New treatment guidelines suggest alternative therapies for back pain

By TNT Bureau

Mar 6, 2017: Alternative therapies are becoming popolar. Recently, the American College of Physicians urge medical professionals not to consider medication as a primary treatment for low back pain. The guidelines suggest to go for alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, superficial heat, mindfulness, yoga, and spinal manipulation.

Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the group’s board of regents and a practicing internist, said pain relievers over-the-counter and anti-inflammatories should not be the first choice. “We need to look at therapies that are nonpharmacological first,” he said.

The recommendations come as the US is facing the challenge of an epidemic of opioid addiction that begins with a simple prescription for ailments like back pain.

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An alternative therapy called chiropractic is a treatment done by hand. It is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system like neuro musculoskeletal complaints, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches.

The practitioners perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body to correct alignment problems, diminishing pain, improving functionality and supporting the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.

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Studies show that chiropractic physicians are both safe and effective. Chiropractic is used by amateur and professional athletes to prevent and treat injuries. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some experience mild soreness or aching.

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