Backpain is one of the most common conditions around the world and severely affects the lives of millions of people; research into this problem is ongoing but so far only short term back relief remedies are available. Pain relief is possible with the medications available but that is all they do and the reason for the pain continues. While there are a host of prescription medications that help with pain relief, many are doing nothing more than masking the symptoms instead of tackling the underlying cause of the pain. Medication should be used sparingly and under the strict supervision of a medical professional.
The problem with the back is although it is strong, at the same time it is easily damaged; once spinal injury has occurred it can be a permanent condition. Of course the most common way to injure your spine is by lifting heavy weights or lifting them incorrectly. Many people are now turning to other methods of gaining backpain relief which do not include the use of drugs.
Tense muscles in the back can be eased just by gentle stretching; this provides relief and is simple to carry out. Massaging the feet in certain areas (reflexology) can bring relief in a number of conditions; it works very well in relieving backpain. Relaxing muscles and increasing the effectiveness of the circulatory system are two other reasons to use reflexology.
The Chinese medical art of acupuncture can also be used to help bring backpain relief, something which has only been recognized a short while in the West. Followers of traditional Chinese medicine are of the belief that every person has an inner energy force (chi) that reflects of our state of health, mental and physical. By using thin needles placed into the body at specific points, they can free this trapped (unhealthy) energy. Whilst acupuncture is used for many conditions, it is frequently used for pain relief and many people claim to have excellent results from using it.
Tai Chi is also another ancient Chinese discipline which is basically a type of exercise similar to yoga except it is slower. It focuses on breath control and is very relaxing owing to its gentle nature. It is possible for anyone to participate irrespective of age. In addition to these methods to natural backpain relief, exercise can also help to relieve backpain; it increases physical flexibility generally, but also of the spine, which can aid the prevention of future problems.