From dehydration to an inflammatory diet, here are the most common causes—and the best natural therapies—for back pain
Q : I have chronic low back pain that has waxed and waned for more than 30 years. I don’t want to take drugs. Any suggestions?
a: Chronic low back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical advice. First and foremost, it’s important to work with a provider who will take the time to understand the history of your pain. Good questions for a doctor to ask: What makes the pain worse or better? When did it start? Is it progressing?
Almost all pain is exacerbated, if not caused entirely, by inflammation, so it’s always worthwhile to engage in natural anti-inflammatory practices. The first recommendation is to be well-hydrated. The “shock absorber” discs between the bony units of the spinal column are mostly made of water (as is the rest of your body). Being well-hydrated will keep those discs turgid, thus providing internal traction.
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