What are some natural pain relievers?

When you suffer from back pain, sometimes you feel like you'll try anything for relief. However, relying on painkillers isn't ideal. Studies show that they're relatively ineffective and can lead to serious dependencies. Luckily, we live in a world full of natural ways to relieve pain. Here are just a few:

1. Heat and ice
As far as simple remedies go, you can't get much more basic than applying heat or ice. Be cautious, though. While ice is good immediately following an injury, heat is better for relieving chronic or ongoing pain.

2. Essential oils
Essential oils have numerous benefits, but most importantly, they've been known to help reduce pain and discomfort. You can ingest, inhale or soak in them – whatever you prefer.

3. Relaxation
You may not even realize it, but stress doesn't only exacerbate your pain – it could be the cause as well. Taking some time to rest and relax could be just what your body needs to feel better, so don't overlook it! Try taking a warm bath to get away from stressors and soak in the soothing water. 

4. Good food
Your diet could also be contributing to how much pain you're in. Eating more fruits, vegetables and other foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help you feel better over time and lessen the severity of your pain.

5. Exercise
In some instances, a fitness routine can help strengthen your body and get you through your pain. Figure out what kind of exercise would work best for you.

Keep in mind, though, these solutions don't work for everyone, and you should exercise caution and consult with a professional on what's best for you. If you're experiencing back pain, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.