Is Nutrition Viable For A Lower Back Pain Treatment At Home

A Lower Back Pain Treatment At Home For Osteoarthritis

nutrition as a lower back pain treatment at home

Unfortunately there is no clinical proof that any foods or vitamins used as a lower back pain treatment at home can prevent, relieve or cause osteoarthritis. It is true, though, that taking vitamins A, B, C and D and calcium seems to make some osteoarthritis sufferers feel better.

Having said that, there are a lot of cases where people have found that adding calcium to their diet ‘cured’ osteoarthritis-like symptoms. Possibly, what seemed like arthritis to these individuals was really a calcium deficiency, which is fairly common in older people. Still, if you have osteoarthritis, it might make sense to try a multivitamin and calcium supplement. Beware of taking megadoses, though. It is known that large doses of many vitamins and minerals can have serious toxic effects.

Also, in rare instances, nightshade plants like tomatoes, potatoes and peppers can cause an allergic reaction that makes muscles feel sore and inflamed. Again, consult an allergist or a practitioner trained in nutrition if you think this possibility is worth exploring.

Other supplements that have helped as a lower back pain treatment at home included magnesium, alfalfa and kelp tablets.

In the UK, the most popular supplements used to treat osteoarthritis are glucosamine sulphate, cod liver oil, chondroitin, Omega 3 fish oil and evening primrose oil. The research that has been carried out on these supplements indicates that they may all offer osteoarthritis (and other types of back pain) sufferers some benefits in terms of increased mobility and reduced pain.

For low back pain treatment

There is no such thing as an ‘Eat Your Way to a Better Back’ diet. But there are consistent indications that a bad diet can make back pain worse

  • Eating poorly – consuming a lot of sugar and junk foods and not receiving proper nutrition – can make you feel tired and out of sorts. And this can only make your back and the rest of you feel worse.
  • Not drinking enough liquids and not eating enough fiber can make you constipated. Constipation can aggravate any existing back pain.
  • Being overweight can be hard on your back, especially if you end up with a protruding gut. A lean body hardly precludes back pain, but keeping your weight down is an effective lower and upper back pain treatment at home, as quite a few overweight back sufferers did feel better after shedding surplus kilos.
  • Alcohol and caffeine can lead to and aggravate ulcers, gastritis, colitis and other gastro-intestinal problems – all of which can cause back pain.

Chiropractors can offer a lot of advice about nutrition, and it is not uncommon for
them to ‘prescribe’ vitamins and minerals to their patients. Some will also suggest yoga as an effective back pain treatment.