Back Pain

I’ve suffered from various forms of back pain since I was in high school. Part of it has been caused by the way I sleep, part of it (I’m sure) was caused by by carrying a far too heavy backpack, and part of it is simply caused by genetics. In college, the stress of school work and lots of back-to-back due dates compounded my problem. I went to a chiropractor when I was home from college (and on my parent’s insurance), which drastically reduced my pain. But, now that I’m married and off on my own (with hubby – of course!), it seems a little frivolous to shell out the big bucks on trips to the chiropractor so I can be a little more comfortable.

Tiger BalmBut, never fear! I have found a solution that really works for me in a number of ways — Tiger Balm. Tiger Balm is a product that originated in China (I think), and is all-natural. It works in way similar to Icy-Hot, but its sent is more mentholated, which I enjoy much more. I liken the tingly feeling you get after a few minutes to the way Burt’s Bees tingles your lips a bit, but now you just tingle over a larger surface area. I can hardly think of anything more relaxing than falling asleep with that feeling.

Tiger Balms comes in a couple of different preparations (a Vaseline-like balm, a lineament, a patch, and possibly one more I can’t seem to remember), so its easy to find one that suits your needs. I prefer the balm, mostly because it needs to be rubbed into the skin, and I’m happy to have any excuse to ask hubby for a massage! The balm comes in three different strengths; I use the extra strength, called Tiger Balm Red. This, while not as effective as a trip to the chiropractor, has cleared up some of my worst pains and strains in only a couple of days. The only down side to the extra-strength version is that it can stain clothing. I usually rub mine on before bed and put my grey pajama shirt on, and I haven’t had any problem with staining with that. I did have a problem with a lighter fabric once, but it hasn’t been too much of a problem yet. The best part? I bought two containers of the balm in February on clearance at Wal-Mart for about 10 or 12 bucks. The first little jar is still over half-full. You can’t beat that!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are pregnant or nursing, Tiger Balm recommends you talk to your doctor before using. I have yet to be either, so I haven’t looked into when it is safe to use this product. Since it is all-natural, I don’t think it would be too much of a problem, but I can’t say for sure. If you are either and want to use this, please ask your doctor first!

For more great ideas and tips, visit Shannon’s blog, Rocks in my Dryer.

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One Response

  1. That reminds me that I have some Tiger Balm somewhere, can’t imagine why I didn’t think to use it for my back pain! I love how it smells. Thanks for the tip!

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