Back Pain Therapy…Back pain is a pain in the neck err, back. Both literally and figuratively. It could disrupt your life, your work, routine, daily activities and even recreation. Fortunately for most people, episodes of back pain tend to get better within two weeks to two months.
This is called the healing period when your body strives to recover from the recent strain it has put up with. It is also at this precise point where you need appropriate back pain therapy.The purpose of conservative treatment options, such as back pain therapy, include…
* Decrease muscle spasms
* Reduce pain* Condition the back
* Assist in managing issues that are usually associated with back pain (e.g., sleeplessness or depression.)
There are two kinds of back pain therapy that an affected person may undergo. But for purposes of this article, our focus would be on physical back pain therapy as this type is more easily done by the individual or with some help from friends or family. The other form of back pain therapy is chiropractic or osteopathic which requires assistance from a healthcare professional.
On the other hand, physical back pain therapy is further divided into two classes passive physical therapy (involving modalities) and active (exercises for back pain).Passive Physical Back Pain Therapy…This class of physical back pain therapy is called passive because it is done to the patient, as opposed to the patient taking an active role in his healing. The therapy requires the use of several modalities.
* Heat/Ice Packs These are the most commonly used type of modality used in passive physical back pain therapy. The degree of relief may depend on several factors. Some patients find that heat packs work better at reducing back pain while others consider ice packs as more effective. Either of the two may be used and may be alternated.
* Iontophoresis This involves the application of steroids to the skin. Electrical current is added to cause the steroid to migrate under the skin where it has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus providing relief for the patient.
* TENS Units Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) unit applies electrical stimulation to the back in order to modulate pain. The stimulation overrides the painful signals that are sent to the brain.
* Ultrasound A form of deep heating, this passive physical back pain therapy applies sound waves to the skin where they penetrate into the soft tissues. This method can relieve acute pain and may even speed up muscle healing.
Active Physical Back Pain Therapy…In addition to using modalities, active physical back pain therapy is also important in order to condition the body and rehabilitate the spine. Patient should pay particular attention to the shoulders, back, hips, and legs when performing exercises. Before you do any exercise program, it is recommended that you perform some warm up or stretching exercises first.
If you have back pain, you are not alone. Back pain the one of the most common neurological complaint that physicians diagnose in the United States, next to headache. So its no cause to fret if you have one. And no, most back pain is not always associated with age (though age DOES have an effect on back pain), instead it is the lack of physical activity and deficiency in liquid intake.
Defining the pain is important in order to control it. And for purposes of our definition, we categorize back pain into three categories. We have the Acute Back Pain, Chronic Back Pain, and the Neuropathic Back Pain. Acute back pain is a common type of pain that is directly related to a damage tissue.
It is experienced immediately, characterized by sharp, biting pain of a damaged tissue. It is generally accepted that acute back pain lasts less than 3 months if left untreated. If the pain persists longer after it has been healed or treated then it falls now under the classification of chronic back pain.
Chronic back pain falls into two sub categories… pain with an identifiable pain generator and pain without an identifiable pain generator. The former obviously has a cause, such as… degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and other spinal structure problems due to injury. The latter is more a disease rather than a symptom of an injury. And for purposes
As long as you have no serious physical injury or occurring illness, chronic back pain relief is very achievable. Its all in the problem approach. First thing is identifying the problem. Was it just stress or a serious defunct? Dont be hasty in dismissing it as stress. Look for other telltale signs.
Are you having fever? Are other parts of your body hurting? If so, then look for other signs. Common culprits are appendicitis, hepatitis and gastrointestinal complications. Next is identifying the pain type. Is it muscular or structural? Structural poses a difficult situation, you may have herniated discs. If muscular, ripped muscle is common but usually harmless cause.
Doing Tai Chi is one effective chronic back pain relief. It promotes good posture and the meditation improves your ability to withstand the pain. If done regularly, these exercises would equate doing a good aerobic exercise with also eases bad backs.
Bending exercises also helps in chronic back pain relief though somewhat lesser in efficiency.Alternately, you could purchase a back pain machine. The TENS machine is surprisingly an effective chronic back pain relief and it is handy, portable, and quite cheap.
In a word, I would suggest using a TENS machine for immediate chronic back pain relief and Tai Chi for the long lasting prevention for back pain.