Green tea has a powerful antioxidant called epigallocatechin (EGGCG) this ingredient stops the body from producing painful inflammation and instead helps in healing damaged muscle and joint tissue. I have found by replacing one cup of green tea for one cup of the water I would use to make my oatmeal, soup, and smoothies I get the same relief I would from popping a pain pill.
Steamy baths: https://www.stanford.edu/research
A hot bath once or twice a week relieves up to 25 percent more pain than a daily dose of ibuprofen. The Stanford University Research Center says it is because the heat helps blood flow to the tight and injured muscles. By adding about a cup of Epsom salt to the bath water you increase the benefit of the hot bath soak.
Yoga is a form of stretches and there are classes for the beginners and the more experienced who are looking for someone to work out with. Yoga is really more beneficial to the muscles of our body than prescription medications. It is proven that this ancient form of exercise and relaxation for about ten minute a day can relieve even chronic back pain by 50 percent. Yoga strengthens the damaged back muscle and makes us more flexible. There are easy to follow yoga classes online:
- · https://www.MyFreeYoga.com
- · https://www.DoYogaWithMe.com
There are also DVDs such as:
- · Back Care Yoga for Beginners
- · Yoga for the Rest of Us: Back Care Basics
There was 22 huge studies done on chronic back pain and the use of vitamin D. What this study showed is that 90 percent of the people with chronic back pain had low amounts of vitamin D in their bodies. It also showed that by adding 2,000IU of vitamin D to their diet that chronic back pain was relieved in a matter of weeks. This study also found that those few who still had some chronic back pain were relieved of their back pain when adding 2,000mg to 4,000 mg of the herb devil’s claw to their diet. I have tried this herb and found it helpful.
Remember, always check with your doctor because you may be taking a prescribed medication that could cause a reaction for example; people who are taking blood thinners might not be able to soak in a hot tub of water that is too hot.