Today was my first visit. I found the website via a tweet promoting their Love Cold Weather? giveaway. This is a fascinating website and I will be visiting regularly to see what’s new in pain innovations and different ways to treat my pain at home.
There’s minimal evidence that an alkaline diet improves low back pain. An alkaline diet involves eating foods that are less acidic. Foods that have grown in more acidic soils may have less calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
THE TAKEAWAY: Many people with poor postural alignment or asymmetry have zero pain while others with better alignment suffer from chronic pain. So, automatically blaming these factors is misguided since physical imperfections seem to be normal variations, not pathology. As Mark Comerford, author of Kinetic Control: The Management of Uncontrolled Movement puts it, “There’s a big difference between dysfunction and simply a variation on normal.”
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Pain: Hope Through Research. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Hope-Through-Research/Pain-Hope-Through-Research. June 9, 2017.
Noninfectious inflammation of the spine (spondylitis) can cause stiffness and pain in the spine that is particularly worse in the morning. Ankylosing spondylitis typically begins in adolescents and young adults.
An osteopath – the osteopathic approach also diagnoses by touching and a visual inspection. Osteopathy involves slow and rhythmic stretching (mobilization), pressure or indirect techniques and manipulations on joints and muscles.
If you’re in a job that involves a lot of heavy lifting or you’ve recently suffered from a back injury, back support and back braces can help maintain back strength or relieve the stress on your lower back. Elastic bands, rib belts and more can help you return to optimal working ability. Use them with knee pads and other ergonomic protection to help ensure that you’re properly taking care of your body.
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Home remedies for low back pain include cold pack and heat applications, topical analgesic balms, avoiding reinjury, eliminating heavy lifting, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), naproxen (Aleve), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Doris Keene (right) talks with her acupuncturist before a treatment at Portland’s Quest Center for Integrative Health. Keene says the treatments have eased her chronic back pain at least as effectively as the Vicodin and muscle relaxants she once relied on. Kristian Foden-Vencil/Oregon Public Broadcasting hide caption
^ Franklin, G. M. (29 September 2014). Opioids for chronic noncancer pain: A position paper of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 83 (14): 1277–1284. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000000839. PMID 25267983.
September 22, 2015 • Acupuncture and massage haven’t been proven to ease pain better than drugs — and may cost more. But Oregon hopes these sorts of alternatives to pills will reduce the societal costs of opioid abuse.
^ Manchikanti L, Glaser SE, Wolfer L, Derby R, Cohen (2009). Systematic review of lumbar discography as a diagnostic test for chronic low back pain. Pain Physician. 12 (3): 541–59. PMID 19461822. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013.
Bone and joint conditions: Bone and joint conditions that lead to low back pain include those existing from birth (congenital), those that result from wear and tear (degenerative) or injury, and those that are due to inflammation of the joints (arthritis).
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