Do your back, neck, shoulders, and scalp stay sore? I feel your pain! Whether your pain is a result of stress and tension, spending hours a day at a desk looking at a computer screen, medical condition, or for any other reason, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to get rid of back pain naturally so you can get back to enjoying the activities you love and miss.
Learning How To Get Rid of Back Pain Naturally For Me Became a Personal Quest
Almost my entire life, I have dealt with chronic pain. Back, neck and shoulder pain have played a starring role more times than I care to admit. Writing this post is close to my heart, because I understand fully the overwhelming misery living with pain can bring.
Not all physicians or medical professionals are understanding with patients who suffer daily with chronic, yet invisible, often debilitating pain. It can become a very lonely and upsetting journey trying to find help and empathy.
I’ve lived through it. I’ve been accused of being a drug addict when I simply wanted a pain-free life. One where I could function like everyone else I saw around me.
Needless to say, it became apparent that I’d need alternative ways to manage pain. That’s the inspiration behind this post and my journey of learning how to get rid of back pain, and pain in general.
Whenever possible, I believe in treating pain or health conditions naturally. I know that isn’t always the best solution, but there are some chemical free pain remedies that truly do improve our quality of life.
How To Get Rid of Back Pain Naturally Mini-Series
After realizing how much information I have to share about this topic, I’ve decided to turn it into a mini-series. Each ‘series’ will have a theme to help make it easier to follow along.
I know how overwhelming extremely long posts can be. My hope is breaking it up will help you find the perfect solution(s) for you!
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Here are my personal favorite go-to solutions for how to get rid of back pain naturally and ease the overall effects of stress. Heaven knows we need that right now!
Microwaveable Bead Wraps
This ingenious invention works much like weighted blankets do for easing anxiety and depression. They are comforting and calming, while the heat relaxes away pain.
Even as I sit here at my desk typing this right now, I am wearing my heated bead wrap around my neck and draping down by upper back. It’s a bit of pampering while getting some work done. Who doesn’t love that?
I’ve had my heated bead wrap for at least 10 years now. It still works perfectly as if it were brand new and that’s what I love about these.
- Flexible for use on many different painful areas of the body
- Heat up in the microwave so there’s no need for electric cords!
- Many options are stuffed with healing herbs or essential oils for powerful aromatherapy
- Beads add a slight weight that is very comforting
- Some are freezable for hot/cold therapy. Cold therapy is best for reducing inflammation, while heat therapy relaxes away tension.
- The heat may not last as long as I’d like or need sometimes.
- Be careful to read instructions for heating times. They vary and these can/will burn if heated for too long in the microwave
Magnesium Oil Spray
I’m a self-proclaimed natural living nut, even though I didn’t realize it for years! Many years ago, during one of my quests for natural pain relief, I came across some information on Magnesium deficiency.
One of the hallmark symptoms of low magnesium are painful, sore muscles and a feeling of tension throughout your body. Magnesium is required for many of the most critical biological functions. #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #naturallivingTweet
Many people poorly absorb Magnesium into their cells and I was one of them! If you suffer from chronic pain, depressive episodes, are prone to anxiety and sleeplessness or have ‘gut troubles,’ you might be in the same boat!
Transdermal magnesium oil is already in a form your body can use. What this means for us is an effective way to deliver this critical mineral, easing pain and other troublesome symptoms.
Here’s How I Use Magnesium Oil Spray
Spray Sore Areas with 1-2 pumps
1 or 2 sprays are all you need.
Some of my most stubborn, burning pain has been dramatically lessened or gone, even the first day after using this method.
Best time of day to spray on? Before bedtime. Since it also eases anxiety, you can use before taking part in any activity that causes distress.
Let Oil Soak Into Skin for 10-20 minutes
Before doing any activity where the Magnesium oil may wash or rub off, allow some time for the oil to penetrate through the skin for maximum effectiveness.
10 to 20 minutes seems to be a good window of time for this magnesium oil to work its magic.
If You Experience Stinging or Itching…
This is a very normal reaction when you are deficient in Magnesium.
For me during the first 30 days of use, I experienced this reaction. If the reaction is too intense, wait it out as long as you can and then rinse off. Repeat the following day until you no longer have this signal of Magnesium deficiency.
I also take, as a supplement to the oil, 3 tablets each evening of this Doctor’s Best Elemental Magnesium. It’s the best I’ve found and it does not upset your stomach! I started off with 1 and worked up to 3.
TENS Unit Therapy
If you’re unfamiliar with TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for pain relief, I’m so glad you’re here!
It used to be that TENS therapy was only available in a doctor’s office or other medical setting. Each visit would typically last 30 minutes to 1 hour and the cost was not cheap. It put a hurtin’ on my wallet!
Now, you can receive the incredible benefits of pain relief right in the comfort of wherever you are. No expensive doctor visits!
These TENS units are incredibly simple to use, affordable and can be as effective, if not more so, than pain pills for many people.
How do they work? In short, reusable sticky pads get placed around the area causing you the most discomfort. Painless pulses stimulate the nerve fibers to block pain signals to/from your brain.
It’s hard to describe the sensation but when used on the proper settings, this therapy feels like a really deep massage. You feel the muscle contract and relax.
One of the most impressive ‘side effects’ of TENS therapy is how it activates our feel good hormones, also known as endorphins.
This powerful reaction immediately reduces or eliminates pain and offers us the real relief we’ve been longing for, all without the use of any chemicals.
Here are our current top picks available on Amazon:
Where TENS therapy is concerned, it really doesn’t matter what the cause of your pain is. There’s a good chance one of these units with regular usage will help improve your quality of life too.
Hemp Oil Pain Relief Gel
Hemp oil is a highly potent anti-inflammatory, naturally rich in omega 3’s.
Inflammation is the root cause of most our health conditions, aches or pains. Environmental factors, our diets and our stress levels are all contributing causes of these elevated inflammatory markers.
Pain relief gels and creams are a dime a dozen. Finding one that actually works? Rare! Finding one without chemicals and additives you can’t pronounce that works? Especially rare!
Hemp oil’s anti-inflammatory properties combined with the cooling/pain numbing benefit of menthol make for an effective way to get rid of back pain naturally.
Words cannot express to you my friend how much of a lifesaver this shiatsu massager has been on some of my most high-stress, painful days.
HELPFUL TIP: If you suffer from a pain condition that makes deep tissue massage especially painful – place a thin blanket or towel between you and this massager. This prevents the kneading knobs from being too intense. Some days I can use mine without the barrier and others I cannot.
At least 2x per week, you will find me, reading material in hand, or soaking worship music playing, while a glowing red alien-ish looking device soothes my aches and pains away. I sure have kept our cat, “Dizzy,” entertained! 🤣
Another great feature about this particular massager? It comes with a car adapter plug. If you are planning a long road trip or have a long commute to work, de-stress on your way there!
The biggest con to this choice? It is not cordless. At times, I have had to fumble around with the power cord to prevent it from unplugging. Nothing worse than being deeply hypnotized by a great massage, only to have it abruptly end!
My personal favorite Shiatsu massagers I own and love:
Side Sleeper Back Pain Relief
Are you a side or back sleeper who constantly suffers from back, hip or knee pain? I’ve got just the thing for you! #backpain #naturalliving #chronicpainTweet
I discovered years ago that placing a wedge or body pillow in between my knees took the pressure off of my hips and back.
Here are some conditions a knee wedge could help:
- Sciatica pain
- Pregnancy related pain and pressure
- Lower back pain and pressure
- Surgery recovery
- Realigning spine to proper position
What’s even better is if you wedge a fluffy pillow behind your back for more support. It feels much like a really nice hug all over your body! 🙂
Sleep wedges are great for many things, including: ending snoring, help with acid reflux, back or neck pain and arthritis just to name a few.
We use both types of wedges here in our home and they have made a significant difference in sleep quality and pain relief.
Natural Back Pain Relief Is A Great Relief!
I really do know what it is to suffer day in and day out with life-altering pain. I am sorry that you are here reading this because you too are experiencing pain.
As this series continues, I will be discussing other parts of the back pain puzzle: diet and lifestyle changes that help, supplements we’ve had great success with, mental health impact of pain and much more!
I hope you will stay tuned in with us and come back for more!
We are unique individuals. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Seeking advice from your own medical professional is a necessary step to discover why you hurt.
See also: Medical Disclaimer
There are nearly endless reasons why you may be suffering with back pain. Sometimes it’s just plain old stress and sometimes it’s more. These healing helpers, along with much faith in the Lord, are what have helped me.
Have you tried any of these natural remedies yet? What works for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
Is this series helpful to you? If it isn’t, I won’t continue it. 😉
As always, thank you for sharing this post with your social media family. Pain is no fun!
Until we meet again…
All My Healing Love & Prayers To You and Yours,
As I learn of new products (or realize I forgot one!) that really do help ease back, neck, shoulder and scalp pain, I’ll be updating this post to reflect those discoveries!