What Is Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people around the world. It causes many problems such as:
Loss of work or school due to the inability to move properly;
Difficulty walking or standing up straight; and/or,
Poor posture which results in poor sleep quality.
The cause of low back pain is not known but it may be caused by several factors. Some of these are:
Anterior pelvic tilt (pain at the front of the pelvis)
Low back spasms (muscle tension in the lower back)
Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of spinal nerves and blood vessels in the spine)
Infections like diabetes insipidus, osteomyelitis, or other infections in the spine.
How To Relieve Lower Back Pain?
The usual approach in relieving lower back pain is through medication. Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, are usually given to patients suffering from back pain. Your physician may also suggest certain exercises to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen. The aim of these exercises is to strengthen the muscles that support your lower back. These exercises also help alleviate muscle tension and stress.
An alternative way to relieve lower back pain is through the use of essential oils. These oils help by energizing the mind and relieving muscle tension.
It is these properties that make them ideal for treating lower back pain. In this article, we provide some easy do-it-yourself methods that can be used at home. We also provide a link to an instructional video for those who are interested in something more visual.
How Do Essential Oils Help With Back Pain?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that can provide therapeutic benefits for the body and mind. They have been used for centuries in traditional medicine and alternative therapies. In addition to relieving pain, essential oils can improve your mood through their pleasing scents. Here are some of the main ways that these oils can help with back pain.
Muscle relaxation: Back pains are often caused by muscle tension that is brought on by stress. The pleasant scents of these oils can help by calming your mind and relieving tension in the muscles.
Improved blood circulation: Improved blood flow to the muscles of the back can improve strength and flexibility. This is especially important for the lower back where poor blood flow can lead to reduced muscle function.
Pain relief: Certain oils such as Wintergreen, Peppermint, or Camphor can be used to provide pain relief directly on the painful area.
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