Bad Back Treatments

Hi everybody. I’m looking for a little sympathy in writing this blog post. I’m currently in a huge amount of pain with my lower back. I put it out on Sunday while bending over to pick something up and then couldn’t move off the bed for 24 hours, such was the pain and gravity of the injury. Fortunately, I am back on my feet and up and about, but I am still in a great deal of discomfort with an extremely stiff back. I’ve still got a fair way to go until I’m fully recovered. Fortunately, there is an acupuncturist local to me. Acupuncture has proven to be an extremely effective remedy for ailments such as lower back pain sciatica, so I have booked an appointment for this evening. Hopefully I’ll feel much better after treatment. Only time will tell but I have every confidence in it. (You can find out more info about spinal health by taking a look at this leading website: http://www.spine-health.com/)

But this whole experience got me to thinking about the different treatments and therapies that have proven effective in treating muscular injuries such as mine. And, indeed, those that have proven to be great preventative measures. In this blog post I will list and analyze some of the more common and well known treatments, both traditional and alternative.

Stretching

This is an excellent remedy that helps to release the tension in your muscles and allows them to relax. Regular stretching is also a great preventative measure, increasing muscular flexibility which in turn reduces the risk of injury. However, to be an effective remedy to muscular pain or discomfort, the stretches employed need to be targeted to the particular muscle group in question and need to be performed correctly. If not, further discomfort or injury could result. Seek professional advice wherever possible before employing this method without supervision.

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Physiotherapy

This is a traditional remedy employed by both public and private health professionals for the treatment of patients recovering from muscular and/or skeletal injury. It combines stretching, stabilization and strength exercises as a method of treatment with aim of returning pre-injury flexibility and muscle strength. A physiotherapist may also employ such methods as heat therapy, ultrasound or massage in their course of treatment.

Acupuncture

Originating in China, acupuncture is now widely practised in the west, although considered an alternative medicine or treatment. It has proved extremely effective for many sufferers of muscular injury or discomfort and is widely recommended and as an effective remedy. The treatment is administered by inserting thin needles into the affected area of the body. They are then manipulated and at various “points” to stimulate the nervous system and relieve tension in the affected muscles.

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Chiropractic

Also considered an alternative medicine, chiropractic is a non-invasive procedure focused on the bodies structure, particularly that of the spine. Chiropractors administer adjustments to the spine with the aim of correcting misalignments and promoting the body’s natural healing ability. It has proven extremely effective for those suffering directly from back pain, but is also effective on other musculoskeletal groups as all are linked ultimately to the spine.

Massage Therapy

This has proven to be an great treatment for correcting muscle restrictions and imbalances. Massage therapy helps stimulate blood circulation, reduce inflammation and loosen muscle in the affected area of the body. It is extremely effective in aiding pain relief but has limited ability to fully cure a musculoskeletal problem. Patients are treated by their therapist on a massage table. If your therapist visits you in your own home, it might be worth investing in your own for the sake of convenience. You can find some great bargains on second hand massage tables for sale online by clicking this link.

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Aqua Therapy

This is a very effective way to perform exercise when in recovery from any kind of injury to the load bearing elements of your body. Buoyancy minimizes the load placed on your spine, hips or legs while the water creates a natural resistance against bodily movements, resulting in strength increases. Aqua therapy is more suited to patients recovering from a significant injury rather than a chronic ailment, but can still prove effective if carried out on a regular basis. There is no requirement to be able to swim as the therapy can be conducted in the shallows of a pool or against a pool wall.

Surgery

In very serious cases of musculoskeletal or back injuries, surgery is the only option. This only used as a final resort and is obviously very invasive and does not come without risk. The recuperation period after such a procedure can be considerable. All other methods of treatment should be considered and experimented with before resorting to surgery. Surgery will only be performed at the say so of a qualified consultant or surgeon.

I hope this has been a helpful overview for you all folks. Be careful out there and don’t forget to treat your back with the respect it deserves. Until next time!