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GP’s used to prescribe bed rest for acute back pain but now we know that was the worst advice they could have given us.

Bed rest alone can actually make your back pain worse. It can also lead to weakened muscles then more pain.

What they now say is that you should rest for a short period, 1 -2 days, applying ice for the first couple of days then heats pads to loosen the tight muscles. Take over the counter pain medications and stay as active as possible. If it is essential you need bed rest then make sure you walk around every couple of hours. Why?, because movement can help to speed up healing.

Complementary and Alternative medicine can help treat low back pain with the most popular ones being chiropractic, physical therapy, yoga and massage.

In fact, in a recent US study on chronic pain, they found that one weekly massage over a 10 week period improved pain and functioning. These benefits lasted for around six months then dwindled after one year.

Fewer than 2% of people with back pain have a herniated disc or slipped disc ( bulging disc which presses on nerves).

You should always see your GP if you have any numbness or tingling or fever or weakness, trouble urinating or weigh loss when not on a diet.



  1. Kratom is the common name for mitragyna speciosa, and this tree belongs to the rubiaceae genus. Kratom has been popularly well regarded for its psychoactive characteristics, especially in places like Thailand and Malaysia. It does come in with loads of advantageous but gets a controversial result especially in one topic that is drug addiction. People prefer using this plant because it helps in alleviating effects of pain. People tend to over indulge in this drug hence eventually get addicted to it to escape from pain and boredom. Undoubtedly Kratom does have loads of wonderful usages no matter what your goal is.

    Source : Findrxonline.net


    • Yes, certainly different to the way it was some twenty years ago when I had my first spinal surgery. You were in hospital for up to 10 days and it was a long, slow and very painful recovery.


  2. Several studies have looked at the best treatment for back pain. On of the first was the Meade trial in 1990 which showed that chiropractic was 70% more effective than conventional medical care. These results have been repeated over the years and now include manipulation in general.
    The Beam trial in 2005 showed that exercise is good, manipulation is better, manipulation and exercise is best.
    BMJ. 2004 Dec 11;329(7479):1377. Epub 2004 Nov 19.
    United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care.


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