Non Invasive Treatments for Back Pain
Chiropractic practices have mastered the art of non invasive treatments for back pain. Pain management techniques that involve the back can be categorized according to their invasiveness such as physical therapies that are not invasive and involve the use of medication –
Back Pain Management without Drugs
There are several non invasive techniques that involve the treatment in neck and back pain. Most of them do not involve drugs. Some of the most comprehensive programs in chiropractic circles involve –
These involve physical exertion that aim to increase a patient’s strength, restore normal motion and increase flexibility. Some of the most common include water therapy, the McKenzie method, stretching exercises, aerobic routines and others. Most of them involve passive, active or resistive elements depending on the type.
Chiropractors usually recommend behavioral modifications to patients who suffer from persistent back pain. This involves cognitive therapy that includes educating the patient to alleviate his pain by employing a number of coping and relaxation techniques as well as other methods.
This is one of the most common chiropractic techniques around. It involves the manipulation of affected areas by applying an appropriate amount of pressure to the muscles, joints and ligaments. There is also evidence that points to the success of these techniques.
This is also a common non invasive back treatment for back pain and is known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS. The therapy involves a low voltage electrical simulation that interacts with a person’s sensory nervous system and reduces back pain. Randomized trials do record neutral and positive results from the treatment.
Superficial Heating or Cooling of Skin
These are pain management treatments that include hot or cold packs. They also sometimes involve diathermy and are often done in conjunction with work outs.
About eight out of ten adults will complain about lower back pain at some point in their lives. The area is also known as the lumbosacral area of the back and is the part between the bottom of the rib cage and the top of the legs. Most of the muscles in the lower back is composed of a network of muscles that is attached to and surrounds the spine. Each of the circular vertebrae includes a disc in between. Needless to say any anomalies in such a complex structure are apt to cause complications and increase back pain if it is not seen to.
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