Meds Best Pain Killers For Your Low Back?

The American College of Physicians’ “new guideline on lower back pain treatment is encouraging patients to try massage, yoga, exercise, acupuncture and other similar therapies before reaching for a pain killer. Being active and waiting it out might, in some cases, be all that’s needed for the pain to go away, according to the guideline. “Low back pain is associated with high costs, including those related to healthcare and indirect costs from missed work or reduced productivity,” researchers wrote in the guideline.”

“Patients with chronic lower back pain should first choose treatment involving exercise, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, biofeedback and other nonmedicine-based therapies.”

Try one or more of the following suggestions for treatment for your lower back pain.

1. Get aerobic exercise. This shouldn’t be the jarring and pounding of jogging on a treadmill or out on the pavement. Riding a bike or stationary cycle, swimming and even walking are low impact aerobic exercises that are beneficial in more ways than one.

2. Receive massage therapy. Massage is beneficial on more than one level. Getting your soft tissues kneaded and squeezed improves circulation and muscular function. But, there is something body workers refer to as therapeutic touch which many claim reduces pain, stress and anxiety that can contribute to complaints of general pain.

3. Stretch hamstrings twice daily. These muscles are extremely important to all our everyday movements. Tight hamstrings can lead to a stiff back and weak hamstrings can make the muscles in your back especially vulnerable to injury.
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