5 Ways To Treat Low-Back Pain Without Pills

A woman rubbing the small of her backAccording to the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. After the common cold and the flu, back pain is the number two reason people visit a doctor’s office.

Taking over-the-counter medication may relieve the pain temporarily, but to keep your back healthy for the long haul, regularly incorporate these five natural remedies.

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1. Yoga
Some of the most healing back stretches are taken from classic yoga. According to a 2011 study in Archives of Internal Medicine, people who took a weekly 75-minute yoga class for 12 weeks reported diminished low-back pain symptoms and less need for pain medicine than those who didn’t. Three simple back-stretching poses are modified cobra, child’s pose and the piriformis stretch.

2. Massage
Feeling stressed out is often a cause of back pain, so it’s no surprise that massaging the pain away works. A third of people who got weekly rubdowns for 10 weeks experienced significant relief from low-back pain, compared with four percent who didn’t go, according to a 2011 study in The Annals of Internal Medicine.

3. Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT)
During OMT, a doctor of osteopathy stretches and uses gentle pressure on muscles and joints. In a study from the…