Looking for a pill-free way to ease back pain? A survey recently revealed the top six. And none of the alternative therapy methods for back pain treatment requires surgery.
They are chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, herbal therapy, relaxation training, and stretching-based Eastern exercises (think yoga and tai chi).
In a large national survey, 60% of people who had used one of these alternative therapy methods in the previous year said that it brought them a "great deal" of relief from their low back pain. And, in fact, more was better. People who used a combination of one or more of these therapies tended to experience even greater back pain relief compared with people who used just one. (Related: Discover what dangerous health condition may be ameliorated by massage.)
Ask Your Doc First
Whether your low back pain is mild or much more problematic, you'll want to check with your doctor before trying any new form of exercise or alternative therapy for back pain treatment. Depending on your situation, certain alternative treatments could aggravate things rather than provide relief. But it's worth asking, because more and more people are seeking -- and getting -- pain relief from complementary and alternative therapy.
Got an achy back? Here are two tricks you can try on your own:
- Use your mind. Discover how to harness the power of your mind to overcome the pain in your body.
- Chill out. Find out how reducing mental stress may help reduce back pain, too.
Inform yourself. Learn all you can about back pain with this online health guide.