ZING! It’s happened again… your back has seized up, and you’re down for the count.
For you, it’s just yet another bout of back pain. But for your doctor, it’s something else… a cash cow. Because between office visits, drugs, and even (ineffective) surgeries, back pain relief is BIG business.
But you want to know what’s worse than popping dangerous pills or submitting to risky surgeries? Ignoring your back pain altogether.
Because a new study has revealed how just grinning and bearing your way through back pain could end up killing you.
Researchers followed more than 8300 women for 14 years. They kept track of the volunteer’s back pain and how it was affecting different aspects of their lives including…
- their ability to perform activities of daily living
- how easily they could sit or stand
- how fast they could walk
What they discovered was shocking.
Back pain sufferers more likely to die early
Throughout the 14-year study, volunteers who reported frequent and persistent back pain were 24 percent more likely to DIE prematurely than volunteers who were back-pain free.
In other words, back pain was driving them into an early grave somehow. And the researchers think they know why.
People in pain tend to slow down. It’s a natural response that can help us avoid being in more pain.
But it appears it can ALSO have some unintended consequences.
When you’re hurting resting your muscles for some back pain relief can quickly turn into flat-out inactivity. And being sedentary can literally shave YEARS off your life.
And things keep going downhill from there. After exercise, diet is one of the first things to suffer when you have a bad back. Zapping a meal in the microwave is all many folks feel they can manage when they’re constantly battling back pain.
Deadly link between back pain and loneliness
And a social life? Forget about it!
Which is why back pain sufferers often report feeling isolated, lonely, and depressed. Regular readers of Healthier Talk know that’s like hitting the early-death trifecta. In fact, research shows lonely folks are 45 percent more likely to die early.
The problem, though, is in fixing the problem. Because when it comes to chronic back pain relief, modern medicine is stuck in medieval times.
Opioids are the most commonly prescribed painkillers for back pain. And you can’t turn on the television these days without hearing a new report about the crisis these dangerous drugs have caused.
Then there are the risky and expensive surgeries that many doctors swear offer real back pain relief. Spoiler alert… they often don’t.
In fact, very few people have even moderate long-term back pain relief after surgery.
3 NATURAL solutions for back pain relief
But we now know just living with the pain isn’t an option either. Because that starts the slide down a very slippery slope towards an early grave.
You have to face the pain head on instead. And I have three natural, safe, and proven back pain remedies you can try.
For thousands of years, the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture has tackled a variety of medical issues including back pain relief. And now science has backed up the practice with solid research.
For example, a meta-analysis published in the journal Spine found that acupuncture is effective against back pain. The key is to see a licensed practitioner to be safe. Check online for someone near you.
Endorphins are the brain chemicals that your body naturally releases when you’re in motion. And it turns out they can help relax your back muscles and ease your pain.
Endorphins literally block some of the pain signals in your brain, so you hurt less. As a bonus, they make you feel happier and more peaceful.
While your pain is at its worst, try gentle exercise such as swimming and light stretching. And schedule an appointment for some massage therapy too, which is a natural endorphin producer as well.
3. Physical therapy:
Instead of getting a prescription for drugs from your doc, ask for a referral. Physical therapists have specialized training to help them pinpoint and eliminate the cause of your back pain. Instead of symptom relief, a good physical therapist may be able to resolve your back pain for good.
Don’t let YOUR back pain drive you into an early grave. Fight back with these three natural and safe cures for REAL back pain relief.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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