“Oh, My Aching Back!”
Jun 25, 2015
Do you get backaches? Here’s my view on the topic.
Several factors contribute to backaches, such as stress, strain and injury. Stress, whether it is emotional or physical, creates nutritional demands upon the body. In most instances, dietary intake of essential nutrients may already be sub-optimal, and the result of nutritional imbalances can be muscle fatigue or cramping.
Strictly from a nutritional standpoint, this would be a matter of inadequate amounts of minerals and B-complex vitamins, all of which are essential because of their roles in electrical message conduction.
Nutrients that can help the back muscles return to balance and harmony are:
B-complex Vitamins – Essential for proper nerve function and communication; they participate in the communication necessary for the muscles to relax, as well as to contract.
Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium – Minerals that are necessary for the communication flow between the nerve endings and the receptor sites on the cells. The electrical flow of this communication allows the cells to get the message of how to perform, facilitating all of the cells working in harmony. In the case of the back muscles, to contract or relax the muscles.
Proteolytic enzymes are also recommended for their support of natural inflammatory processes throughout the body.
Of course, movement, exercise, yoga and massage are always beneficial to anyone suffering from backaches.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.