Back pain can get in the way of living your day to day life. It’s not something tied into age either. All it takes is a wrong move at work or some simple chores around the house and you might tweak or pull something. To make matters worse, getting pain medication can be a double-edged sword. It can solve your pain, but leave you with awful side-effects or an addiction to opioids. Here are some ways to solve your back pain without using medicine.

Massage and Acupuncture

Getting a massage can help to sort out back pain depending on the cause. A strained or pulled muscle can be worked out with the right technique. While many people get massages to relax, there are certified medical massage therapists whose services could be covered by your medical insurance provider. Acupuncture is another method of stress relief that also claims to relieve pain, though this is not always accepted as a scientifically accurate statement. It’s recommended that you do research on your local businesses that offer this outlet and try a session or two before any long term commitment.


While it is not legal in every state, CBD is an option to soothe pain. This applies to both muscle and skeletal-based pain sources. CBD oil is made from cannabidiol extracted from hemp. THC-free options are available that won’t test negatively on any drug tests, or give the feeling of being “high” during use. CBD also provides additional benefits such as improved sleep function and mood regulation. Lastly, it is an affordable option with little to no negative side effects.


Chiropractic work is a well-known alternative medicine that specializes in handling spinal-based pain. Chiropractors focus on alleviating issues by manipulating the spine and using manual therapy to alleviate pain in the body. Those who research chiropractic work may see that it was not always accepted in traditional medicine. However, the practice has become more accepted over time. Many insurance providers and doctors treat chiropractors as a legitimate practice, and in some cases even recommend them to patients who prefer not to use potentially addictive medications.

Pain Rehab

Rehabilitation centers are another valid option for resolving back pain. A spine injury rehabilitation center can offer a support system and program to recover from your back pain. Always research rehab centers and ask your doctor about their knowledge on such a facility.

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