Chronic Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people can’t come into work. It’s a real epidemic caused by bad posture habits and failure to develop proper strength and flexibility. To make matters worse, there’s a lot of confusion on how to cure back pain. At one point, in an effort to eliminate chronic back pain I went through different chiropractors, acupuncturists, back specialists, physiotherapists, and the list goes on! I’m not saying that there aren’t awesome medical practitioners that don’t have the capability to eliminate back pain, but I almost lost hope… Until I discovered alternative ways to relieve and eventually eliminate my back pain. One important starting point before taking on the following list, is to really understand what problem is and what could be the root cause. I eventually figured out that my muscles kept getting extremely tense, and my only hope for temporary relief was a deep tissue massage with grinding elbows (OUCH!). For many years I kept up this pattern until I had enough and decided to search for alternative approaches to eliminating back pain. Now I’m so happy and grateful to say that my life is VERY different. I feel taller, my back feels in place, and I feel comfortable sitting and standing. With the list below I’m hoping I can save you many years of finding a cure, and thousands of dollars from your wallet and insurance bills. If you follow all five suggestions from this list, I’m confident you’ll be happy and on your way to recovery. At least try it for a month.
- Massage Aids
I can’t stress this more. Sometimes you’ll have those hard nights where your muscles are incredibly tense and you’ve asked your partner way too many times for a massage. This is exactly why you should have the following items around your home:
- Lacrosse Ball
- Massage Roller
With a lacrosse ball you’ll be able to pin point exactly where your muscles are tense. It also gives you the currect indication on how to sit properly (which is making sure you have support for your lumbar region). Its hard enough to give you that relief you’re looking for, yet the perfect size to not give you discomfort. You can buy a lacrosse ball from Amazon or any sporting goods store. Check out the video below on how to use a lacrosse ball to give you relief from chronic back pain.
Like the lacrosse ball, a massage roller is an excellent tool to keep around the house. Especially because its firm and allows you soften the specific regions of your back. It fits perfectly in the lumbar region, and will give you awesome support when sitting in uncomfortable positions. You should use it anytime you feel like your posture is not correct. Its actually meant for sore muscles after an intense workout.
2. Yoga & Deep Stretches
Continuing to do deep stretches will ensure those muscles stop tightening. Your muscles have been conditioned to go back into the same mode, which is why to reverse it you must have it adapt to the new ways. Achieving flexibility through yoga and deep stretches is key to achieving relief from chronic back pain.
3. Meditation & Self-Hypnosis
No joke here, meditation training works… Only if you truly believe in it. This was the one thing I did that allowed my subconscious mind to be reconditioned. It is incredible how much emotional baggage you collect over the years, and it can show up in physical form. If you follow Louise Hay, you’ll learn that many illnesses are derived from a hidden negative emotion. In my case it was unnecessary guilt, and that was one of the constant feelings I had to let go in order to release the tension along my back. Make sure you find credible sources when it comes to meditation tapes and self-hypnosis. There’s a lot of stuff out there that doesn’t really cut it. We’ve found a great self-hypnosis meditation below, start by following through on it every evening.