Remember, there’s no “magic fix” when it comes to back pain. Back pain relief usually comes from a combination of little things. Chiropractic manipulation (adjustments), rehab exercises, dry needling or acupuncture treatment, and other modalities like ultrasound or EMS are all things that are part of relieving shoulder discomfort. Taking the right supplements can also help. Even if you don’t usually take any supplements, taking them when you’re in the acute phase of an injury may give you what you need to heal on the cellular level. Chiropractors DONT make recommendations or prescribe prescription drugs, but we typically make nutrition and supplement recommendations. As chiropractic physicians, we have a pretty intense nutrition education in our doctorate programs. Let’s take a look at 3 supplements to help with back pain.
1) EPA DHA Fish Oil Supplement
This one is at the top of the list for a reason! You may have heard that you should be taking fish oil to increase your omega-3 fatty acids which may improve cardiovascular health. We love it because it improves can help improve joint health. EPA/DHA moderates prostaglandin and leukotriene production, supporting healthy connective tissue. It also supports joint comfort and flexibility. A quality EPA/DHA supplement creates healthy tissues on the cellular level and may reduce inflammation. This process is critical to decreasing joint pain and maximizing joint mobility.
2) A Quality Multivitamin
Taking a multivitamin is easy and can make such a big difference in how you feel. A multivitamin ensures you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs for all its intricate biological processes. You may not be getting the micronutrients you need through your diet. If you are, there a lot of things that can deplete vitamins and minerals; OTC and prescription medications are culprits. However, remember that not all vitamins are created equal, the quality varies significantly. If you’re buying them at the store, you may be throwing your money away. Do your research and find ones without fillers, with high-quality ingredients, and made by companies that formulate based on research.
Magnesium has been called “your body’s spark plug” and works with other nutrients as a catalyst for 375 biochemical reactions in our body. If you’re seeing a chiropractor, it’s likely because of something related to your musculoskeletal system or nervous system. Magnesium regulates your nerve and muscle function and helps muscles that are tight and contracted relax. Think of it as a natural muscle relaxer for spasms, cramping, and muscles that seem chronically tight for no reason. We recommend magnesium citrate and malate, they seem to be the most effective forms of magnesium for these types of complaints.
If you’re looking for back pain relief, know that supplements on their own aren’t going get you there by themselves. Tylenol or NSAIDs aren’t the tickets either but may give you some relief as part of your overall strategy. It would be beneficial to see a chiropractor and get some good conservative treatment. If you haven’t seen a chiropractor before, or you’re weary, don’t be. We give free consultations at our Cary NC chiropractic clinic with no strings attached. If it’s back pain that we can’t help with, we’ll make sure we refer you to someone who can help. Our Cary, NC chiropractors are back pain and mobility experts and would love to help you.