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When you have chronic back pain, you may know the agony of the increase in your discomfort when your muscles start to spasm and cause flare-ups. If you are wondering if there is anything you can do in addition to your doctor or chiropractor's prescribed treatment, use the following two-step home remedy for treating your symptoms using herbal oils.
About The Ingredients
The main ingredients used in this home treatment consist of herbal oils that help relieve inflammation, muscle tightness and pain. The remedy also uses Epsom salt that helps ease the tension in your back. All of the ingredients can be found in pharmacies, department stores and natural health stores.
Peppermint oil serves as an anti-inflammatory. This herbal oil contains a high amount of menthol that has a cooling effect on heated muscles. The oil also helps desensitize the nerve endings to relieve the pain.
The lavender oil used in the treatment relieves muscle spasms and decreases joint pain around your vertebrae. It also increases blood flow to the area to bring your body's natural hormones and endorphins to the injured muscles, aiding the body in healing itself. The scent also helps calm your nerves, helping to relax the muscles.
For the treatment, you will also need a bath towel large enough to cover the affected area of your back. You will also need a tub or container large enough to soak the towel in.
Step 1: Soak In An Aromatic Epsom Salt Bath
The first step in the home remedy is to soak in a warm, relaxing aromatic bath using Epsom salt and the herbal oils. To begin, fill your tub with enough water to submerge the area where your back pain is located. When adjusting the temperature, make sure it is not so hot to burn you but hot enough to stay warm for about 10 to 15 minutes.
While the tub is filling, add two cups of Epsom salt, and let it dissolve for five minutes after you turn off the water. Then, add 10 drops each of the lavender and peppermint oils, mixing it thoroughly with your hands.
Get in the tub, and soak for about 10 minutes. While you are soaking, breathe in and out steadily through your nose so that the aroma from the lavender oil can work to calm your nerves and relax you.
Once the time is up, get out of the tub, and dry yourself off with a towel, patting your back's skin instead of rubbing. Wait for about five minutes to let the oily residue soak into your skin, then go on to the second step.
Step 2: Apply A Warm Herbal Compress
In this next step, you will be applying a warm compress to your back. To make the compress, fill your container with warm water, and add 5 drops each of the herbal oils. Then, fold the towel into quarters, and place it in the liquid. Once the towel has soaked up the water, remove it, and wring out the towel until it is no longer dripping.
Sit up or lay down on your stomach, and place the towel over the painful area of your back. Leave the compress on for 10 minutes. If it starts to cool, remove it, and refold it so the interior part is on the outside. It should still be warm because the heat was trapped by the layers. Once you are finished, remove the towel, and allow your skin to air dry before putting on your clothes.
Using the above treatment once every day or two should help relieve the pain and tightness in your back during flare-ups. However, if you notice you are starting to have an increase in your pain, you may want to speak to your doctor or consult with a chiropractor at a clinic like Hidden Valley Chiropractic to discuss your treatment options.