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Natural Muscle Relaxers
January 22
18:27 2019

I’m 67 and have had back pains since my late teens. It first started with lower back pains due a slightly herniated L4 disc from riding bulls. Over the years, this has caused the muscles in my lower back to knot up and pinch off the sciatic nerve. A few times, the muscles knotted up too tight that it pinched off the sciatic nerve resulting in the loss of all feeling and use in my leg.

Doctors tried treating the muscle knotting with prescription muscle relaxers such as Flexeril, a powerful and addictive muscle relaxer. Knowing it was addictive, I only used the Flexeril when absolutely necessary. Another reason for limiting the use of Flexeril was that it made me drowsy, further interfering with my ability to function and work.

In 2005, my wife and I were hit on the interstate by a 19-year-old driver who lost control of her car. It caused our minivan to flip and land upside down. I took the brunt of the impact with the pavement when we landed upside down and the roof caved in. I ended up with 2 herniated and 3 bulging discs in my neck, the compression of 5 discs in the center of my back (right between the shoulder blades and a wedge compression of a vertebra (right between the shoulder blades). I lost 1 ¼ inches in height instantly as a result of the accident. I live with severe neck and back pain ever since the accident.

My wife had minor damage to a hip. This has left her with recurrent lower back muscle pain which affects her sciatic nerve. Prescription muscle relaxers knock her out and now that she is working again, they really aren’t an option. We end up using some form of back-pain and muscle rub and a tens unit. Sometimes they help and sometimes that help is short and temporary.

Many of you probably have your own stories of how you developed back pain, lower, upper and middle.

I discovered that in America, there are no over-the-counter muscle relaxers, so I’ve decided to do some research to see if there is anything natural we can use to help with her back pain. That has led me to do some research to see if there are any natural items that can be taken to help with relaxing tight and knotted muscles and this is what I’ve found:

1- Chamomile. For centuries, some cultures have used chamomile to treat a number of different ailments. They’ve also used it to treat muscle spasms. Chamomile contains 36 different flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory properties. If you can find it, chamomile essential oil rubbed over tight, knotted and spasmed muscles to help relive the spasms. Some use chamomile tea to help with tight muscles.

2- Tart Cherry Juice. Many long-distance runners drink tart cherry juice prior and after a race to help relieve sore and tight muscles. Tart cherry juice contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help with sore muscles.

3- Blueberries. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the amount of oxidative stress of muscles.

4- Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which is known to be a natural muscle relaxer. Cayenne pepper has been recommended for people also suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

5- Vitamin D. Some people who have chronic muscle pain are really suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D can be obtained from being in the sun, from foods like fortified milk, fish and eggs and it can be taken as a capsule, liquid or tablet.

6- Magnesium. Magnesium is vital to the body for nerve and muscle function. Sometimes, boosting the intake of magnesium can help with muscle soreness. Besides taking as a supplement, magnesium can also be found in almonds, bananas, brown rice and legumes.

7- Rest. Resting the tight or spasmed muscle is really the best natural remedy for tight, sore, knotted and spasmed muscles.

Do these things really work? We intend to find out, probably starting with the chamomile.

 

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