7 Alternative Medicines for Back Pain


Ana  Margarita Olar |

Back pain has been accepted as a part of aging when most people experience a lot of “aches”. But now, there are many treatment options for back pain and one is through alternative medicine or integrative therapies.

These types of therapy have been widely accepted and medical field considers it as a field of study.

Here are some types of alternative medicine for back pain:


The bark of the white willow tree has pain relieving properties. It contains an ingredient which converts into salicylic acid. Capsaicin is derived from chili peppers. These two substances are then combined.

When applied on the skin, it will create a warm sensation on your back and relieve the pain.


The elements of yoga: flexibility, core strengthening, and relaxation will contribute to the reduction of back pain. It comes in different forms and levels, adjusted to suit your ability.


Chiropractic is the adjustment and manipulation of the spine in relation to the body’s natural healing ability. Compared to orthodox medicine, it focuses on health restoration rather the disease eradication.


It is derived from the Latin word which means “bath”. It is the soaking of the patient into the water with minerals like sulfur. This will help provide relief from back pain.


“Prolo” means proliferation, because the method promotes the growth of new ligament tissues. An injectable dextrose is injected into the spine. This will trigger the body to release its natural inflammatory response to help in healing weakened structures of the bone.



If back pain is caused by soft and connective tissue problems, massage is the effective therapy. This involves different specialists such as massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors.

There are also several techniques such as active release, myofascial release, Hellerwork, and neuromuscular therapy.


It involves inserting of thin needles into some points of the body to create a flow of energy called Qi. There are several theories which explain how acupuncture can relieve back pain. One is by stimulating the central nervous system to release chemicals that alter the pain sensation.

Two, it works by a speeding relay of electromagnetic signals. Three, it triggers the release of natural opioids. Then it alters the release of neurohormones.

To avoid back pain, you need to observe proper posture, when sitting, standing, and even when sleeping. In most cases, back pain is not serious. But, when you experience these symptoms, you should consult a physician.

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