Natural ways to ease chronic back pain

More than 35 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain.

We recently received this question from a viewer looking for some relief:

Dear Dr. Manny,
I have chronic back pain, but I don't want to live on painkillers. What can I do instead?

Pain felt in the back can originate from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine – so it’s important to see a doctor to find out what’s causing it.

But if your back pain is the result of tight, achy muscles or strain, there are some natural ways to find relief including:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Swimming
  • Weight loss
  • Ice and heat
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
  • Yoga and relaxation techniques
  • Chamomile tea

Eating certain foods like cherries and ginger root can also help bring down inflammation in the body, but always talk to your doctor before starting any natural therapy regimen.

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