Natural Back Pain Remedy

December 4th, 2020 at 10:23 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Friday!  

I hope that you and your dogs/cats/significant others are doing well today.

If you have a dog or cat that is experiencing bouts of pain/discomfort...such as the arthritis flaring up...

Are anti-inflammatory drugs the ONLY option?

Well they definitely have a place, but are so over used, and OVER prescribed in my opinion.

I have been using Cannabidiol more often.. both for me...and my critters :-)

If you have YET to try it... I have a suggestion which many other pet parents are finding to be very helpful..

            MAGNESIUM a 'NEW' Natural Back Pain Remedy

Back pain is one of the most common ailments and sources of pain in both people and animals.

 In fact, more than 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at least once in their life and more than 10% of the population suffers from chronic back pain. Lower back pain is on the rise with more and more people developing pain on a consistent basis.

Natural treatment options and alternative medicine are also becoming increasingly popular when it comes to helping end back pain. Traditional approaches typically include opioids, surgery, and other medications that come with an abundance of unpleasant side effects.

Fortunately, magnesium is a natural and affordable option for treating many forms of pain, including back pain. While more research and studies can always be done, there is a sufficient amount of research and evidence-based results that show magnesium is an effective pain management solution.


Magnesium is a type of mineral that is responsible for properly maintaining bones and the function of nerves, muscles, stomach function, and more. 

Magnesium is also found naturally in foods. Some foods that have high levels of magnesium include:

Soy milk
Black beans
Brown rice


Since magnesium plays a critical role in the body and is responsible for many systems and functions, studies have looked at how magnesium plays a role in treating pain and back pain. Magnesium effectively decreases muscle pain because the mineral has the ability to make muscles relax and become less tense.

However, things get a bit more complex than that. Excessive pain comes from certain brain chemicals stimulating too much and these are called NMDA. When magnesium is taken it calms and balances this brain chemical with essentially no side effects. While there are prescription medications that do that same thing to balance NMDA, the medications also come with risks and side effects.

A 2004 study found that magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of chronic back pain. Since magnesium supports muscle and nerve function, a deficiency is directly related to impaired muscle and nerve function that can affect the back. 

Another study also found that patients who suffered from chronic back pain had a significant improvement in pain levels and range of motion of the spine when magnesium supplementation was used. The “findings show that a 2-week intravenous magnesium infusion followed by 4 weeks of oral magnesium supplementation can reduce pain intensity and improve lumbar spine mobility during a 6-month period in patients with refractory chronic low back pain with a neuropathic component,” according to the results of the study by Tanta University.


While it may not work for everyone, ( and every dog or cat), taking a magnesium supplement or increasing your magnesium intake with food may end your back pain for good. 

Magnesium is a natural option that does not pose that same side effects and risks as medications do, making it a good second option to prescription medication.

Magnesium is an inexpensive and readily available supplement that can be found online or at your local store with ease.


Magnesium glycinate is the best form for our dogs and cats as it is readily absorbed, and least likely to result in diarrhea.

A standard dog and cat dose is 1mg per pound of body weight twice daily. The liquid supplements are a great option.

If you have a pet ( or person) with chronic pain- in particular back pain, consider magnesium supplementation as a safe and potentially effective holistic option.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. Magnesium has been helping MANY people with chronic back pain, and really is a viable option for our dogs and cats.

P.P.S. If you have a pet with ACUTE pain...then consider Cannabidiol. It has been working very well for many a sore dog and cat.

In choosing a supplement ensure that it is organic, a whole plant extract ( ie contains many of the other healing cannabinoids), and one that uses hemp oil as the carrier oil for best results.

One that I use ( and just so happen to have for sale :-)  ), is my supplement  Dr Jones' ULTIMATE CBD for Dogs and Cats

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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