Chronic Back Pain Relief

This is the second part of a 2 page article. For page one, see: Chronic Back Pain Treatment

7 day back pain cureIf you have inflammation, the first step to chronic back pain relief is to reduce or eliminate this. A variety of over the counter medications (such as ibuprofen) can help reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, ibuprofen is tough on the digestive tract; for that reason I prefer natural enzymes such as bromelain. Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory found in pineapple and is available as a supplement.

Fish oil is also a good anti-inflammatory and most people are recommended to take several grams per day. I do not consider cortisone shots to be a worthwhile anti-inflammatory for chronic back pain relief since they cause degeneration of the surrounding tissues.

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After inflammation is reduced, pain needs to be relieved with a distraction, even if it only lasts a short while (needs to last about 15 minutes). Any distracting sensory stimulus can be harnessed to block pain, such as a heating pad or soothing rub (menthol will do just fine). Prescription painkillers are not appropriate because they can diminish focus. It is vitally important to be focused when performing step two of the 3 part chronic back pain treatment process.

Finally, the next step is to pick a "safe position". A safe position for most people involves lying down on a bed with a pillow under the knees. Most people experience a significant pain reduction when lying down when compared to standing or sitting. If you take some bromelain or ibuprofen for a few days and then use a skin rub on the painful area or a heating pad and lie down on your back, odds are you will not be in pain. If you are still in pain it will be significantly reduced. At this point, you can move onto step two: reclaiming the brain.

Reclaim Your Brain

As I mentioned earlier in this article, chronic pain causes changes in the brain that lead to the perpetuation of chronic pain. Some innovative researchers and experimenters have discovered that one of the brain areas greatly affected by chronic pain is the motor cortex (the part of the brain responsible for voluntary movement).

To reclaim this brain area, we will use a mental focus exercise. We want to retrain the brain to be comfortable with initiating movement in the painful area (which we will not move at this stage). Simply imagining performing the movement is enough to stimulate the motor cortex and improve its functioning.

What I would recommend is to start off with 5 minutes of simply focusing on the painful area. Try to monitor all the feedback that is coming from the joint (it will not be much, especially if you used a rub, but still focus). Think about what each vertebrae feels like, imagine how they are shaped, imagine how your discs fit in. Once you have done this and "warmed" your brain up, imagine moving your spine a bit (but don't actually move it). Think about bending forwards or leaning backwards. If you could put something on the TV such as a show where people are playing sports or doing manual labor (like gardening), and then imagine yourself performing those tasks, you will be able to get a lot of brain stimulation without actually having to move the painful area.

It's important that we perform the following drill(s) in the conditions laid out in step one. We want to be pain-free or as close to it as possible when doing the imagery drills, because we want the brain to associate movement with no pain signals being sent to the brain. This will help re-wire healthy brain connections that do not correlate pain with movement.

Try to do this every day (if possible) for 15 minutes. In conjunction to step number two, perform step number 3: fixing the problem.

Fixing the Problem

Fixing the initial problem is step number 3. This might seem kind of odd, but simply fixing the problem alone, without first getting to a pain-free state and retraining the brain, is almost guaranteed to not bring relief from true chronic pain states. There are a lot of different problems though that can get in the way of chronic pain relief.

I strongly recommend the 7 Day Back Pain Cure as the author lays out many different types of lower back injuries, such as herniated discs, sciatica, and many others and gives a detailed treatment plan for each condition. By performing the recommendations in the book for your specific condition in conjunction with steps 1 and 2, chronic back pain relief is more attainable than ever before.

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