Natural Back Pain Treatment

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Back Pain, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Learn the best ways to relieve back pain naturally

Reducing your body's acidity and changing your sleeping position are two ways to relieve back pain that don't cost a dime. But if these back pain treatments don't work for you—or you prefer a different approach—here are some other excellent ways to relieve back pain naturally:

Magnet Therapy

Doctors have known for years that your body's healing process is triggered by magnetic resonance. When you sleep, your brain sends electromagnetic signals to all of your cells and these signals "fast-forward" your self-repair process. Scientists have been trying to harness this speed-healing mechanism for years.

One physician—Dr. Dean Bonlie—was successful at doing this. In an effort to rid himself of chronic back pain, he developed a sleep pad with embedded magnets. Although there are dozens of magnetic sleep pads on the market, his is unique because only the energy from the negative field of the magnet reaches the body. Studies have suggested that using the negative field of a magnet can safely promote healing, but that exposing the body to positive magnetic fields can trigger a dramatic increase in the growth of cancer cells in addition to promoting re-growth of cartilage, bone, and nerves.

Based on his work to increase negative magnetic fields with sleeping pads, Dr. Bonlie developed the Magnetic Molecular Energizer (MME). MME therapy is provided exclusively at Advanced Magnetic Research Institute (AMRI) centers. Currently, there are five AMRI centers in the United States.

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Chiropractic Care

Several years ago, researchers at the prestigious Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit of the British Medical Research Council in Harrow, Middlesex, England, released the results of a large study comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic care and medical care for the treatment of severe back pain. The two-year study involved 741 patients ages 18 to 65. The chiropractic patients experienced better results when evaluated at six months after treatment, and the benefit of that treatment was even more evident at the two-year follow-up.

The fact that chiropractic treatment was far superior won't come as any surprise to those of you who’ve used the treatment. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, it may be just what you need to finally put an end to the problem.

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Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy has relieved chronic back pain for half a million people worldwide. It is based on the premise that much musculoskeletal pain is due to weakness of ligaments and tendons—the tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone, or bone to muscle. They are the stabilizers of the musculoskeletal system. As long as they are strong and taut, they keep bones, joints, and muscles in place and allow for smooth, pain-free movement.

When joints or ligaments become injured, weak, or lax, the surrounding structures become unstable and move out of position. The areas where the ligaments attach to the bones (fibro-osseous junctions) are rich in nerve endings, so the resulting misalignment can be painful, and pain signals may be transmitted to nearby areas. Nerves and blood vessels may be compressed or pinched, and cartilage may be damaged.

Prolotherapy involves injecting a mildly irritating solution into weakened ligaments, tendons, discs, and the fibrous capsules of joints. The injected solution causes an inflammatory reaction, which stimulates the body to produce new collagen, which strengthens the injured area. As collagen heals, it contracts and pulls the ligaments tighter, making them stronger and more stable. The result is improved function, increased range of motion, and pain relief.

To find a doctor in your area who performs prolotherapy, visit The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Integrative Pain Management.

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Thompson Maneuver

This easy exercise helps to support the alignment of the sacroiliac joints—two small joints at the juncture of the hipbones and the triangular bone at the base of the spine (called the sacrum). The key is to do this maneuver correctly and often.

Before you begin, identify on your own body the area this maneuver targets. Simply put your hands on your waist with your thumbs toward the front. Move your fingers down until you feel your tailbone. Now, walk a few steps and notice the motion there—these are your sacroiliac joints. Then follow these steps:

  1. Sitting up straight with your shoulders against a chair or bed, or lying on a flat surface, bend one leg at the knee and grab onto your ankle with the opposite hand (fingers on the front of the ankle, thumb circling and resting under the ankle). Hold the arm straight down to get the proper angle.

    Thompson Maneuver Step 1
  2. Place your other hand on the bent knee with your thumb on the inside, your little finger on the outside, and your three middle fingers on top of the knee. Let the bent knee drop naturally to the outside.

    Thompson Maneuver Step 2
  3. Elevate the elbow of the arm holding your knee to the level of the shoulder, so the shoulder and elbow are level. Moving the elbow straight back, pull the knee gently but firmly as far back as it will comfortably go. The lower leg and forearm should be in a more or less straight line. The sacroiliac joint is now in its proper place.

    Thompson Maneuver Step 3
  4. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then release and repeat the procedure with the opposite leg.

It's impossible to pull too far back—you cannot displace the hip by pulling back. If the joint is already in position, this is still a helpful exercise for increasing circulation and toning the area. For acute injury, repeat this maneuver every hour, or as frequently as possible, for three to four minutes for the first four or five days after injury. Continue to do it at least three times daily as a preventive measure to keep your sacroiliac joints in proper alignment.

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The Ma Roller

The Ma Roller is a safe, inexpensive device that resembles a modified rolling pin, and it can provide quick relief of low back pain. It helps to alleviate spinal compression through self-performed acupressure. You simply lie on the floor and place the roller under your lower back (or wherever you want the pressure). The device relaxes the muscles by providing firm force along acupressure points.

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DMSO

DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) is a clear, colorless, slightly oily liquid with a faint smell of sulphur. DMSO on its own can reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. It can speed the healing process, preserve tissue, and be a godsend to individuals suffering from serious chronic back pain.

I recommend that everyone keep a pint of 99.9 percent pure liquid DMSO on hand. DMSO should always be diluted with distilled water. It works best, in the majority of conditions, when it is in 70 to 90 percent concentrations—70 percent DMSO and 30 percent distilled water, or 90 percent DMSO and 10 percent distilled water.

Using your fingers or a cotton swab, apply DMSO directly to the skin. Most authorities suggest dabbing DMSO onto an area, but rubbing it on has been shown to improve the absorption time by up to 50 percent. A typical application is 1–3 teaspoons. For acute injuries, apply DMSO every two hours for six to eight hours following the injury. For the next five days or so, apply once every four to six hours. You can purchase DMSO at health food stores from online retailers.

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