3 Holistic Options To Relieve Back Pain While In Recovery For An Addiction


Back pain can cause discomfort and leave you immobile, so you may require prescription pain relievers to help you complete daily tasks. Unfortunately, these medications can be dangerous to your health. However, if you are part of the 23 million addicts in recovery, taking prescription pain relievers can affect your sobriety. Of course, finding relief is still necessary to live day to day without pain and stress. Using this guide on holistic pain relievers, you can find relief for your back pain without damaging your recovery success.

Chiropractic Care

Consult your doctor to determine if a chiropractor can relieve your back pain. These medical professionals offer a variety of non-invasive, non-medication solutions to ease pain and emotional stress.

After a detailed consultation, the chiropractor can design a plan of action to help you find relief for your back pain. In some cases, a spinal manipulation will be recommended. During this procedure, the chiropractor will use their hands to gently realign the back, neck, and spine. This strong manipulation of the vertebrae should not cause you pain, but you will feel some pressure during the treatment.

Undergoing a spinal manipulation will ease pain, reduce inflammation and irritation of the nerves, and improve your mobility. In addition, continuous spinal manipulations can reduce emotional stress and anxiety.


During a visit to your chiropractor, they may suggest various forms of hydrotherapy to treat your back pain without jeopardizing your sobriety with prescription medications. Centered on the use of water, in varying forms, hydrotherapy can improve your body's blood flow, reduce inflammation, and ease emotional and physical tension.

Thankfully, there are many forms of hydrotherapy available, so finding one suited to your needs should be simple. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Showers or Baths
  • Warm Compress
  • Ice Packs
  • Swimming
  • Relaxing in a Sauna
  • Soaking in Jetted Tub

Sitting in a hot bath may feel good on your back, but an excessively high temperature may increase your blood pressure, increasing the risk of cardiovascular issues. To ensure your bath, shower, or jetted tub is safe, make sure the water temperature is between 92 and 100 degrees. This is a sufficient heat for easing pain, decreasing inflammation, and reducing emotional stress.


Simple tasks, such as dressing, going grocery shopping, and working around the house may not be possible with your back pain. However, incorporating some light exercises into your day can help decrease your pain.

During exercise, your brain releases natural endorphins through the body. These chemicals are not only natural pain relievers, but they can also improve your mood, which can be beneficial when dealing with chronic pain.

Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise plan, but consider completing the following simple moves each day to decrease pain and improve your mood without the use of harmful substances:

  • Curl – Sit in a chair, with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your back up straight. Reach both arms directly above your head, stretching as high as possible. Ensure your feet remain on the ground and your bottom stays in the chair. Hold the upward stretch for a few minutes before curling your arms and upper back down to the floor. Create a C shape with your body by holding this curling position for a few minutes. Release and complete multiple times per day.
  • Knee Twist – Lie flat on your back and bend your knees towards your chest. Open your arms out to the sides, stretching as far as possible. With your knees closed together, move them to the right side and hold the stretch in place for a few minutes. Be sure your arms are still spread out to the sides, as well. Release your knees and move them to the left side of your body, keeping your arms stretched out in place. Hold this stretch for a few minutes before releasing. Repeat multiple times.

Chronic back pain is difficult for everyone, but it can be a serious problem when suffering with an addiction. Using this guide and the help of your doctors, you can protect your sobriety while relieving your back pain. You may also want to consider going to a detox center to help you overcome your addiction.


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