Chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy are all alternatives to surgery.
Surgery or the prospect of surgery is never a pleasant subject. If your back pain has become so severe that your doctor has recommended surgery then you might be feeling a little bit nervous right now. This is perhaps why you have turned online to find the answers to some of the questions you might be having.
Back pain that is caused by a back malformation, cancerous tumor or an infection may not need to be treated surgically. In such cases most physical treatment should suffice. Below we are going to take a look at what some of these options are.
Chiropractors are also known informally as the spine doctors. Their work involves the realignment of the spine, increasing the spinal soft tissue flexibility, reduction of pressure from misaligned spinal joints and constricted joints. All of these efforts go a long way in getting rid of back pain. The good thing about a visit to the chiropractor is that it doesn’t take long. For most people 15 minutes 3 times a week is all that is needed at the start. As your spine gets better, your sessions lessen and you can begin a simple maintenance program where you visit the doctor occasionally.
Acupuncture has been around for a long time, and studies carried out by the NIH have proved that acupuncture is a worthy treatment option for back pain. Traditional acupuncture theory claims that when energy (referred to as chi) is disturbed as it flows through pathways known as meridians, the patient will suffer from pain and illness.
The process is pretty straightforward. An acupuncturist will place very delicate thin needles into the pathways we have referred to above as meridians. The needles are supposed to help guide and correct the chi flow which should ultimately get rid of any back pain or illness.
Many people claim that acupuncture is actually so painless and relaxing that some often sleep during the treatment!
Physical therapy is probably one of the preferred and most commonly referenced forms of treating back pain. Physical therapy involves using both active and passive treatments including exercise.
Therapists will lay out a specific exercise program ideally for you. These exercises fall under active therapy. At every stage you will be supervised and monitored by your therapist to ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly.
Exercises that are likely to be included in your schedule include:
Passive therapy often does not require your active participation and will be done on you as you relax. Activities that fall under passive therapy are:
is a system for secure comfortable relaxation (muscle relaxation)especially para-vertebral muscles and gentle stretching (traction) of the spine to restore its normal functioning. Thanks to the scientific interest, the enthusiasm and professionalism of doctors in different countries have been carried out numerous scientific and clinical studies on the use of Detensor method in various fields of medicine. Detensor spinal traction decompression therapy is indicated for a wide range of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and has a small number of contraindications.
There are other non-surgical back pain treatment options that exist that may be used to treat back pain from herb use to natural supplementing.