Home Remedies for Backache

Backaches are one of the most common ailments prevalent today. There are several causes of backache. Sedentary living habits, hazardous work patterns and psychological conditions associated with emotional stress, are known to bring about spasms of the muscles, causing backaches. Besides muscular pain, backaches can also originate from the nerves, ligaments, tendons and joints or could be linked to the spine. Bad posture or illness could also trigger a backache. As the back bears the weight of the entire body, overweight persons feel an additional strain on the back when they have to carry an extra load.

Back pain is very common during pregnancy, due to the considerable anatomical changes and stress in the body. Carrying a child changes the position of your internal organs putting a huge amount of pressure on the lower spine. The increase in body weight, the muscle relaxing effects of the hormone progesterone, and the change in your center of gravity contribute to the problem. That's why every day as your baby grows it's harder to get up and down of chairs and beds. The use of home remedies for back pain is essential for expecting moms.

Prevention Tips for Back Pain

There are several useful tips to avoid backache and these include:
  • Improve your posture
  • Regular back and abdominal exercises can keep your back in excellent physical condition
  • Ensure that your mattress provides firm support
  • Sleep on your side (in an “S” shape) or place pillows between your knees to provide comfort to your back
  • If you lift heavy objects, bend at the hips and knees, and keep your back straight
  • Wear flat shoes with a good arch support if you stand for long periods of time
  • Take regular breaks and move around rather than sit or stand in one position for several hours
  • Sit on an ergonomic chair when working on a computer or make sure that your chair supports the small of your back
  • Reduce the weight of your handbag, as a heavy load creates stress on your spine
  • Avoid wearing high heeled shoes, as they can lead to back pain

  • Home Remedies

    1. Two or three cloves(Garlic) should be taken every morning.
    2. An oil prepared form garlic and rubbed on the back will give a good result in backache.
    3. An boil oil mix with Camphor & apply on your Back.
    4. Ginger paste and eucalyptus oil could be applied on the affected area.
    5. Heat/Ice therapy are simple and effective options for finding back pain relief at home.
    6. A Proper Diet can prevent back pain and help control the symptoms of existing conditions. Nutritional supplements, herbs, and vitamins are all important parts of an alternative back pain relief program.
    7. Massage the affected area with herbal oils using knuckles and increasing pressure slowly. Barberry (Berberis vulgaris):
    8. For low backache, often related to kidney weakness or congestion.
    9. For sciatica and neuralgia with radiating pain and weakened muscles
    10. Use in rheumatic disorders, sciatica, bursitis, neuralgia and gout.
    11. Black Cohosh-Cimicifuga racemosa
    12. Anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing muscle spasms in low back and neck.
    13. Suitable for wry neck (torticollis), sciatica, neuralgia and intercostal (rib) neuralgia. Treats muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis.
    14. The easy and helpful remedy for back pain is to take a piece of chebulic myroblan after taking every meal.
    15. Heat the coconut oil or sesame oil on low flame adding 8 pieces of garlic in it.When mixture became cool, apply it and give massage on the affected area with light hands. Keep it for 3-4 hours.Take bath with warm water.
    16. Vitamin C rich foods are good in relieving pain of backache. One should eat 2,000 mg of vitamin C everyday. Orange, grapes and pineapple etc are fruits which are rich in vitamin C and it is cure for back pain.
    17. Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum): Low back, sacrum, and sacroiliac pain. Stiff, weak back that "gives out." Helps with arthritic and rheumatic backache with heaviness, swelling.
    18. Jamaican Dogwood (Piscidia erythrina): Strong sedative, pain-relieving and antispasmodic effects. Especially valuable for muscular back spasms and pain, but also used in asthma, menstrual pain, insomnia, toothache or nervous conditions.
    19. Kava Kava (Piper methysticum): Relaxes muscles, reduces internal and external spasms and cramps. Pain reliever, plus enhances pain-reducing effects of aspirin and drugs. No hangover, tolerance, build-up or addiction, typical of medical drugs.
    20. Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria): Herbal forerunner of aspirin provides anti-inflammatory pain relief. No gastric irritation like medical NSAIDs; neutralizes stomach acids and general internal acidity.
    21. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Relaxing and sedative effects, reduces transmission of pain signals. Muscle relaxant, relieves muscle spasms and contractures due to stress and tension; eases menstrual pain, colic, asthma, irritable bowel spasm.
    22. Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa): Indicated for backache characterized by sharp, knife-like sensations. A relaxant used for pain originating in the digestive system, gall bladder, nervous system, uterus. Supplies precursors for adrenal cortisol.