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Best Back Pain Treatments

Updated on September 7, 2014

Alleviate chronic back pain suffering now with back pain relief treatments that work

Chronic back pain can seriously disaffect quality of life and if left untreated can become worse over time. There are a large variety of treatments, products and solutions available today. As a sufferer from scoliosis I have tried many treatments and some have worked, some haven't. This guide provides only the solutions that I have personally tried and that actually worked. Don't allow yourself to live in pain everyday. There are simple and low cost solutions that can help relieve back pain immediately and effectively.

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Yoga

Yoga is my favorite activity in the entire world- no question. It has done more for my back pain than anything else. It also has the added benefits that it really helps reduce stress, increase flexibility, improve circulation (I used to have perpetually cold hands and feet until I started yoga), better balance and it truly makes me a happier person. It is the best thing I've ever done for myself. Plus since I have a curved spine I'm at risk of gradually becoming more and more disfigured with time. Yoga helps strengthen and stretch my back muscles which in turn will help maintain my posture and reduce disfigurement as I continue into old age. My first introduction to yoga was a class I took at a local community college. I highly recommend finding a good beginners yoga class if you've never practiced before. It's crucial to get good instruction so that you do the poses correctly. If you do poses incorrectly it can actually end up hurting your back. I now also take classes at my gym and practice at home but my first teacher was thorough in teaching me the basics.

The only thing you really need to get started with yoga is a nice quality yoga mat. It doesn't need to be expensive or flashy, only something that will keep you from sliding and will cushion you on the floor.

I used to believe that massages were a luxury; I've come to look at them as a necessity. While pregnant with my first child I figured I deserved some regular massages but didn't want to spend upwards of $100 every time. My solution was I joined a massage club with a 6 month contract. I planned on canceling once the 6 months were up. That was 4 years ago and I still haven't cancelled... It's an affordable way to get professional massages on a regular basis and it's made a huge difference in how I feel. I recently went for 2 months without having a massage (I usually get 1-2 per month) because I was too busy to think about it. It was amazing how poorly I started to feel and how much that first massage hurt since my muscles hadn't been worked out for so long. Even the therapist mentioned that I should never go that long again, though he is biased... But I did feel much better afterward so I know it's making a big difference. It's also a great stress relief and just an enjoyable experience. At home massages are nice too if you either have someone who will give them to you or you can get a good hand held massager.

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Massage Tools for Back Pain Relief

These at home massage tools can take a massage to the next level. Some will help you give yourself a massage and other products help others in your household give you a massage if you can wrangle someone to do so.

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Common causes of back pain include injury or pressure on nerve roots of the spinal cord. This can be caused by conditions such as fractures, osteoarthritis, a herniated disc or spinal deformities like scoliosis.

Some less common causes of back pain are: arthritis, spinal tumors or bacterial infection.

Stress can also play a major role in back pain. When a person is stressed they tend to tense their muscles which leads to pain. Therefore emotional conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and depression can directly affect pain in the back.

Memory Foam Mattress for back pain relief

Ok, so this is not one of the cheaper solutions but it will make a big difference. I'd heard good things but was hesitant to spend the money until my husband and I spent the night at a hotel that featured a memory foam mattress. After just two nights at the hotel we knew we had to have one. While I can't say it's completely cured my back pain there is no question it has reduced it and I notice a marked difference when I wake up. My husband also suffers from back pain so one purchase helped us both.

The way it works is it relieves pressure points which thereby improves overall sleep quality. It forms to your body which is not only comfortable; it's good for your back. It can relieve joint and muscle pain and you'll get better sleep not only because of the comfort but because it doesn't transfer much movement from your partner. It's one of the best purchases we've ever made.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses don't have to be expensive. The cheapest option is going with a simple mattress topper. The most luxurious is a Tempurpedic. Whatever works best for you and your budget it's sure to help reduce or even eliminate back problems.

Sleep Innovations Shiloh 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen
Sleep Innovations Shiloh 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen

Made in the USA this luxuriant mattress is made of premium foam and features a 20 year limited warranty.

 

At Home Acupuncture for back pain relief

I'll be honest and admit that I've never tried real acupuncture. I've been tempted but at the end of the day the idea of sticking needles through my skin freaks me out. I have heard of the benefits however so I decided to give this at home acupuncture mat a try. It's something you can do from home, at a decent one time price and no needles! I really like it and do think that it helps. It's too edgy for me without a shirt but with one on it really does improve back pain.

Tips to help prevent back pain

Use correct lifting methods when picking up heavy items

Get a good night sleep

Don't smoke (A significant association between smoking and back pain has been found in research studies)

Limit Stress

Maintain a healthy weight

Use good posture

Stretch your back often (flexibility in the back reduces the likelihood of injury)

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It's very important when choosing a Chiropractic Doctor that you find a good one. I had a poor experience when I was younger so I refused to go for many years. My sister finally bought me 3 sessions of spinal decompression and adjustments as a gift. I ended up not being able to use the spinal decompression's because I was pregnant at the time but I did get my 3 adjustments. I couldn't believe what a difference it made it my back and in particular neck pain. As much as I love regular massages this helped much more than anything else I had ever tried. I went for about 5 months without another adjustment and was virtually pain free during that time. Before that I hadn't gone longer than a day without pain. I now go periodically to maintain my back and sometimes if my back is really bad I need several sessions close together. However it really works in solving my issues.

Chiropractic care focuses on realigning the bone in the body particularly the spine. Doctors can determine and remove blocks to the central nervous system. Optimizing the nervous systems helps the body to function better overall. An x-ray will often be used to diagnosis and then the Chiropractic Doctor will use either his hands or instruments to make adjustments to your bones.

Chiropractic care reduces or even gets rid of back pain. It also has some lesser known benefits which include: Increased immunity and resistance to illnesses, can relieve eczema symptoms, eases painful menstrual cycles, can help improve hypothyroidism, and is even thought to help with fertility issues.

Video on Proper Lifting Techniques - Prevent Back Injuries by Lifting Objects Correctly

Proper lifting can do a lot to prevent back pain from ever starting. Back pain is often a result of picking up a heavy item incorrectly. Watch this video to see how to lift in such a away to prevent back injury.

Honorable Mentions for Back Pain Relief - This back pain devices may seem strange but they do help

Spine-Worx Back Realignment Device
Spine-Worx Back Realignment Device

This device designed by a chiropractor encourages the vertebrae in the spine to realign into their natural positions. This improves mobility and reduces back pain. I find it's a little uncomfortable at first but as I relax, it starts to feel pretty good. I typically will support my neck and use the Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer and this product simultaneously.

 
Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer
Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer

This tool helps to relax the neck and restore the proper curve in the neck. When my neck hurts this helps a lot.

 

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What do you find to be most effective to relieve back pain?

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this informative lens.

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      SmartYoga 3 years ago

      Very helpful, thank you! Half saddle pose fixes my lower back every time! It also makes my thighs look slimmer:-)

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      ann-mathon 3 years ago

      Great tips, thanks! For me it's yoga, and back bends in particular. It's quite magic!

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      nickylv 4 years ago

      Great information and tips, Thanks

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for the info and tips on back pain relief.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Physical activity - whatever my back will allow, as much as possible. Willow bark herbal supplement, better than aspiring or naproxen sodium. Ice pack when it hurts like crazy.

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      pbrandon65 4 years ago

      Good lens with helpful tips. I started using an inversion table a couple of years ago and it definitely made a difference to me.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      These are awesome suggestions.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I think proper exercise and also a good mattress are my favorite treatments.

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      GuyB LM 4 years ago

      I love it when I see people grab their back and wince in pain. It's such a classic move. Here's a tip passed down in my family for back pain relief. Take a ripe watermelon and roll your back on it until you either feel better or you crush the watermelon. Worst case scenario, you are enjoying a delicious fruit to help ease your pain. Best case scenario, that old watermelon just gave you back your life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice suggestions! Well, Back pain can be a pain in the back! ;))

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      an informative lens. thanks for sharing valuable suggestions.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Ibuprofen at the first sign of a little pain. Sometimes laying flat on the floor with my back pressed against it. Nice lens I am sure it will help a lot of people.

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      flowski lm 4 years ago

      I have a memory foam matress topper and it helped wonders for my back. Also a nice neck support pillow helps me.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Resting! But I believe strong core muscles can be of big help in prevention. You don't necessary need six packs, but stronger you are, better support your spine will have.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A good stretch or a walk usually helps. For me it's often stress related and I just need to get out and relax a bit.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      stretching and heat, exercises for strengthening the muscles also helped

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Stretching, massage, heat, tai chi, a first mattress, strengthening core muscles, and losing weight have all been most useful for me in my 25+ year battle against recurrent sciatica.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I do Pilates, stretching and dance while focusing on my back to relieve the pain or pressure. Then, I got this incredible pillow called Phiten's Aqua-Titanium Pillow, which is shaped to provide stable head and neck support for back sleepers. Additionally, the memory foam further molds itself to the contours of your head and neck for a custom fit, promoting sound sleep. I CANNOT sleep without it :). My dear, you did it again, great job on this amazing lens! BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you! Muah!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I think a good mattress and stretching is really important. Back pain can really prevent you from a lot of activities so it's better to prevent it if possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I stretch every day and that definitely helps. Wearing properly designed and constructed shoes also makes a difference.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing. My mother broke the tip of her coccyx when she was a teenager. As a result she lived with chronic pain all her life. In those days they were reluctant to operate as it was likely to worsen and even paralyse the patient. I can't imagine what she went through. She ended up with a curvature of the spine because of it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Once you have older, such problems will follow, sometimes it is a posture problem. This is very useful information, thanks for sharing. :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I don't have a favorite, but these are good tips.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A hot water massage, ayurvedic oil massage and yoga brings a lot of relief. Sometimes pain killers are unavoidable, however; with correct sleeping and seating postures, the back pain can be improved.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      My husband gives me a spinal adjustment when I get tight in the back and sciatica pain flares up. It helps!

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      OrganicMom247 4 years ago

      These are great tips, very helpful indeed.

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Very good ideas and selection of treatment options for back pain management.You have delivered another high quality lens. :-)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I just have back pain periodically, and I find that those Thermacare heat wraps do wonders!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Manual therapy helped a lot. they say that Russians and Czechs are really good in that. My doctor was Russian and he healed my back and my arm at the same time:).

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      These are really helpful tips.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @sheriangell: Thank you for the tip and for the blessing!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I have sciatica and have found that regular activity, especially walking keeps it under control. Angel blessed today!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @RippinT: That's a smart idea!

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      RippinT 5 years ago

      Great lens. Most people who work on computer experience back pains. I stretch before I start work to prevent back pains.

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      RippinT 5 years ago

      @tobydavis: I really want to try that one of these days. Stretching three times a day works well for me =)

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Used to get a lot of back pain from sitting, working at a computer all day.... once I switched to working standing up, the back pain went :-)

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Good lens. I think tall people have more chances of back pain, is it right ?

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @SimonJay: That's thoughtful of you to look out for her. It hope it help her!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @iamraincrystal: I hope it helps:)

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      SimonJay 5 years ago

      my mum gets also of back pains thx for this lens will be sharing

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Very helpful tips you've shared here. It will help me lessen back pain. ^_^

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @jonijones: Good job! You're welcome:)

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      jonijones 5 years ago

      I got 100% on your Test.Thanks for the info

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @RestlessKnights: You won't regret it!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @alidabdul: You really should try some of these tips. They're all things that have truly helped me. I hope you find some relief soon!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Thanks for the good tips. I am now determined to buy a memory foam mattress!

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      alidabdul 5 years ago

      I have scoliosis 45 degree and doctor said I need to get surgery but the cost is killing me. I'm dying every time I wake up from bed, this pain is killing me :(

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Helpful information.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This was very helpful.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I am getting older, and bad backs run in my family. I'll need to apply these tips. Great lense!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @huvalbd: Thank you for the tips. I'd never heard you should do an adjustment after acupuncture. I'm going to have to try that:) I'd try anything to help reduce back pain.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @jeromeyoung: I'm glad it was helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @imjens: I will post some tips for proper workouts too. Great recommendation!

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      huvalbd 5 years ago

      I have a problem in my neck that impinges on a nerve. Acupuncture does more good for it than anything else but the practitioner has to be skilled. If you also get chiropractic adjustments, that should be immediately after acupuncture. The combination is magically powerful. For maintenance I take feverfew and turmeric daily. That has been more effective to dampen inflammation than ibuprofen, without tearing up my stomach. Those take time to work--3 days for feverfew, 2 months to begin to notice turmeric is helping and 6 months to reach full effect. As a side benefit, studies have found turmeric reduces the chance of heart attack or stroke. I am sorry you have back pain--I hope these tidbits help.

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      jeromeyoung 5 years ago

      I am a freelancer and most of the time I just sit in front of my laptop working and over time I can feel some pain from my back. The information you shared here is indeed useful for me. Thanks!

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      jennyb85 5 years ago

      A good chiropractor can work wonders. Recently I've had excruciating lower back pain when trying to sit up after lying on my back even for just a few minutes, and a trip to my chiro totally helped alleviate that. Let me know if you want his name since he's in the Phoenix area too, I would highly recommend him! He even came in on a Saturday morning once when I threw my back out. I'm also a big proponent of massages...I have an hour and a half one booked for Friday in fact! I desperately need it. I used to be afraid to get a deep tissue massage because I thought it'd be too painful, but now I like it way better than a regular massage because I've found it to be much more therapeutic and beneficial. I'll have to try some of the products you suggested. Great lens!

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      imjens 5 years ago

      I actually have back pain sometimes, and training almost everyday is therefore quite heavy pains. It even hurts to do sit-ups(!) got any tips for proper workouts too?

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      ussiandiram 5 years ago

      i join yoga class

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Good suggestions. My partner has chronic back pain from a car injury and has used all of these.

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Great tips..thanks for sharing

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Great tips..thanks for sharing

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience with back pain relief!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I hurt my back once when I was teaching aerobics and was on crutches for a couple of weeks. I was shocked to learn that 80% of people will experience back pain. Those are some scary odds! Thanks for so many practical solutions.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much for your blessing and your valuable feedback. I will definitely be implementing your advice!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Good advice. I'm actually scheduled to meet with a physical therapist this month who says she has some exercises that may help me as well..

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent blending of product reviews with personal story - it kept my attention and I read every word. I liked your quiz. Add the bookmarking widget to this lens so that others can spread the good news around easier - and as you add content I would like to see more about back anatomy and physiology and the causes of back pain.(Like smoking - which I think people don't know.) Maybe a youtube video on proper lifting or something. Nonetheless - like I said I read every word and clicked out to your products - definitely Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      i like this lens very much,it is so helpful

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Back pain can be uncomfortable and a nuisance when doing daily activities. Thanks for sharing these treatments.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      My mum suffers from back pain and she applies deep heat lineament

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i know someone who has back pains and it is really uncomfortable.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Back pain and foot pain seem to be the plagues of the modern world. I have a memory foam mattress and do plenty of stretching but old age and young-age injuries are catching up with me. Watch I really love is a good whirlpool bath to ease an aching back!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: I have heard really good things about chiro's too. I did try one many years ago and had a bad experience and I haven't tried one since. With such a high recommendation from you I may have to reconsider and give it a try. Anything to get rid of back pain!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My mother has a memory foam mattress -- and you're right: they are SWEET! To be honest, I like my chiropractor. I have a disc out in my lower back and after going to the chiro, I also learned that my spine in the neck area is slowly starting to curve forward. The good thing is there might be enough time to work the spine into gathering momentum to start curving backwards. Anyway, I never would have put money on chiropractic treatments, but when you find the right one, it's amazing how much they can do for you. I now swear by my chiro. One thing I would like to point out though is that different chiropractors approach their profession using different methods. I wish I could remember the method mine uses, but I can't remember at this point. Point is, for anyone interested, research your chiros and ask questions; chiros can honestly help align your back and delay surgery, should that be one's particular situation. Gosh knows, I had times I couldn't walk.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      real Acupuncture is fantastic and you really don't mind the needles Very nice lens

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      flm_online 5 years ago

      Very well done. I am buying that accupunture mat. I have had real accupunture and you should give it a try. The needles aren't that big. In between sessions this mat looks likje a good tune up fro me

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike