Top Tips for Back Pain
1) Soothe the initial back pain
Tiger Balm Red – an effective muscle rub to soothe aches and pains works well for providing relief to an injury. Applying a muscle rub to the injury as soon as it occurs, speeds the recovery process and quickly reduces pain.
Tiger Balm Red is a licensed product, meaning it has proven indications it works to reduce muscle aches and pains. Tiger Balm Red is a great muscle rub for aches and pain relief – with 18% of us suffering from aches and pains every day the relieving properties of Tiger Balm’s natural active ingredients Camphor, Menthol, Cajuput Oil and Clove Oil, coupled with the calming aroma of Cinnamon Oil means you no longer need to suffer in silence when it comes to muscular aches and pains.
Tiger Balm Red is priced £4.90 for a 19g jar and is available from Boots, Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, Superdrug, independent pharmacies and health food stores nationwide. For further information call 0844 243 6661.
2) Speed the recovery process of the back injury
Homedics iheal - Whilst injuries can sometimes be inevitable, there are ways to speed up the natural recovery of the body. There are some great devices out there which harness the powers of PEMF technology to boost circulation to the area of concern and studies show they can speed up the body’s healing process by up to 30%.
HoMedics iheal is a clinically proven medical device that actively reduces the healing time of soft tissue injuries and speeds up recovery. At 38mm high it’s also the world’s smallest, most effective and versatile PEMF (pulsed electro-magnetic field) therapy unit, speeding up the body’s natural healing process of most musculoskeletal and soft tissue disorders by up to 30%. You can hardly feel it working, as it gives off electrical impulses and encourages the body’s natural healing process by encouraging blood flow to the area. It’s ideal to speed the recovery of sporting injuries.
HoMedics iheal is £49.99 available from selected larger Boots stores and independent pharmacies nationwide now. For further information, visit www.homedics.co.uk.
3) Relieve back pain with Nature’s Best anti-inflammatory
Nature’s Best Devil’s Claw - Native to South Africa, Devil’s Claw gets its name from the herb’s unusual fruits, which are covered with numerous small claw-like appendages. It has large tuberous roots which are the part used medicinally for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints.
One double-blind trial found that Devil’s Claw was helpful in reducing acute low back pain. Another clinical trial found Devil’s Claw can be used to help reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis as effectively as the slow-acting analgesic/cartilage-protective drug diacerhein.
This supplement costs £13.95 for 60 tablets and is available from www.naturesbest.co.uk or call 01892 552 094.
4) Take vitamin D for back injury repair
Holland & Barrett’s Vitamin D – deficiencies in Vitamin D have been linked to weak bones and muscles, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. Receiving extra sources of vitamin D while healing a muscle strain or pull can help the muscle to repair effectively.
Holland & Barrett’s Vitamin D (£7.99 for 100 tablets, www.holland&barrett.com and in stores nationwide) has been shown to support the immune system and maintenance of normal muscle function. Each tablet contains 25ug (1000iu) of vitamin D. Available from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide and www.hollandandbarrett.com
5) Maintain mobility with Nature’s Best Glucosamine Gold
Nature’s Best Glucosamine Gold prevents a stiff back. According to one study glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate both play a role in healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture molecules found in tendons, ligaments, and joints. Further studies have found that its efficacy lies in its ability to manage pain even when the joints are under strain from daily activities, proving superior in clinical trials against ibuprofen.
Nature’s Best Glucosamine Gold (£12.20 for 120 tablets, www.naturesbest.co.uk or call 01892 552 094) is a unique formula with high strength glucosamine, a level of chrondroitin matched in research (which has been shown to attract fluid into the cartilage around the joints aiding regeneration) and an impressive level of quercetin a plant-derived bioflavanoid with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and MSM. It also contains ginger and rosehips, two nutrients often recommended for joints and both at relevant levels.