How to Manage Back Discomfort Naturally
Some of you may already know this, but I used to suffer from long-term back discomfort issues. It started when Oliver was 4 months old and I needed emergency back surgery for a herniated disk. It was the most excruciating discomfort I've ever experienced! Since then I've learned some tricks about how to reduce and prevent back discomfort. Here are my tips:
1. Support your back by strengthening your stomach.
Bending is NOT one of the exercises I'd recommend. I worked on gentle core exercises at first, then built myself up to being able to do actual sit-ups with my trainer, Jennifer. I found some other great exercises here, that are the same as the ones I did in physical therapy. Try them out, do them regularly and you'll have so much less discomfort!
2. Support for Immediate discomfort (within the first 48 hours)
When you feel that first tweak or pop in your back, you need to respond immediately to reduce tissue swelling. I like to use cooling oils. You want to support a healthy inflammatory response. This can be applying an ice pack to the injury or... ...you can mix these oils with some aloe vera gel or fractionated coconut oil and apply directly to where it hurts:
Wintergreen (main oil in Deep Blue)-- One of the best essential oils for that provides a soothing and warming sensation and a powerful discomfort reliever. Remember this is a HOT oil so ALWAYS dilute this before putting it on your skin.*
Helichrysm- Helichrysum is cooling and provides relief and it's one of the best first aid oils.*
Lavender- Lavender helps soothe aches and promotes relaxation thanks to its antispasmodic activity.*
Peppermint - Soothing and cooling, it's excellent for immediate application after an injury.*
Marjoram - Long known to support occasional aches and discomfort and support joint comfort and function, marjoram has traditionally been used for targeting tired, stressed muscles. *
Yarrow/Pom - Yarrow is soothing and comforting for muscles. Combined with cold-pressed Pomegranate seed oil it supports healthy joint function. *
These oils are great to use as the first stage. But for longer term healing you need to go to step 3...
3. Treatment for ongoing discomfort
Once the initial issue is under control, the goal is to promote healing of the tissue. For this, I usually blend warming oils that enhance circulation and blood flow to the area. That brings oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue. You can use a carrier oil or salve as a base and blend in any of the following essential oils:
Copaiba - this is considered to be one of the most soothing substances on earth. It's also great for relieving discomfort and mood balancing.*
Turmeric - As a potent oil for joint and muscle support, turmeric oil helps to support a healthy inflammatory response and also the antioxidant protection.*
Ginger- Warming, and stimulating – this is a great oil to move cold or stuck energy. It is also a healthy joint function and antioxidant protection.*
Juniper Berry - A wonderfully warming, energy-moving oil, Juniper natural cleansing and detoxifying agent after tissue injury.*
Combine these with calendula and arnica-infused oil and you've got a recipe for potent soothing relief!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.