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What To Do About A Painful Back

Apr 3, 2008
Back pain is a problem suffered my many millions of people around the world who find almost no long term relief from this complaint; affecting almost every type of phyical activity they engage in. Only back pain relief medication seems to help, and then only for a little while. The problem with pain relief medication is that it doesn't help the cause of the problem, just merely makes it a little more bearable.

Medication should be used sparingly and under the strict supervision of a medical professional. Often prescription pain medication can be more of a problem than the back injury itself. This is due to the acdictive nature of the medication and their tendency for them to become habit forming, if taken over a long period of time.

The problem with the back is just how strong it is and at the same time how easily it can become damaged. Sitting incorrectly or standing poorly, can often lead to permanent injurys to the spinal collum and often lead to a permanent condition.

However, back pain is usually caused by a lifting accident or from lifting incorrectly and it is normally the lower back that suffers. More recently people are willing to try natural back pain relief treatments to stop their reliance on other types of medication. An easy, inexpensive method to treat pain and bring relief is stretching; it actually relaxes the back muscles which can become knotted and tight, causing discomfort.

Some people are now discovering the benefits of reflexology. Massaging the feet in certain areas bring relief to a number of back pain sufferers. Often to compensate for our pain, the back muscles over compensate. Reflexology can help provide relief by improving the circulation which in turn relaxes these hard worked muscles.

Acupuncture is used frequently by people suffering spinal agony by giving them back pain relief just as it has for thousands of years, although, only recently in the West. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that all people have this energy which flows through them called 'chi' or 'qi'. Chi can become blocked but can be released by using thin needles inserted into various points on the body. Like reflexology, acupuncture seems to be used by people who suffer with chronic conditions like back pain which requires relief.

Tai Chi is also another ancient Chinese discipline which is basically a type of exercise similar to yoga except it is slower. Tai Chi is however very gentle and easily performed by young and older people. It focuses on breathing exercises with additional stretching movements.

To finish, it is a good idea not to forget the huge benefits that exercise can provide for back pain relief, including those of prevention.
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