home remedies for back pain

3 Trending Products We’re Seeing A Lot Of In 2020 – Help or Hype?

If you are searching for home remedies for back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain is the leading cause of disability and one of the most common reasons for missed work in the US. Many people are turning away from traditional over the counter medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen and NSAIDs in search of  home remedies and more natural products.

We look at three trending home remedies for pain and inflammation. Discover:

  • which have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation,
  • why we can’t legally apply or recommend these with our in-office treatments,
  • why these don’t address long term recovery and pain management, and
  • which one the Blazers Team uses as part of their muscle recovery regimen. 

1. CBD Oil

Your friends have told you about CBD pain relieving lotion or oil. You’ve seen it at every convenience store and in the natural grocery checkout line. CBD has certainly seen an uptick in popularity since becoming legalized in Oregon, and is popular among those suffering from lower back pain. But is CBD really the miracle that everyone is claiming it to be?

What is CBD Oil?

According to the The Harvard medical Journal, CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from the hemp plant, a close relative of Marijuana. It differs from Marijuana in that it does not contain THC, which gives Marijuana its “high” capabilities, but maintains its powerful pain reducing properties.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD oil or lotion, when applied to the skin can penetrate muscle and tissue. It’s said to lower inflammatory or neuropathic pain, which is often related to lower back pain.

Is CBD Oil Safe For Back Pain?

Since it is still illegal at the federal level, there is limited research. The European Journal of Pain reports that CBD can lower pain and inflammation through topical application.

We can’t legally prescribe or use CBD in our offices as part of a treatment plan.

CBD oil or lotion, when applied to the skin, penetrates muscle and tissue. It can help lower inflammatory or neuropathic pain, which is often related to lower back pain.

Key Idea: While CBD may help to relieve pain and inflammation temporarily, it does not address or treat the underlying causes of soft tissue or structural issues causing the pain.  Any relief would be temporary and not a true correction of the problem.  A combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage greatly increases the chances of proper skeletal alignment, soft tissue recovery, and elimination of pain.

2. Essential Oils For Back Pain

Essential oils have been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and are a popular home remedy today. For topical use, they are mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the skin to ease some of the symptoms of lower back pain.

essential oils for back pain

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are potent oils derived from plants for their medicinal and aromatherapeutic properties and are used to aid in the treatment of various ailments.  Essential oils are popular for massage or as a home remedy addition to managing lower back pain.

How Do Essential Oils Work To Relieve Back Pain?

Like other topical treatments, essential oils can penetrate the muscle and tissue of the lower back.  Proponents of essential oils claim anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties relieve back pain. Their aromatherapeutic benefits can be pleasant and relaxing.

Are Essential Oils Safe?

  • Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, and there is limited research on their safety, effectiveness, and benefits.
  • Studies show that the best results are experienced when essential oils are used in conjunction with integrated treatment like what we offer our clients here at Team Rehab.

If you are interested in a home remedy approach that includes essential oils, make sure to check in with a trained aromatherapy specialist, and always avoid ingesting essential oils, or using near sensitive areas like the eyes. While essential oils can be beneficial and relaxing, they do not address the underlying injury or imbalance causing lower back pain.

Additional Resources

PRECAUTIONS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS

3.  Biofreeze

Biofreeze is a topical cooling pain reliever made with menthol and used to temporarily relieve aches and pains from muscle injuries or strain. It’s commonly used by professional sports teams across the US, including the Blazers right here in Portland.

How Does Biofreeze Work?

Biofreeze can offer benefits similar to icing, but with less damage to the skin, and faster results. The menthol is quickly absorbed on application, creating a sensation of cold in the area, and actually blocking the pain receptors in the brain resulting in almost instant results. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine states that when biofreeze is used in conjunction with chiropractic or physical therapy, it can result in lower back pain lessening at a faster rate than with clinical treatments alone.

Is Biofreeze Safe?

Biofreeze should not be applied to irritated or injured skin. If a reaction occurs, discontinue use. While it can be beneficial to use a biofreeze product in conjunction with chiropractic or physical therapy, it should never be used in place of clinical therapy.

While these products might help provide short term relief, they will not address the root cause of the pain and will not correct the problems to provide long term pain reduction or elimination.

At Team Rehab, we encourage you to take charge of your body’s health, and work with our team of expert to create a  treatment plan to help you fully recover from lower back pain.

Talk with one of our specialists about your at-home remedies and routines, so we can best treat the root cause of your lower back pain. We believe an integrated approach offers greatest long term benefits to our clients.

Sources:

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

https://www.biofreeze.com/about#backed-by-science

https://www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.lib.pdx.edu/science/article/pii/S0899346708000323

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-back-pain#precautions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2661569?https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2661569

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