Alternatives for Pain Relief
Anyone who has suffered chronic pain knows that it is a battle that is best
fought on many fronts. For those who suffer ongoing serious back pain, this is no less true. For many people who
have fought the battle and won, they look back on it as having been an opportunity to learn more about how to work
with their own bodies and mind to stay on top of the pain and on the road to recovery.
First, it is important to understand that most lower back pain has the same root
cause. Imbalances in the muscles – whether in terms of strength or flexibility – underlies most cause of lower back
pain. These imbalances cause structural issues, which in turn, produce the pain. The Muscle Balance Therapy system
attacks the problem at this root cause, and provides a treatment plan to restore your muscles to
But there are other things you can do to encourage your success in the fight
against low back pain.
Let’s look at the easiest first. Nutrition might seem to be completely unrelated
to your back pain, but in fact, poor nutrition can frustrate your attempts to heal. The body needs a certain amount
of nutrients to produce strong muscles and connective tissue, healthy organs and a sound mind. Without going into
an exhaustive list of commonsense nutritional guidelines, just know that eating a balanced diet will help to
produce a balanced body and a balanced mind.
Also bear in mind that if you are in pain, you body might be sending you the
wrong signals with respect to food. The brain will sometimes react to pain by sending messages that encourage you
to eat carb-rich foods. Fighting this impulse is important, as all the sugars associated with carbs, as well as the
other health effects of eating too many carbs, will tend to work against your objective of reduced pain and good
The second is also easy: sleep. The amount and quality of sleep you get
determines your overall well being, effects how food is metabolized, as well as your mood (which will affect your
motivation). Sleeping on a comfortable mattress that provides adequate support is vitally
Third is a broad category that includes yoga, meditation, acupuncture and hypnotherapy. Some people are uncomfortable with these techniques, and think that they might be
scams, or worse. But many scientific studies attest to their effectiveness in helping to establish balance in the
mind, reduce pain, encourage good sleep and work hand in hand with good nutritional habits. Each of these methods
is different, and works in different ways for different reasons.
Yoga is good for keeping the body strong and flexible. Meditation can help by
helping you to control the pain signals going to your brain, as well as how you react to the pain emotionally.
Acupuncture is somewhat similar, but works by stimulating various precisely defined areas of your body to produce
the effect. Hypnotherapy can also help you maintain a healthy stable mood as you work through the steps of
restoring your body to its needed level of balance.