Whether it be . . .
- Lower back pain
- The debilitating pain of Arthritis
- Neck pain
- Shoulder or Frozen Shoulder
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Or that constant pain that just nags day in and day out
The answer may be with Complementary Medicine.
Complementary Medicine in Australia is a fast growing industry with a recent study showing that over a 12-month period, 68.9% of Australians used an alternative medical practitioner. (9)
A study by Asia Pacific Public Health revealed that one in four Australians are experiencing back pain right now.
Out of these, 80% are experiencing employment restriction because of their back pain. (1)
Many people suffer from back pain and it can greatly affect our daily life.
From work restrictions to not being able to play with your child or children or grandchildren in the back yard, it can be a debilitating condition.
However, you are not alone!
Is There Help for Back Pain Sufferers?
The good news is that there are now many treatments that aim to ease the discomfort of back pain. Particularly now, alternative treatments are making their way into the lives of many back pain sufferers and don’t involve having a painful operation.
The Alternative or Complementary Way
There are many alternative treatments and medications that can help lessen the effects or the feelings of discomfort created by back pain. Here are a few examples of alternative treatments that may help you:
1. Acupuncture – A recent Australian report says for Pain relief: “Acupuncture can be an equivalent to pain-killing drugs, a hospital trial has found.” – Read more here
Acupuncture works on a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses on the prevention as well as reducing the symptoms.
When qi (energy) in your body becomes blocked, the body fails to maintain harmony and disease and illness can follow.
Acupuncture will work to unblock and release the flow of qi so your body can return to harmony and good health.
To do this, the practitioner will insert very fine needles into acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture is particularly effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions including back pain. Wayne Pickstone is qualified in Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture. Why not call our Centre today to book an acupuncture appointment?
Another study conducted by the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that after 8 weeks, 60% of patients who received acupuncture treatment for back pain reported a significant improvement in their ability to function. For many, the benefits lasted for a year. (3)
2. Anti-inflammatory Herbs: Inflammation within the body is thought to play a role in the development of pain and disease. Some herbs have been shown to diminish pain when used regularly by preventing inflammation from occurring. Some examples are:
- White Willow Bark: once in the body, converts to sacylic acid, which reduces inflammation.
- Boswellia: has been shown to prevent chemical reactions involved in inflammation processes.
- Devils Claw: contains chemicals that decrease inflammation and swelling
- Ginger: contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which help to reduce pain and increase mobility.
Keep in mind that the use of anti-inflammatory herbs will help to ease your pain, however they won’t cure the condition itself. Addressing the cause of the pain is essential in achieving long-term results and this is why it is best to see a qualified Naturopath who can lead you in the right direction when it comes to taking herbs.
A study published in the journal Arthritis, compared ginger to common pain relief drugs such as ibuprofen and cortisone and showed that ginger was much more effective in treating pain with the added advantage of having no side effects that most medications have. (7)
3. SRP: An SRP machine is an energetic medical device that is entirely non-invasive. The SRP device, a hand held instrument, stimulates the surface of the skin with electric impulses based on patterns of your natural nervous impulses.
This stimulation of the nervous system restores and regulates conductivity in the affected organs and tissues.
This results in improved blood flow and lymph circulation, enhanced nutrition in tissues and has an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to reduce pain.
Evidence has shown how the SRP machine has helped a 10-year-old girl with severe scoliosis.
Her condition was so bad, doctors were planning to operate to save her life as her vertebrae were crushing her organs. After 8 weeks of SRP treatment, her energy improved. After 9 months an x-ray showed – see picture above – a completely straight spine! (8)
Come in today and talk to our lovely team about how the SRP machine may help you and your condition!
4. Magnesium – Magnesium is an essential mineral for the body, being involved in over 300 biochemical reactions.
It is vital in maintaining normal muscles and nerve function and preserves the strength of our bones.
Magnesium deficiency can lead to muscle weakness, headaches and chronic pain.
The body doesn’t produce magnesium on its own so we need to absorb the necessary amount from the foods we eat.
Another way to introduce more magnesium into our bodies and to help reduce chronic pain is to take supplements and to apply magnesium oil or cream. It is applied over the skin to the area where pain is being felt. The magnesium is absorbed into the skin and known to provide immediate relief of muscle pain.
Did you know???…The top 9 foods that contain magnesium are: dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, lentils, avocados, dairy, bananas and dried fruit. SO stock up! (6)
There are many different treatments you could try to help reduce your back pain and improve your quality of life. Come in and talk to the friendly team at Unique Health and Wellness and see what wonderful things we can do for you!
Our friendly and professional Team can help you to start reversing your ill health and restore youthful wellbeing and vitality once again.
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