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Treatments For Back Pain: How do I Treat Back Pain

Updated on December 10, 2015
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Best Known Treatments for Back Pain

The causes of back pain range from temporary and minor to severe and chronic. This article discusses the best known treatments for helping, remedying or curing this unpleasant but common condition.

If you have ever suffered from back pain, or if you are currently suffering from this condition, you know what a difficult and painful malady this can be. The good news is that help is available. Whether its upper back pain, lower back pain, sciatica nerve problems or any other -- this type of pain can be excruciating at worst and detract from your quality of life at best.

There are a multitude of approaches to treating, remedying and curing back pain. This lens discusses the better known therapeutic approaches.

Various treatments are available - some are recognized by western medicine. Others are alternative approaches to health care.

The best one for you will depend upon your individual situation. Some of the back pain cures and remedies listed below are more effective for certain conditions and less so for other conditions.

Muscle Pain
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Physiotherapy for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Increase Muscular Strength, Balance and Stability.

Most medical professionals recognize and advocate physiotherapy for the treatment of back pain and neck pain. However, the approach to physiotherapy differs considerably among physiotherapists. A professional whose approach works well for one person may prove ineffective with another.

In most cases, physiotherapy consists of a number of exercises that are designed to increase muscular strength, balance and stability.

Typically, physiotherapy practitioners do not manipulate the back, as do chiropractors. However, from time to time, a physiotherapist may perform this treatment if he or she deems it appropriate.

Physiotherapists may also recommend the use of various traction devices.

Your physician - a specialist or family doctor - may refer you to a physiotherapist. In some locations, physiotherapists may accept self referrals.

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Chiropractor Working on a Patient
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Chiropractic Treatment Providing Relief for Back Pain

Offering Relief to Many

Depending on where you live, chiropractic treatment may or may not be considered a viable treatment for back pain. In some areas of the world, it is almost routine for middle aged and senior persons to visit a chiropractor. In other countries, chiropractic is extremely controversial and is viewed as alternative medicine. The members of the chiropractic profession resist the “alternative” label, stating that they offer a legitimate medical treatment.

A chiropractic treatment utilizes manipulation of the back and musculoskeletal structures. (Musculoskeletal is a term meaning, “Relating to or involving the muscles and the skeleton”.) Many people mistakenly believe that the manipulation is performed to address tension or locking. In fact, manipulation is rooted in philosophies around self-healing and spiritualism.

Experiences differ among those who seek chiropractic treatment for relief of back pain. Some patients experience fast and long lasting relief. Others complain that the relief is small and does not last long. They find they need to return for many repeat sessions, which can be a financial hardship.

Drugs as a Treatment for Back Pain

Best Viewed as a Temporary Aid

Pharmaceutical drugs and medications are typically the treatment of choice for back pain. However, medication is advised only for severe back pain, and as a temporary treatment.

Drugs typically used to provide relief to severe back pain may be purchased over the counter, or by prescription if a larger dosage is required. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs(acetaminophen and ibuprofen) are widely known examples.

Drugs are not recommended for Individuals who suffer from long term or chronic back pain.

The drug categories discussed earlier do not have addictive qualities. However, chronic back pain would require much stronger drugs that are addictive. These stronger drugs are usually prescribed only as a temporary measure while other remedies are being explored.

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Acupuncture Treatments for Back Pain

An Ancient Technique Stands Up to Scientific Testing

Acupuncture is rooted in Chinese medicine. It has been around for thousands of years in one form or another.

Acupuncturists place thin needles on energy paths known as meridians. The meridians move along the human body and carry an ongoing supply of energy, which Easterners call "chi."

This approach is obviously not in sync with western medicine. Nevertheless, scientific and medically based tests and trials prove it is extremely effective for pain relief and other conditions.

In some locations, the cost of acupuncture may be paid for by a health service or included in medical insurance.

Meridian Tapping for Pain Management

Meridian tapping is a relatively new approach to pain management for back pain or other types of pain. In some cases, it has proven effective as a therapeutic approach as well as a pain management tool.

Meridian tapping involves tapping the fingers lightly on various energy points in the body. It is derived from Eastern medicine and utilizes the same energy systems as we find in acupuncture and similar modalities.
Meridian tapping is similar to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), as developed by Gary Craig. Both are excellent tools to add to the arsenal.

Please refer to the video below for a demonstration of tapping for pain relief.

Video Demo: Tapping for Pain

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I found osteopathy, physiotherapy and flexibility exercises the best for my sciatic (on and off for the last 20 years or so). The few times I had a chiropractic treatment, the chiro ripped the muscles, making the problem worse. Although, that could have just been this particular chiro. TCM / Acupuncture had no effect, but many have found them good.

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      fastbackpainrel 5 years ago

      Never tried acupuncture, but curious as to how it works. It really doesn't look like it would work, but then again, I wouldn't have expected the chiropractor to have the effect that it did, until I experienced it!

      I had sciatica problems caused by a subluxation of my spine. The chiropractor has sorted this out for me, and the stretching and exercises have prevent any further occurrances it seems.

      To find out how I did it, see the causes the therapies, the stretching, and exercises at

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this interesting lens about treatment for back pains. This is indeed very helpful. pinnacle metal toxicity

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      E² Acupuncture Science Since 2600BC

      Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cured by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

      For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer's time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.

      Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called âDE Qi/Chiâ (Arrival of OxyâBlood---needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced and bodyâs immune system has strengthens, else diseases canât be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

      Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no âAcupoints(???)â can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

      Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins, inflammation, etc, ..) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a marvelous 4,610+ years old, micro surgical tool, etc, .

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      Since 2005 E² Acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem acupuncture science. which has scientific proven, formulated, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated. Treatment uses single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper âAcupoints(??)â and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments. No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patients can comfortably having a cup of tea/coffee.

      Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(äºè¡), Five Changes(äºå) and Five Shu/Transports(äºè¾/é) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

      I have my Plantar fasciitis cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last cured was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back. (E²/EE: Eliminates Excessive Yins/-Toxin/Electrons)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: I would not disagree with that. Personally, I use energy healing in various forms as my first approach to any condition.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I prefer acupuncture rather than drugs or any alternatives. It's safer and zen-like.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Very true. I personally would start with EFT (emotional freedom techniques) and move on to other alternative approaches. Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Acupuncture, medications, traditional massages are other alternatives of relieving oneself of back pains. Instead of getting a surgery to get rid of the pains.

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      varshahk 6 years ago

      sounds like a pinched nerve to me...I suggest you lay off until the pain doesn't help to push through the pain when it is acute pain...just work body parts that causes no pain, or maybe just run or whatever...but just give it some rest...

      back pain treatment

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Distressing information about Fosamax. That's a good reason to support natural and alternative treatments.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chiropractic treatment and acupuncture are now earning gaining popularity in this field. I am hopeful that more alternative treatment will be discovered for osteoporosis especially for those who are contraindicated with Fosamax. Some of the longstanding users of the drug have succumb to a thigh bone fracture. Many injured patients have filed a Fosamax Lawsuit against Merck because the company allegedly failed to disclose the risk.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for commenting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      such a nice blog on physiotherapy and this can be very helpful and you can relieve your pain by using Physiotherapy Rhodes.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ChrisDay LM: Yes, I believe that natural solutions should be the first approach to most problems. Thanks for visiting

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great - this should help a lot of folk! These methods get at the problem instead of just masking the pain (with side-effects), like drugs do.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello nightcats,

      I had a wonderful time reading your lens here. There is so much information about treating back pain.

      Thanks for sharing,

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