Back Pain Treatments You May Not Have Thought Of!
Treatments for back pain that may surprise you and others that are just plain common sense!
It has been estimated that pain of one type or another in the back are a serious problem that may affect about 80% of the population. At one time or another many people suffer from acute back pain that is gone in a few days or weeks. Others suffer from chronic suffering that lasts for months or longer. There are many types of treatments starting with simple pain relievers and physical therapy to surgery for serious back injuries.
More and more patients are going to an alternative treatment as opposed to the traditional methods that have been used for years. Reasons for the alternative treatments are convenience and another is cost.
There is so much speculation on the news about prescription drugs and their side effects that many want an alternative treatment where they won’t need these drugs. If an alternative treatment is successful in treating and curing the distress, the patient is also eliminated from going through many medical tests, injections, physical therapy and possible unnecessary surgery. This ultimately may save a lot of money on medical bills and health care costs.
Another name for the alternative back pain treatment is ‘natural.’ Many patients have had success with these methods and have been able to lead normal lives during and after the treatments. Some of the alternative treatment methods that are being used are:
Acupuncture: Acupuncture needles are used inserted along a pathway where there is pain on the back. The suffering is from energy being blocked and the needles unblock the area. In a recent survey of over 150 patients with back pain, the patients that had acupuncture over traditional treatments were pain free much quicker and longer.
Capsaicin Cream: This is the ingredient you will find in chili peppers. It is very effective when rubbed on the distressed area four times a day. It can be found at health food stores, drug stores and online.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones and muscles. A deficiency on Vitamin D can cause chronic muscle pain in your back. Good sources of Vitamin D are milk, fish and cereal.
Music Therapy: Music Therapy has been proven a relaxant as well as an anti-depressant in people with chronic back pain. Listening to soft music will lessen anxiety and depression often associated with chronic back ache.
Vitamin B-12: Vitamin B-12 is another vitamin that is very good for relieving pain in back sufferers. Dairy products and meat are both good sources of Vitamin B-12.
Magnesium: Magnesium is great for good muscle growth, strong bones as well as giving a good immune system to name just a few of the benefits of this mineral. Magnesium rich foods include green vegetables like spinach, nuts, whole grain breads and bananas.
Additional techniques to work on discomfort in the back are willow bark, yoga and Bowen therapy are also some alternative treatment methods. There is an increasing group that are choosing to use these alternative methods in their quest to get healthy quicker and eliminate discomfort and pain.
Look over the list and give them a try. Some are long term solutions. Others will give you relief from back problems relatively quickly depending on the cause and source of the pain. Overall you should explore what is available and these alternative treatments and methods may be exactly what you need to make your back pain free.