For many people there is no single or certain cure for lower back pain; it often takes a process of trial and error to find what works best for you.
Traditional medical approaches will usually focus on addressing the anatomical problems in your lower back, but for many people more of a multifaceted approach will do a better job at keeping the pain at bay.
The following list—compiled from our readers and from the doctors who write for this site—includes remedies that are often overlooked or underemphasized in the traditional medical model:
1. Release your inner endorphins
Endorphins are hormones made naturally in your body. What most people don’t know is that they can be just as strong as any manufactured pain medication. When endorphins are released in your body, they help block pain signals from registering with your brain. Endorphins also help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression, which are all associated with chronic back pain and often make the pain worse.