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Many Back Pain Treatments Are Ineffective and Unnecessary, and Here’s Why...

Back Pain

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  • Most cases of back pain are a result of mechanical problems, such as poor posture or improper movement that are best prevented and managed by regular exercise and strengthening your back and abdominal muscles
  • Well-established guidelines for the treatment of back pain require very conservative management ; in most cases, no more than aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) and physical therapy
  • Recent research shows that many doctors do not follow these guidelines. Over the past decade, use of Tylenol and NSAID’s declined by about 50 percent, while prescriptions for opiates rose by more than 50 percent
  • One of the most effective strategies to prevent or address back pain is posture training like Foundation Training or Esther Gokhale.
  • Other alternatives include chiropractic and osteopathic adjustments, Neuro-structural integration technique (NST), non-exercise activities, and yoga

By Dr. Mercola

An estimated 80 percent of Americans will suffer from chronic back pain at some point in life. Nearly 30 percent may be struggling with persistent or chronic back pain right now, leading many to resort to prescription painkillers, expensive steroid shots or even surgery.

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