Alexander Method How Effective?

In our last post on the Alexander Method we discussed the general idea behind the Alexander method. Today we will discuss the latest findings on a report based on the what the British Medical Association’s journal found. I quote: “On August 19, 2008, BMJ online, the British Medical Association’s journal, released the findings of Professor Paul Little and colleagues on the subject of the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons, massage and exercise in treating recurring back pain (BMJ 2008;337:a884). The study included 152 teachers and therapists and was set in 64 general practices located in both Southampton and Bristol, England. After following 579 patients for one year, the study concludes… Read More

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7 Steps To Choosing A Mattress For Back Pain

Shopping for a mattress to help relieve your back pain? Here are 8 tips to help you making a good choice. 1. Personal preference, everyone is different, there is no single mattress style or type that works for all people with low back pain. 2. How is the mattress constructed? Mmattresses vary in their number and type of coils. Mattress padding comes in many different thicknesses. 3. Does it support your back? It should provide support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine. This support helps you to avoid muscle soreness in the morning. One study found that medium-firm mattresses usually provide more back pain relief than firm… Read More

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Spine stimulation

Spine Stimulation With Electrical Shock Todays guest article discusses a new form of back pain therapy that involves electrical shok stimulations. It tells the story of Betty Jones who injured her back in a car accident 40 years ago, yet lives with unrelenting back pain every day. “I was in the hospital. Had therapy. But I never got rid of the pain,” said Jones. Instead of going the surgery route, she thought she would try spinal cord stimulation, a treatment that sends electricity up and down the spine to mask the pain. The device that is used has been nicknamed the “pacemaker for pain” is inserted through the epidural space… Read More

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Cupping For Back Pain Relief

Cupping? What is cupping and is it something you might want to try? Read about this newspaper writer who tried this ancient chinese remedy to heal sore backs that involve glass, fire and a bunch of round red blotch marks afterward. “Cupping – used to combat back pain, drain excess fluids and toxins, stimulate the nervous system and increase blood flow to the muscles – is only meant to be “mildly painful”. That, of course, depends upon what you class as mild. Dr Fei Wang, an acupuncturist who also practices cupping explained that the technique has been used for thousands of years in China. I is supposed to have beneficial… Read More

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When To Use Ice Or Heat For Back Pain

Question: When should I use ice or heat? Have you ever asked this question before? Notice what one chiropractor recommends: A: Ice! Only occasionally, you can use heat. Wh? Notice what he goes on to say: When your back pain flares-up, it is inflamed. The muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves will become irritated and swollen. This is the time that you use ice. Ice has anti-inflammatory effects, which reduce the local swelling. As the inflammation decreases, so will your pain. This is why anti-inflammatory medications are so popular and widespread. These are prescribed regularly on an ongoing basis for people for joint and muscle pain because inflammation is the first… Read More

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New Back Pain Surgery Cleared By FDA

If you have ever had to go under the “knife” or are contemplating it for dealing with your existing unrelenting back pain, then you may want to read this article. FLORIDA — Each year, 40-60% of American adults suffer from chronic back pain. Now, a new surgery is offering relief to many people with less pain, rehabilitation, and anxiety. Traditional surgery to treat back pain involves a large incision, a 3-4 hour surgery, and a long, painful recovery. new procedure called Axialif, which involves a less than 1 inch incision, less time under the knife, and a shorter, less painful recovery has been now cleared by the FDA for certain… Read More

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