Non-Pharmaceutical Options To Help With Backpain


2nd September 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Backpain,Therapy


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Three non-pharmaceutical options to help with backpain

There are a few treatments which have been proven to reduce the duration of episodic low back pain and prevent the pain from returning as easily. One of these is Osteopathy.

Osteopaths are governed by the General Osteopathic Council they need to be registered and follow the strict code of conduct legally and ethically.

Call your osteopath: Research shows that the sooner you get treatment for almost any injury, the faster your recovery. Remember you can now go directly to your osteopath without seeing your doctor first. Your osteopath will perform a comprehensive evaluation, identify problematic areas covering assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation, and importantly and advise whether you should see your doctor or have any additional tests performed for symptoms which are contraindicated, or may be from a condition outside of the osteopaths role, these are called redflags.

 

Here are three non-pharmaceutical options for reducing acute or chronic low back pain which are commonly used and recommended by osteopaths:

Heat or ice: there is plenty of confliction on which works best, however there are virtually no negative side effects of either. Your osteopath will discuss these with you, you may consider trying both and see what works the best for you. Lie on your back with the heat or ice directly over the area that hurts. Use the heat or ice for 5-15 minutes and no more than once every 2 hours. Be sure to use a layer of protection between your skin and the heat or ice pack. *Both can cause burns so monitor closely*.

Rest: Try resting your back in a comfortable position. One of the best positions is to lie on your back with your legs up on the seat of a chair or lie in bed with pillows under your knees. Both are great positions for using the heat or ice pack. Short rest periods throughout the day are beneficial allowing the back to recover.

Movement rules and the sooner the better: Don’t run out to the garden to dig any ditches, but getting your back moving again after soreness or injury is very important. Simply going for a walk or riding a bike is a great way to facilitate the healing process through increasing circulation and activating muscles.

Call your osteopath: Research shows that the sooner you get treatment for almost any injury, the faster your recovery. Remember you can now go directly to your osteopath without seeing your doctor first. Your osteopath will perform a comprehensive evaluation, identify problematic areas covering assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation, and importantly and advise whether you should see your doctor or have any additional tests performed for symptoms which are contraindicated, or may be from a condition outside of the osteopaths role, these are called red flags.

Next time you experience back pain consider some non-pharmaceutical options with less side effects and with a correct diagnosis, treatment combined with information and advice will reduce future bouts of pain..

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