Since the time humans first started walking upright, back pain has plagued them. We have tried many remedies to relieve our back pain since then. Unfortunately, our ancestors did not have access to the same modern medicine and procedures that we do. We are quick to take a pill or visit a doctor or chiropractor for any aches or pains.
What were the old-time remedies that our ancestors used for a bad back? The answer is yes. There are many home remedies for back pain. They are all common sense, but I don’t know how much they are secret. It’s surprising, however, how often common sense is thrown out the window by pain. Let’s first look at the benefits of these “secret home remedies”.
- These remedies can reduce or eliminate pain.
- You will feel better.
- This will improve your sleep.
- It is possible to save money when you compare prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
This sounds great! These secrets have many other benefits, but these are enough to get you started. These are the remedies that I have found to work for me, and I’m sure they will work for you. Some of these remedies can be used immediately, some when the pain subsides, and some only after consulting your doctor.
- Rest: I know it’s “Big Secret”, but it’s amazing at how many people forget how to truly rest. Turn off all electronic devices at the least half an hour before you go to bed. Keep your bedroom dark and cool. If you have serious sleep problems, consult your doctor.
- Pillows: I also like pillows. The pillow is placed between my knees and I lie on my back.
- Cold Compress: Take a bag of frozen peas and wrap it in a towel. Place directly on the injured area. Did you know that athletes who are injured first apply “ice” to their injuries? This is because it works! The cold calms the nerves and reduces pain. The compress should be left on for no more than twenty minutes.
- Heat: There are many lotions and rubs that can be purchased to ease the pain. A simple home remedy is to have someone sew a bag made with rice. Place the bag in the microwave for a few seconds, then place it on the affected area. The heat helps to relax the muscles and reduces pain. My wife loves to switch from cold to hot packs, as she says it shocks her muscles and nerves. You can try it, but don’t use too many hot or cold packs at once.
- Massage: I love a good massage. It really helps me to relax. Olive Oil is a great oil for a massage. You can warm a few teaspoons in a microwave-safe bowl and then apply the oil to your back. Be careful not to heat it. You don’t need to worry about technique. All you need is slow up-down or circular motion.
- Hot Honey & Lemon Juice: This was my dad’s cure for any illness, from a cold to a bad spine. Dad never took a sick day, and he lived to eighty-nine. This secret elixir can be found in modern times as a cup of hot, warm water, a tablespoon honey, and some lemon juice. I like to add a whole slice of lemon to the cup. Stir, microwave until hot, and then drink slowly.
These “secret home remedies” for back pain are worth a try. These home remedies can help you ease your pain and improve your health. Each one is a personal recommendation. I have personally used each one to relieve my sciatica pain. These products can not only relieve your pain but also provide health benefits. If your back pain doesn’t disappear, see your doctor.