What is Lower Back Pain?
There are many reasons a person experiences lower back pain, and as 8 out of every 10 adults experience it in their lives, these reasons are apparent and significant. Lower back pain is typically the result of strain or injury to the skeletal structure, and conditions related to this development include osteopenia, osteoporosis, and a displaced or herniated intervertebral disk. These conditions turn into pain and stiffness, an inability to stand or sit for long periods of time, weakness, and fatigue. This pain and discomfort, which may become debilitating in extreme cases, is worsened by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
How can I treat Lower Back Pain?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers the lower back and its bones to be part of the kidney network. Treatment for lower back pain centers on preserving and replenishing kidney energy, and this can be done through a proper diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and organic proteins. It is important to eat foods rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients that are good for the bones, such as broccoli, other dark green vegetables, grapes, pineapples, saltwater fish, mussels, soybeans, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, and cloves. Other remedies include taking hot Epsom salt baths for 20 minutes a day and drinking daily three to six glasses of anti-inflammatory juice—made with equal parts unsweetened black cherry juice and dark grape juice. It is also beneficial to combine moderate weight-bearing exercises with daily walks and tai chi or qi gong.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Lower Back Pain?
It is important to avoid carbonated soft drinks, yeast, processed and other sugars, and excessive amounts of salt, coffee, alcohol, smoking, and high doses of vitamin A.
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