In the UK alone, back pain costs the economy about 12 billion pounds per year (about 15.4 billion USD). As the most common cause of disability, this financial impact of back pain is felt in just about every nation in the world. While some cases of back pain resolve on their own within a few days, what can you do about chronic or recurring back pain? Here are 3 natural solutions to try.
#1 Vitamin D for Back Pain
The number of people who are vitamin D deficient in the western world is shocking. Perhaps the problem is how much time we spend indoors sitting at a desk for work. Maybe it is how few nutrients we get from fast food. Regardless of the reason, vitamin D is vital to bone health because it aids in calcium absorption. The solution to vitamin D deficiency is to spend a little more time in the sun and to use supplements.
#2 Exercise More – Especially If You Have a Desk Job
You may find it tough to get to the gym every day, especially if you have a 9-5 desk job with a long commute. However, exercise can help pain and the posture most of us assume at a desk can make it worse, so there are two things to work against here. It’s important to make time for at least a little exercise each day, even if it is just a short walk at lunch. If you work at a desk, get up and stretch or walk a little every 30-45 minutes throughout the day, and be sure not to hunch over your desk. Keeping monitors at eye level is important to spine health.
#3 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Even if you have not enjoyed past chiropractic experiences, don’t judge upper cervical before you try it. This subspecialty of chiropractic involves precise measurements of the top two bones of the spine and low force corrections that are so gentle you might not believe anything happened if not for how good you feel afterward.
While your pain may not be anywhere near the top of your neck, the spine works as a whole and misalignments at the top of the chain cause changes all the way down the spine that can lead to uneven shoulders, hips, and leg lengths. Correcting alignment at the top can likewise have good effects all the way down and provide long-lasting relief for stubborn pain.