Back pain is one of those tweaks so many of us deal with on a daily basis. Much of it has to do with sitting at desks with poor posture all day. For others, it's the fact we sleep on our sides, which can cause problems with the alignment.
Whatever the cause though, once some of the bones shift, it causes attached muscles to pull with it. As muscles pull, the corresponding muscles become tighter.
With the back being central to everything we do, it's the back that experiences this tension. We love visiting a massage therapist whenever possible as this can help reduce some tension, and even finding the right (professional and certified) chiropractor helps correct adjustment issues.
For extreme pain, consult your doctor, but for the lingering pain you deal with, we've got information on some very helpful supplements to consider.
Reduce Back Pain with Supplements:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
One of the issues leading to back pain are bones rubbing against bones. Your body naturally has a lubricant and cartilage between bones.
However, with the spine, gravity pulls down on the spine, causing it to squeeze and suppress these lubricating buffer zone areas.
One of the best ways to alleviate this kind of pain is to take a supplement that supports the fluid around your joints and the cartilage.
This is an excellent supplement to take if you're suffering from knee pain as well.
By strengthening the cartilage and fluid around your bones, you'll have less of that painful grinding feeling. Best of all, you can find it in the vitamin and mineral section of most grocery stores, so it's not difficult (or expensive) to locate.
This supplement might be the one on the list where you'll need to head out to the local natural medicine and food store as it a bit more specialized than the other options on the list (but trust us, still well worth picking up)!
Devil's claw comes from plant known as harpagophy procumbens (the scientific name for it). It's a plant from Africa that comes with harpagoside, which is an ingredient used to help fight inflammation.
The recommended dosage for the supplement is 50 mg a day.
You can find harpagoside in a few other supplements, but the devil's claw option is one of our favorite (plus it kind of has an interesting name, don't you think?).
Whenever dealing with lingering pain in the body, just about anything fighting inflammation is a must.
Which is why this works great for both back pain and knee pain.
Boost Vitamin D
This is one of the areas where having a deficiency test can be helpful. A deficiency test can determine if you're running low on certain vitamins. Many people who suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis have a vitamin D deficiency.
It is recommended to consume around 15 mg of vitamin D a day.
You can take a multi-vitamin with vitamin D in it, or just drink a glass of milk a day (or add some more cheese to that sandwich).
If you're not taking fish oil yet you really need to add it to your dietary regimen. It's packed with so many healthy benefits it is sure to do a world of good for you. It's also something that'll help with your back pain issues. One of the biggest ways it helps with your back pain is it's ability to reduce inflammation.
If you're on any kind of medication it's a good idea to consult with your doctor first (inflammation supplements and blood thinners may counteract with one another, so it's a good idea to check if you are on medication).
However, adding a fish oil supplement in the morning will help with the pain. It also helps with other physical activities, such as weight lifting or strenuous cardio (by cutting inflammation it helps your muscles recover faster).
If the word looks familiar but you're not sure where you saw (or heard) it, capsaicin likely popped up in a cooking or travel food show with regards to spicy peppers.
The chemical found inside of peppers (and the seeds) that offers the hot kick is capsaicin. Those peppers with a spicier flavor have higher levels of capsaicin.
Now, that doesn't mean you need to go out and start eating peppers. That might help give you a burning mouth (and if you've ever over consumed on spicy Mexican food before like us, a burning in a few other areas of the body as well), but it's not going to help with your back pain.
Instead, look for topical creams that come with capsaicin. It is rubbed onto the area of your body in pain, such as your back. It helps warm the area and open up the blood flow to the area as well. Increasing blood flow to the area of pain increases the amount of oxygen it receives. It also helps deliver some of those other inflammation supplements you're taking.
According to the Journal of Pain Research, test subjects who used a topical cream containing capsaicin 38 percent of the time saw a substantial decrease in their level of pain. Combine that with an inflammation supplement and the number boosts even higher.
Consider turmeric as one of those supplements you can use off and on. It's a spice you can add to your food (and it also comes as an essential oil). It's another option to help fight inflammation while there are other healthy properties to it as well. It's a pretty common ingredient in Indian food (one of the seasonings giving certain dishes an orange appearance).
The only reason why you might want to limit your intake is if your stomach isn't accustomed to the spice it may cause an upset stomach (so if you currently suffer from stomach issues you might want to focus on other inflammation fighting supplements on this list).
Back pain is enough to really affect your day. However, you don't need to put up and deal with it. Instead, there are plenty of other options out there to help combat whatever pain your dealing with.
Seeing a professional may help identify the cause of the back pain, but for the times you aren't able to make it to a trained professional, you need to consider adding these supplements to your diet. Each are easy to find, effective and less expensive.