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A Collection of 6 All-Natural Remedies for Low Back Pain

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It has been estimated by experts that as much as 80% of the population will experience some form of low back pain at some point in their lives. Knowing this, it is important for just about everyone to begin learning about things that can be done to minimize these pains gently and naturally.

Don’t let back pain keep you from living your best life! Begin engaging in these six simple, all-natural remedies, and you will start to notice the benefits of reduced pain almost immediately.

#1 Deep Breathing

If you are looking to relax the muscles of the lower back, deep breathing is a surprisingly effective, and often overlooked method. Simply find your most comfortable position to lay in and begin to breathe, slowly and deeply. Try pretending to breathe in and around your lower back area. Slowly and gently feel your ribs go in and out. Feel your stomach go up and down. These subtle, gentle motions aid the muscles around your spine to relax. 

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#2 Reduce Stress

Reducing stress isn’t just good for your emotional well-being, it can have tangible impacts on how you feel physically, as well. During periods of stress, it is not uncommon for for your muscles to tense up as part of your fight or flight response, and the tensing of muscles in your back can cause discomfort. A study performed in Europe has led to the understanding that people who are more likely to have stress and negative thoughts are more likely to suffer from pains in the lower back. 

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#3 Hot Baths

Believe it or not, the positive effects of a hot bath on alleviating muscle pains and aches cannot be overlooked. The heat from the water causes muscles in the back to relax and stretch out, which lessens pains from muscle tightness. Maximize this effect by adding epsom salts into the bath, and enjoy a leisurely soak. The epsom salts can not only help with the muscle tightness but also can help reduce inflammation. 

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#4 Yoga

The benefits of regular yoga activity are vast, and it can provide physical, emotional, and spiritual improvements simultaneously. With regard to low back pain, it has now been shown in a study found in the British Annals of Internal Medicine that individuals suffering from low back pain who participated in one yoga class per week for three months saw improved function when compared with those receiving other forms of care. 

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#5 Talk Therapy

Did you know that simply speaking about your back pain with a therapist may actually help reduce your pain? A groundbreaking British study proclaims that of people afflicted with back pain, those who received 90 minutes of group cognitive behavioral therapy per week for 6 weeks reported less pain than those who did not do talk therapy. One year removed, an incredible 59% said their pain was cured, compared to only 31% of the people who did not go through the cognitive behavioral therapy. 

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#6 Stretch Your Hamstrings

Sometimes we don’t always recognize the ways in which parts of our bodies are connected. One such example is the connection between our lower back muscles and our hamstring muscles in the backs of our thighs. If your hamstring muscles and your back are tight, this will lead to additional stress on the sacroiliac joints, which can cause additional pain. Gentle hamstring exercises should be performed twice daily to avoid tightness.

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Written by Dr. David Jenkins

Dr. David Jenkins was born in Austin, Minnesota and raised in DeLand, FL. Dr. Jenkins chose to be a Chiropractor from personal experience as a chiropractic patient. His journey began in his teens, "Growing up I originally wanted to become a dentist to follow in my Dad's footsteps and take over his office. But growing up as a beach lifeguard and longtime Surfer I began noticing some back pain from running on the beach. My Dad informed me that I should visit his friend that was a local Chiropractor in DeLand for help. I started receiving Chiropractic Adjustments and began noticing great relief with the back pain and found out how effective Chiropractic Care was so at that point I began the journey to become a Chiropractor."

Dr. Jenkins moved to Missouri to attend Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO. After graduating in 2003, he moved back to Florida to be near his family and friends and to take his Chiropractic boards.

Another pivotal step in Dr. Jenkins' journey happened just before taking the boards, he explains, "my Dad who was 52 and very healthy had a sudden stroke, became paralyzed, and had to retire from Dentistry. After his initial hospital experience, he began rehabilitation with physical therapy and Acupuncture treatment. It was at that time I found the true value of Acupuncture. After experiencing my Dad's recovery I was very interested in gaining more knowledge, training, and experience to become certified in Acupuncture. In 2005, I graduated from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture in Carefree, Arizona, and began my journey in helping patients heal thru Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Rehabilitation."

After practicing several years in Orlando, Dr. Jenkins had the opportunity to join in the practice of an Orlando Orthopedic Surgeon. He gained over 5 years experience there while running 2 offices helping patients recover from injuries related to Auto Accidents, Sports Injuries, Acute trauma, and general neck and back pain.

Dr. Jenkins also has post Graduate training and over 8 years experience practicing Acupuncture helping patients with Allergy Elimination, Smoking Cessation, Weight Reduction, pain management, headaches, neck and back pain relief, and pain relief in the hands and feet.

Dr. Jenkins has many years of experience treating patients with Spinal Disc injuries using spinal decompression and spinal traction, spinal rehabilitation, core strengthening rehabilitation, Acupuncture, Chiropractic Adjustments, and β€œMUA” Manipulation Under Anesthesia.

Dr. Jenkins has advanced experience in rehabilitation with patients following surgery, fracture rehabilitation, severe neck and back injuries including cervical and lumbar disc herniations, and advanced experience including full rehabilitation on patients with sports and Auto Accident injuries. Dr. Jenkins is also well trained in several of the latest techniques in Auto Injury rehabilitation, Chiropractic, Rehabilitation, Spinal Decompression, and Acupuncture.

Dr Jenkins is a distinguished alumni of several postgraduate programs including his time at the prestigious Spine Research Institute of San Diego (SRISD) studying Whiplash and Brain Traumatalogy with Dr. Arthur Croft, one of the most well known researchers on Auto Accident related Injuries. Here Dr. Jenkins acquired a wealth of knowledge on Auto Injuries, Accident Reconstruction, Treatment for Auto Accident related injuries, Biomechanics, and Medicolegal forensics.

Today Dr. Jenkins is the owner and practicing Chiropractor at the Seminole Chiropractic Center in Casselberry, FL for over 11 years where the patient comes first and the patients goals of relief from pain and injuries are our main priority.

Seminole Chiropractic Center's approach to patient care is putting the patient first by listening to the patient’s needs to find out how to serve them best and then custom tailor and treatment plan to serve the patient best for efficient, fast relief so that the patient may return to their busy active lifestyle that they once enjoyed.

 
In his limited free time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys Big Wave Surfing, Fishing, Martial Arts, and Softball.

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