Dealing with back pain is never fun. Whether it’s in your hips, lower or upper back, joints, or elsewhere, your first option to alleviate pain does not need to be medication or surgery. There are several options for pain relief. Our doctors prefer all-natural methods, including all-natural medicine and treatments. One option is to start with some simple stretches that can help ease lower back and hip pain:
Lower Back Pain Stretches
Reaching up: A great way to start the morning is with a simple opening stretch. For this stretch, keep your legs together and reach your arms up to the ceiling, as high as you can. If you can reach for something like the top of a door frame it may help as well. This should open up and bring some relief to your back, and help you feel more awake and energized.
Leaning side to side: This is a good stretch for lower back pain. Simply spread your legs to a comfortable standing distance and slowly lean to one side and then to the other until you feel a nice stretch. Repeat as many times as needed on each side.
Helicopter: While your legs are together, rotate the top half of your body like a helicopter, going back and forth, keeping your feet firmly planted.
Touch your toes: Simply stand with your legs together and bend down to touch your toes. If you are unable to touch your toes, just reach as far as you can. Bend a little in the knees so that they do not lock up.
Hip Pain Stretches
Swimming: While this is viewed more as an exercise, swimming is a great way to stretch out your body and is usually very popular for people who have lower back pain or issues with their hips.
Elevated feet: Lay down face up on the floor. Then lift your feet as high as they can go off the ground. Hold that position for 10-40 seconds. Repeat 4-5 times before taking a rest. For added support, elevate your feet and then press them against a wall.
Squats: Separate your feet hip distance apart. Then squat down as low as necessary for a good stretch in your lower back and hips. You may hold on to something for support and balance, such as a chair, a wall, or a table.
These stretches don’t require lengthy amounts of time, and can be part of your daily routine to help minimize discomfort. Taking part in back pain stretches and hip pain stretches to start off the day will not only help reduce the discomfort, but can also help increase functionality and decrease the likelihood of experiencing an injury.
Other Natural Pain Relief Options
If you are in need of something that will go deeper than simple stretches for your discomfort, you may want to talk to your doctor about regenerative medicine. The use of Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal cells and platelet-rich plasma can help your body to repair itself from a cellular level. Our doctors utilize cellular injections that contain potent regenerative properties. The cells used in the injected are harvested from umbilical cords after a healthy cesarean section birth. The mothers are pre-screened and monitored for this process, so you are getting the young, healthy, and brand new cells for this procedure. Once injected into an area of need, they work to regenerate damaged or degraded tissue. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, works in a similar way. However, this powerful substance is derived from your own blood. For this quick and simple procedure, a sample of your blood is processed and separates the platelet-rich plasma from your blood. This pure and rich substance is then injected back into your body in the areas of need. This encourages the body’s own natural properties to stimulate healing.
Both of these procedures pose little to no risk or pain. Patients are in and out of the office the same day, and the powerful properties of the cells or platelet-rich plasma go to work repairing the body from the inside, avoiding potentially addictive medication or surgery. If you are interested in learning more about regenerative medicine, call us today for a free consultation.