What do most people and physicians reach for when dealing with an acute or chronic low back injury? Usually, the first line of treatment is medication whether it is in the form of an anti-depressant, opioids, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. But this doesn't have to be the case. In fact, it has been shown that unconventional methods for treating back injuries and back pain are just as successful or even more so than medication or surgery with few or no side effects as compared to their counterparts.
Are you unsure of where to begin? Here are 5 non-invasive ways to ease your pain and give you peace of mind.
- Acupuncture -- doctors think this ancient Chinese practice triggers the body to release natural painkillers. It is becoming ever popular and is even being covered by some insurance companies.
- Yoga -- this ancient form of exercise is shown to reduce pain, disability, and depression that often accompanies low back pain.
- Massage -- this treatment, and especially self-massage, is a comforting and soothing way to relieve pain possibly due to blocking the pain signals traveling to the brain.
- Water exercise -- this provides a great, low-impact way of stretching and strengthening sore and painful low back muscles and joints.
- Hypnosis -- either through self-hypnosis or with a therapist, this allows you to enter an altered state of focus changing the way chemicals in the brain respond to pain impulses.
Low back pain is extremely distressful and worrisome, but persistence with these alternative therapies can help alleviate many symptoms. Contact us for further information regarding the treatment of back injuries and back pain.