Back pain is a pretty elusive thing. It’s like trying to follow a ghost itch—you pinpoint something and it moves. It leaves you with unexpected and unpredictable pain, stiffness and general discomfort. It is one of the number one causes of disability in the U.S. and we are getting no closer to curing the issue because there are too many variables to consider for each case. We can however treat each individual case by offering both traditional and alternative therapies. There are therapies on both sides of the spectrum that has shown so much promise.
How to decide what therapy is good for you:
Some people are comfortable with traditional therapies and some are more apt to lean towards alternatives. This is a personal thing but it also depends on what you can do safely. For this a physical and MRI may be warranted on the traditional side. Even if you are a strictly alternative medicine person—you should embrace—for your own safety and well being—an MRI to take a look at what you will be dealing with and following the recommendation of a doctor as far as the recommended impact of therapy.
Top tips for back pain therapies:
- Get a physical: This is again the number one top tip. This is because you don’t need to start anything without proper professional advice. Assuming what’s wrong like most of us do and then doing something you read about does us no good. And neither does re-injuring the back.
- Get a second and third opinion: If you do choose to go the traditional rout and you have disc issues etc. surgery may be the right thing for you. However, it is a serious undertaking that may or may not cure the issue. You could walk out of surgery better, worse, or no different than you were when you started. A second and third opinion is recommended. After all—you are dealing with your back.
- Check credentials: In an alternative therapies situation—credentials should be checked for any practitioner. Preferably one who has a medical background that has gone into alternative therapies for a secondary career. There are many alternative therapists out there but it’s not like you are going to take a meditation class here—it’s your back and delicate mechanisms that can be compromised if you aren’t careful who you choose.
- Follow instructions: Once you have chosen a therapy, don’t be lazy with it. Even if you feel good—back pain is a trickster—a wolf in sheep’s clothing that can turn up to eat you anytime and worse than before. Doing any treatment half way is like not finishing your antibiotics when you have an infection. You can trigger a recurrence.
- Keep safe: Though you are doing therapy—don’t assume you can lift and twist wrong and you’ll just do more therapy. People assume this because they are making their back muscles stronger with therapy—but—one false move and you’re down with an injury or degenerative cascade you can’t fix so easily.