‘Back pain’ is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. The solution: Rest and medication, right?
Well, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) say try massage or yoga, first.
-The type of acute pain we’re talking about is your “garden variety back pain you might get after shoveling a little too much or over-exercising”…NOT the kind of pain that radiates down your leg and causes numbness, or the type which results from a major accident.
-Instead, the new guidelines suggest techniques to speed up the healing process, including heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation which can “relax the muscles, joints, and tendons so people can be relieved of their low back pain sooner, rather than later.
FYI: New evidence suggests that acetaminophen is no longer recommended for acute back pain. The reason: it doesn’t reduce pain or inflammation. SOURCE: NPR https://goo.gl/zDvQIq
Believe it or not, there are a few cultures in the world where back pain hardly exists. One indigenous tribe in central India reported essentially none. And the discs in their backs showed little signs of degeneration as people aged.
An acupuncturist in Palo Alto, Calif., thinks she has figured out why. She has traveled around the world studying cultures with low rates of back pain — how they stand, sit and walk. Now she’s sharing their secrets with back pain sufferers across the U.S.
Esther Gokhale’s Five Tips For Better Posture And Less Back Pain
Try these exercises while you’re working at your desk, sitting at the dinner table or walking around, Esther Gokhale recommends.
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