Back Pain Therapy
Back pain is one of the most common forms of pain that is experienced, around the world. And there is a good reason for this. You see, the muscles in the back are responsible for most of the body’s movement, in one form or another. This makes those muscles vulnerable to being overused or stretched beyond their capacity, especially in situations such as; sports, physical labor (construction, etc.) and recreational pursuits. However, back pain can also emanate from under- use, as well. For example, spending too much time at a desk job or sitting in front of a computer. Because of this, a number of back pain therapy treatments have evolved.
Causes of Back Pain
As indicated above, there are a number of reasons why back pain therapy is so commonplace. These include:
- Spine-related Issues (Scoliosis, etc.)
- Lifestyle Issues
- Emotional Causes
Depending on the initial causation factors of your particular type of back pain problems, the traditional medicine treatments that are usually prescribed include:
- Lifestyle changes
Alternative Back Pain Therapy Options
However, there are many individuals who suffer from chronic back pain and who would rather avoid highly invasive surgery or medication (with potential side effects). Fortunately, there are other forms of treatment that exist. These include…
Acupuncture is considered one of the best alternative types of back pain therapy, in particular, low back pain. This form of treatment will involve the insertion of thin, sterilized needles into specific locations in your skin, which are then accurately manipulated.
Patients have reported feeling pain relief at the conclusion of each treatment session. The length of time reported for these pain relieving effects can run from a few hours to a few weeks. This form of therapy is particularly effective for nerve-related pain and muscle spasms.
You can locate qualified acupuncturists online or you can ask your physician, family and friends if they have a recommendation. There are also organizations that inform the public regarding the qualifications and locations of local acupuncturists.
Massage therapy is designed to ease the tightness that can affect your muscles and cause pain. By itself, it can relieve pain and in conjunction with more traditional medicine, it can lower the amount of medication that you require.
Studies have also indicated that, with as little as one hour of massage therapy each week, for a total of 10 weeks, patients experienced less pain and could lead a more active lifestyle than those who had only received traditional medicine treatment.
It’s a commonly accepted fact that regular activity will release the pressure that has built up on your spinal disks. This is something that definitely needs to be kept in mind for those whose job requires them to be sitting at a desk for extended periods of time. In order to avoid back pain, it’s a good idea to periodically take a break from your desk, stretch and walk around for a bit.
Exercise is another means of dealing with back pain. The best type of workout involves exercises that will stretch and strengthen the muscles. One such type of workout is Tai Chi, which can be performed as a low impact routine that even elderly practitioners can benefit from.
The benefits of yoga, when it comes to relieving back pain, are derived from the stretching and flexibility exercises that address tight back muscles and build muscle strength. The same holds true for Pilates.
Another benefit derived from yoga and Pilates is the fact that the exercises can be performed whenever it’s convenient. For example, you can take 10 minutes to perform yoga and Pilates exercises upon waking up and then again prior to going to bed. You can tailor an exercise regimen to accommodate your daily schedule, so that you can increase your workout to one hour each day, 3-4 times during the week.
Having your spine adjusted by a chiropractor (or other appropriate professional) can serve to relieve back pain. If your back pain is unrelated to a nerve issue, you may find that chiropractic adjustments may even work more effectively than other forms of back pain therapy. You should seek a licensed chiropractor, qualified physical therapist or osteopathic doctor.
You may wish to begin with a 4 –week set of 3 sessions of spinal manipulation plus any other aspects of therapy that is recommended by the professional. Take note of the length of time that you are experiencing relief after each session. At that end of four weeks, you should know if you’re experiencing the type of benefits that warrant continuing with your back pain therapy with this form of treatment.
It’s possible that you may also experience relief from certain forms of herbal remedies. Some of the more popular approaches include:
- Capsaicin – the substance that gives chili peppers it’s spicy ‘burn’ and is the primary ingredient in thousands of popular hot sauces. It can be found in the form of capsaicin cream, which is applied to the painful area, in order to block pain signals.
- White Willow herb extract is also used, as it is similar to aspirin.
- Devil’s Claw is an herb that can be used to treat osteoarthritis and is also used to help with back pain. It can be found in tablet, capsule or liquid form.
As you can see, there are a number of different back pain therapy approaches. You should discuss these with your professional therapist, in order to determine the one that is right for you.