I recently start watching Grace and Frankie series and it seems that I and Jane Fonda have something in common: lower back pain. Since I’m not a fan of Vicodin or any strong painkillers, I rely on natural treatments to solve any pain in my body, including lower back pain. I’m more of a Frankie type trapped in Grace’s body.
As I was saying, last week I couldn’t get out of bed due to a strong lower back pain. I know it’s not sciatica, but the lower back pain was killing me. So, I called my husband to help me with some natural remedies, which I’m already familiar. At my age, I suffered from many pains and I know some pretty good tips in de-stressing my back from such pains.
So, first I applied the hot/cold therapy to ease the pain a bit…
It’s best to use cold compresses or an ice pack, not heat, immediately following a back injury, since this can alleviate pain by numbing the area and prevent or reduce swelling. About 48 hours after the onset of back pain, though, applying heating pads or a hot-water bottle to your back may be helpful. The warmth soothes and relaxes aching muscles and increases blood flow, which helps the healing process. Keep in mind that heat therapy is only helpful for the first week.
…and then performed some low-impact stretches, better said, yoga asanas…
Exercises are good for people who have low back pain. They can help restore muscles and protect you from future pain. Stretching can also loosen up tense muscles and strengthen those that need some help. Anytime you begin stretching, you should approach each step gently. Stop any stretching exercise that causes pain as forcing a stretch damage or cause strains.
Personally, I use the following yoga program, but you can choose the one that suits you best:
…after that, I took a 20-minute Epsom Salt Bath, and then applied the following Homemade Salve which is also perfect in using it for joint pain, arthritis, shoulder pain, and other bone affections.
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tbs mustard
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs baking soda
- Warm up the mustard
- Mix all ingredients together until they blend into a smooth texture
- The baking soda might bubble at first when in contact with mustard but keep stirring and it will get back to normal
- I normally stir for about 5 minutes
- The resulting cream should be enough for 3 days
How to use the cream
- Before applying, slightly warm the cream and apply directly on the sore area
- Place some plastic wrap over the area
- Cover with a towel and leave for at least 3 hours
- The best would be to apply before bed
In the morning, remove the towel and plastic wrap and wash the affected area with soap and warm water. Repeat the treatment for 2-3 days in a row for best result.