Chronic Pain
Lower Back Pain

Alternative, natural treatment for lower back pain

Lower back pain can affect everyone differently, but for some, lower back pain can become chronic, and have a debilitating effect on one’s ability to take part in their everyday activities. In the UK, conventional painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and in some cases opioids, are prescribed to help relieve lower back pain, but recently, alternative natural treatments have emerged as a popular, and effective, choice amongst many.

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of those who have used plant-based treatment to manage pain said it was an effective treatment

120 million

working days are lost due to back pain

2 in 3

people are affected by lower back pain at some point in their life

Number 1

condition treated with alternative, natural treatment in the UK is chronic pain

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my plant-based treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Long lasting pain


Legs feel numb or weak

Redness and/or swelling on the back

Loss of bowel/bladder control

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have lower back pain. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Sometimes if your lower back pain does not improve, or becomes more severe, your GP may prescribe analgesics (painkillers) or medicines that relax the muscles in your back. Physiotherapy and manual therapy involving exercise and stretching may be recommended, or CBT to help you develop coping strategies to deal with the pain, or in extreme cases surgery may be recommended.






If you are struggling to manage your symptoms with conventional medicines and have had a lack of success with at least two licensed treatments for lower back pain, new, alternative, natural treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve."

Dr David Tang

Chronic Pain Specialist

Can I get prescribed plant-based treatments for lower back pain in the UK?

In the UK, specialist doctors registered by the GMC, like those that work for Releaf, can prescribe plant-based treatments for lower back pain to patients who have been unsuccessful in managing their condition using licensed, conventional medications and treatments. 

Lower back pain can be caused by a number of things including standing for long periods of time, poor posture, heavy lifting, and poor diet or lack of exercise, but also by inflammatory conditions, or injuries like a slipped disk or a fractured vertebra, and it can last for a few hours, days, weeks, months, or even years - it all depends on the individual. 

Releaf’s natural, alternative therapies can alter, or influence, some of the messages and signals that the brain send around the body, including pain responses. Evidence has shown that because of this, some plant-based alternative treatments can relieve lower back pain, and pain perception in the brain, which not only improves symptoms, but also quality of life. 

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