For a multitude of back-pain sufferers, the proverbial sword hanging over their heads is a surgeon’s scalpel. Granted, there are frequent occasions when the agony is so overwhelming any treatment, no matter how drastic, would be welcomed without questions.
However, there are many patients who, having endured an operation in hopes of relief, find their problems not only unquelled, but in many cases, magnified.
Yet there are a few options that do not involve going under the knife and actually bring healing and management of the causative conditions for the future.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) has been around for a few decades. It makes use of electronic impulses (the intensity of which can be managed by the patient) from a small hand-held unit via electrodes attached to the skin.
By increasing the voltage output, the unit gives a weak-to-fairly strong “buzz” sensation that stimulates the nerves as well as blood circulation to the area. The method works, but relief is temporary.
Acupuncture (and its “cousin”, acupressure) has been used by the Chinese for millenia and is now being seen in the West as a good method of not only pain relief, but of promoting healing for back ailments.
The nerves are stimulated by needles to unblock energy to both mend damage and take away suffering. Repeat treatments are often necessary but back patients are frequently more able to move freely and have relaxed back muscles following sessions.
Chiropractic medicine is considered, by the majority of people, to be strictly “for bad backs”; actually, it is effective for a wide range of conditions.
However, the adjustment of the spine to enable patients to resume activities and avoid future problems, pain-free, is the goal in most cases.
Amazingly, no matter how bad the pain and disability are, many chiropractic patients report success in restoration of movement, range and painlessness in a short time.
For some people even a combination of the above methods, and yet others (for example, biofeedback, herbal pain-relievers, massage therapy) may be needed. After all, each spine, each patient, is unique and the needs and stresses on them are as well.
The various alternative medicine techniques available today can be used to heal the great number of those who agonize with movement and, for whatever reason, wish to avoid surgery.