.

d. Yoga:

Yoga, the Indian technique for all bodily ailments, is an excellent home remedy for lower back pain. It helps relieve stress and tension that sometimes cause this condition. However, take care to select the right yoga poses, as some can aggravate the existing pain.

e. Meditation:

Use this with visualization to think less negatively about the pain. This will help not only in bearing the pain, but also in freeing you from mental distress and muscular tension, leading to cure.

f. Kava:

Kava is a narcotic beverage made from the roots of a shrub called Piper methysticum. It’s effectively used as herbal medicine for back pain and is recognized by some doctors as a safe alternative to Xanax and Valium.

Natural cures are safe and effective and, more importantly, non-invasive. So, if you’re afflicted with a painful lower back condition, use them by all means, but not without first consulting your physician.





9 remedies have been posted.


  1. Nikki Says:

    All of these are good remedies, however Chiropractic is not mentioned. Chiropractors find and remove Vertebral subluxations (misalignments) in the spine that cause the nerve interference. Nerve interference not only affects your back but also can affect every area of your body beings that your Brain/Spinal cord are the master controls for all your body function.
    I suggest reading up on chiropractic and Vertebral subluxations. Only chiropractors are trained to find and correct vertebral subluxations. Be cautious if you have a PT or DO that says they are going to preform “modalities” because they do not have the specific training that Chiropractors do.

  2. Boblack Says:

    I would recommend sleeping on the floor or some other hard surface that gives you spine support. I have been doing this for a couple of weeks and I have noticed an great reduction in my back pain.

  3. Dr. Wright Says:

    I agree with Nikki. Chiropractic is one of the best natural remedies for back pain. In fact, Chiropractors are specialists in natural care of spinal pain. Patient satisfaction is among the highest of all treatment options. I urge you to consider chiropratic first! There are many techniques that you can be adjusted with- so it’s important that you find a DC that fits your needs and preferences.

  4. Ronnie Says:

    There is back pain and then there is BACK PAIN!!!!! I HAVE BACK PAIN!!! for aches and pains and the daily problems all of the above work well. How ever if you have 5 operations under your belt, tons of hardware, and tired of opiates??? Stay active, what ever you can stand to do. Walk, stretch, ride a bike, and swimming. For those of you who have put on weight due to back pain, lose the weight, its not helping your situation at all and get your abdomen muscles stronger. A strong gut makes for a stronger back. I am/was 100 percent disable, in my 40s, 5 back operations with hardware, 5 knee operations, 3 hip, and found the life on pain killers is no life to have. Gave them up years ago, and live a more productive life. Yes! I am still in constant pain, but it is manageable as long as I stay active and do my stretches. Dont worry, its not the end of the road. Oh, I also have 4 disc out in my neck…Osteo-arthritis, Degen. Disc Disease, osteophytes (Spelling?)Good luck fellow sufferers ……..

  5. Michael Says:

    Try gravity inversion therapy (an inversion table)

  6. Pete Says:

    I agree with Ronnie.I have found that a sedentary life after my injury wasen’t helping,i got out of my chair and out of most of my pain.I’ve lost weight and i have changed my diet i feel better your mental outlook has a lot to do with it.I got so tired of taking pain medication and stool softeners that i had to change my mind set or i would go crazy.I do stretches and long walks i cut out the carbs increased protein eating and drinking freash fruit,veggie juices this works for me everyone is different my age is 54 Seasons Greetings to all.

  7. mhershey Says:

    your doctor can give you worksheets that have daily stretches you can do to help with pain, i have pulled muscles in my back a couple of times and im only 25. a day or two of muscle relaxers followed by daily stretching really helps, and for men DO NOT PUT YOUR WALLET IN YOUR BACK POCKET you will endup sitting on it and itll mess you up mens wallets can get hefty, my boyfriend found a huge difference in his pain and he got in his lower back when he stopped putting his wallet in his back pocket( ad if your still going to take it out before sitting down please). And I say chiropractor along with morning stretches. also if you are sitting all day make sure you get up at least every 2 hours and do a little stretching , if you are embarrassed go in the bathroom at work and do it.

  8. Makenzie Says:

    My biggest problem when it comes to back pain, is that I have a weak stomach and a weak butt. I have been doing sit ups and butt lifts the past few weeks, and it’s amazing how much better I sleep, how much further I can walk, and how much better I feel. If you strengthen your abs and glutes, it takes off a lot of the stress on your back because when your stomach and butt are weak, your back is doing all the work. Also stretching helps too! Hope this helped someone!

  9. Chuck Says:

    Chiropractors can help but before you go to one get an MRI done to see if you have a herniated disc or buldging disc a chiropractor can actually do more harm then good if the is the case. Mine is the L5 to S1 and yes I would feel good after a visit but that wouldn’t last now that I’m not going to the chiropractor my back has improved but it’s not as good as it was. Lots of strecthing and stomach and back exercises with walking is helping also look for tart cherry juice it’s a natrual pain killer and it doesn’t taste bad either. But what I’m looking for is a way to fix my buldged disc and if anyone has a suggestion on that I would love to hear it.

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