Any kind of pain is bad news. But chronic back pain is a special kind of miserable.
No matter how you sit… stand… or lie down… you’re in agony.
And as you know, conventional painkillers aren’t a simple solution. They may be a necessary evil sometimes. But with each pill you pop, you’re inviting serious side effects such as internal bleeding.
But what if the solution WAS so simple, you could fix your problem safely. And even more incredibly, overnight?
And I really do mean OVERNIGHT.
Because the hidden cause of your chronic back pain is likely, something that’s happening once the sun goes down…
Sleep like THIS? You’re killing your back!
According to a recent survey, 10 percent of Americans sleep on their back.
Another 16 percent sleep on their stomach.
And 74 percent sleep on their side.
Guess what? ALL of those sleep positions could be putting you in a world of hurt.
Are you a stomach or back sleeper? Experts say you could be contorting your spine and pulling muscles while you’re sleeping, causing your chronic back pain.
But if you sleep on your side, you’re not necessarily safe either.
That’s because most side sleepers tend to curl up tight in a fetal position. It may feel comfortable as you’re falling asleep, but it can over-stretch your back muscles.
In fact, one of the MOST common causes of lower back pain is a pulled back muscle from over-stretching it while you sleep.
So what sleep position is the best for folks with chronic back pain?
- Sleep on your side with a pillow tucked between your knees. This aligns your hips, pelvis, and spine to protect against stretching and pulling your back at night
- Stop tucking in tightly, instead keep your body more elongated when you sleep
- Make sure your pillow is the right size… your neck should be straight, not bent
Most of the time making these simple adjustments will slash your back pain OVERNIGHT.
But if it takes you a few nights (or more, habits are hard to break) to master them, you don’t have to grin and bear the pain.
3 SAFE natural solutions for chronic back pain that WORK
Following are three proven natural solutions without the drug side effects…
1. See a chiropractor or acupuncturist:
Studies show getting your back cared for by a chiropractor could reduce your pain just as well as NSAIDs. And research proves acupuncture can cut pain in HALF in many cases.
No matter whether you go with “back-cracking” or “pins-and-needles,” many folks find seeing a chiropractor or acupuncturist helps them end their chronic back pain for good.
2. Take natural anti-inflammatories:
Inflammation is at the heart of all kinds of pain, including back pain. Eliminating it can mean saying goodbye to back pain. And that’s where natural anti-inflammatories come in.
Like NSAID drugs, they target inflammation. But unlike meds, they don’t put you at risk of significant side effects such as bleeding.
EPA and DHA-rich fish oil can help melt away your pain fast, especially if arthritis is contributing to your discomfort. And turmeric, the active ingredient in the spice curcumin, is a proven safe anti-inflammatory too. Look for quality fish oil and turmeric supplements from a maker you trust.
3. AVOID bed rest:
When every move you make is torture, you may be tempted to stay in bed. Don’t. Hiding in bed or even lounging on the couch for too long can make your back pain WORSE.
A brief rest is fine, but the key to getting rid of your back pain is staying active. Try to move and even do gentle exercises if possible as much as you can during the day.
Keep in mind a little discomfort when you exercise is okay, but never try to push through outright pain. And take breaks as needed. This will help relieve your pain and limit muscle cramping at the same time.
For real chronic back pain relief switch up how you sleep. And use these safe and effective natural solutions when needed.
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