How to Relieve Back Pain and Muscle Tension Naturally
We’ve all had back pain at one time or another, due to sitting long time on the computer, poor posture, working hard in the garden or starting a new excessive program. Backache is one of the most common physical complaints, and many people suffer from it chronically. So what can you do to relieve back pain and muscle tension?
If you suffer from muscle tension, stiffness soreness, then the first step is a hot bath with 2-3 cups of Epsom salts added to the water. It can relieve back pain and swelling of muscle tension. Follow this with the application below, and you might feel a dramatic relief. If your pain worsens, see your physician or chiropractor. Read here more about the great uses for Epsom salt.
Apply heat or ice
According to webmd website there is some evidence that heat can help decrease low back pain. Although there is little proof that cold will help, some people do find that heat or cold help them: apply heat, such as hot packs, baths and showers for 15-20 minutes at a time. Ice and cold packs can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation from injuries and other conditions such as arthritis. You may also want to try switching between heat and cold. Use heat for 15-20 minutes, then a few hours later use ice for 10 to 15 minutes.
There are certain essential oils that are particularly good to treat back pain naturally. These essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties and they help to relieve tension and muscle spasms.
Chamomile, lavender, clary sage and frankincense essential oils are soothing and help to control muscle spasms and have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Rosemary and peppermint essential oils have also antispasmodic properties and improve blood circulation and thus helps in relieving back pain. Other good essential oils are ginger essential oil that can ease back pain and improve mobility and yarrow that has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.
For massaging your back you can use any of these oils on their own, or you can blend two or more essential oils together. The essential oils need to be blended first with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil. Use about 10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil. Have another person massage this oil blend into your back, or any other body part where your muscles are sore. Using this blend on skin that is warm from a bath or shower will encourage penetration. Use 1-2 times a day.
You can also take an aromatherapy bath as an effective method to soothe aching muscles by adding 10 drops of the above essential oils directly to warm bath water and soak for 15-20 minutes.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: