Back pain is perhaps the most common type of pain that people experience. Although there are many available treatments out there, most only provide temporary relief. Sooner or later, the pain shoots back up and the patient is left in a great deal of discomfort again, and right back into seeking better solutions.
Low Back Pain is Especially Common
New Zealanders know all too well what it’s like to live with back pain, most especially lower back pain. In fact, as much as 24 percent of the population have reported experiencing back pain at some point in their lives. There are cases when this type of pain would go away after a few days, or weeks sometimes. For others, however, the pain is chronic and would last for months or years. When this happens, the condition becomes relatively hard to diagnose and treat. Because of this, many suffer, not only from their physical pain but also financially when the pain is so severe that they lose the ability to work for a living.
Combining Common Treatments Works Better in Addressing Back Pain
On their own the types of treatment available may not prove to be as effective as you would hope them to be. Massage therapy can deliver relief, especially immediately after the session. On the other hand, ultrasound may increase blood flow and promote tissue healing at the affected area. Meanwhile, the current used in electrical stimulations may affect muscle strength and can provide back pain relief.
To properly address back pains, however, you need to focus on the root cause of the problem. That requires careful diagnosis and the crafting of an individualized treatment program that usually combines different modes of treatment including massages, ultrasonic treatments, and electrical stimulation among others. But when even these don’t provide sufficient relief, then a physio may recommend adding a more potent form of non-invasive and non-drug treatment into the mix like manipulative therapy.
Manipulative Therapy Treats Back Pain from Within
Manipulative or manual therapy, works to bring pain relief by healing the patient from inside out. This is because the pain that you feel is often caused by muscle imbalance, which has gradually caused your spine to be out of alignment. When this happens, your spine gets forced into an abnormal curvature, causing significant pain.
In manipulative therapy, the physiotherapist will begin your treatment by assessing the underlying cause of your back pain. In some cases, the physio can do this by simply observing your posture. From there, they will then proceed to identify the muscle imbalances in your body as well as its trigger points. After that, they will focus on eliminating your back pain for good. In some cases, such treatment would involve the use of orthotics or devices such as braces and splints that work to correct any misalignment in certain parts of the body.
If you have long been suffering from back pain and every treatment option you have explored has miserably failed, perhaps it’s time for you to consider trying manual therapy. The important thing is not to lose hope. Your back pain can be gone for good if your chosen treatment method aims to address the real cause of pain.
Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain, nccih.nih.gov
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), spine-health.com
Causes of back pain, nhs.uk