If you have a job that requires a lot of heavy lifting, chances are you frequently suffer from axial back pain. Unlike other types of back pain, axial back pain is confined to only the lower area of the back. It is commonly characterized as dull to sharp pain that is either intermittent or constant.
While cooling ointments and prescription pain killers can help ease the pain, they also contain many harmful chemicals that can cause horrible side effects and that can be hazardous to your health. Instead of risking your overall health with creams and painkillers, try these two chemical free ways to treat axial back pain alongside your visits to your chiropractor:
DIY Cayenne Cream
Cayenne is the spice that is in hot peppers. Cayenne produces a heat like component called capsaicin. The capsaicin in the cayenne is known to decrease the pain signals in the body.
When cayenne cream is applied to the affected area of the back, the neurotransmitter that sends pain signals to the brain is depleted. When the neurotransmitter is depleted, your brain no longer receives the signal that your back is hurting. In turn, you are pain free!
In order to make your own homemade cayenne cream, you will need to mix together a couple tablespoons of cayenne powder with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. You then will want to heat the mixture on your stove. Allow the mixture to become warm to the touch.
Once the mixture has warmed, simply bottle it up in a mason jar and allow it to chill in your fridge for a few minutes. You can then remove the mason jar and whisk together the ingredients. To apply cayenne cream, simply scoop out the mixture with your hand and gently massage it on your lower back.
Using the massaging technique will get your circulation pumping and will allow your blood supply to make its way to the affected area. When you are ready to remove the cayenne cream, simply use a soapy washcloth and wipe away the residue.
You can use this remedy up to four times per day. However, it is always best to store the left over cayenne cream in a covered jar inside your refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for your next usage. Each batch of cayenne cream should stay fresh for about a week or so while refrigerated.
Sphinx Yoga Pose
When suffering from axial back pain, regularly practicing the sphinx yoga pose can help reduce the tension in the lower back that is causing the pain. The sphinx yoga move promotes strengthening of the back muscles. When these muscles are strengthened and conditioned, the back pain you're experiencing tends to be reduced.
In order to perform the sphinx yoga pose, you will need to place a yoga mat on the floor and gently lie down on your stomach. You then will want to use both of your forearms and gradually prop yourself up. Make sure your elbows are aligned directly under your shoulders.
From there, direct your energy to both of your palms and begin to slowly push your pelvic bone forward. Your chest should now be off the yoga mat. Hold this position for a minute or so while you practice deep breathing.
Once you release from the sphinx position, allow your arms and chest to rest. Repeat this yoga move as often as you would like. This technique will provide blood flow to your lower back. This will release the tension and pain you are experiencing.
The two alternatives above are easy and inexpensive ways to treat axial back pain without using potentially harmful medications. They also are convenient remedies and can be done in the comfort of your own home.