Alternative Treatments for Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is one of the most miserable experiences that a human being can endure. It affects every aspect of a sufferer’s life and keeps them from finding comfort. Sitting, standing and even lying down can all be excruciating to someone who’s coping with lower back pain. It may feel as if their entire life revolves around just trying to find a comfortable position.

If you’re coping with lower back pain, you should know that there are more options for treatment besides pain medication, anti-inflammatories, or surgery. There are many natural remedies that can provide relief from back pain and may help to cure the problem once and for all.

Massage Therapy

Massage has been used since the beginning of time to reduce back pain and research shows that it can offer some short term relief for lower back pain. When combined with exercise and lifestyle modification, massage therapy is an effective way to manage pain and reduce inflammation. In addition, massage can help alleviate the depression that frequently accompanies chronic pain.

Acupuncture

This ancient healthcare is becoming increasingly popular in the western world and research shows that acupuncture can be helpful as both an alternative and complementary therapy. This traditional Chinese medicine uses needles to release pain, perhaps by releasing opioids in the body. Acupuncture has become so common that many insurance plans cover treatment. It may also be deductible as a medical expense on your taxes.

Yoga

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Yoga works to create a balance in one’s body through specific poses that increase strength and flexibility while relaxing the mind. Yoga has been found in several studies to be an effective way to manage lower back pain, especially when combined with exercise and lifestyle modification. Your chiropractor may be able to refer you to a licensed yoga instructor if you both feel that this is a viable treatment method for you.

Chiropractic Care

Of course, one of the best treatment methods of all is chiropractic care. A doctor of chiropractic is able to perform adjustments to relieve the discomfort that lower back pain causes while restoring joint mobility. Chiropractors use controlled force to patients’ joints to relieve pain and stiffness while encouraging the body to heal. Much research has been done on chiropractic’s effectiveness on back pain and it has been consistently described as an effective and safe way to treat back pain.

If you’re suffering from back pain and don’t want to take habit-forming pills or endure the risks of surgery, alternative medicine may be right for you. Alternative and complementary healthcare methods are becoming increasingly common as a way to enable wellness without putting the patient at unnecessary risk.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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