Alternative treatments for back pain

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR BACK PAIN

Non-medical treatments may be referred to as alternative treatments. The term “alternative” should not imply inferior, but these are various treatments not included in the traditional curricula of western medicine.

Many patients with low back pain report relief from alternative treatments. These treatments include:

-Acupuncture. 

Acupuncture stimulates points on the body thought to correct the body’s life force. During a session, thin needles are placed in the skin. Acupuncture has been shown to provide significant pain relief for some people.

-Massage therapy. 

Applied to the low back, massage therapy can relieve the muscle spasms that usually contribute to low back pain. Massage also increases blood flow to the low back, which speeds up healing by bringing nutrients and oxygen to damaged muscles.

-Mindful meditation. 

Meditation may be helpful in reducing the perception of pain and can reduce depression, anxiety and sleep problems that commonly occur with chronic pain. Meditative techniques for pain reduction include everything from deep breathing exercises to an altered focus approach.

-Yoga and Tai Chi

Evidence suggests that the mind-body practices of yoga and tai chi offer significant relief of the symptoms of low back pain.

-Homeopathy

Although few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider homeopathy treatments to relieve low back pain based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological makeup.

-Nutrition and Dietary supplements

There is no special diet for back pain, but you can help keep your body in good shape by eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and sugar. Drink plenty of water. Foods that are high in antioxidants (such as green leafy vegetables and berries) may help fight inflammation.

-Herbs

Herbs are generally available as standardised, dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures/liquid extracts (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Mix liquid extracts with a favourite beverage.

-Hydrotherapy

Hot and cold therapy may relieve lower back pain.

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