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DIFFERENT TYPES OF INJECTIONS FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF – WHICH ONE HAVE YOU TRIED?…

I have previously written about a number of different types of injections for back pain relief from trigger points to epidurals, all of which I have tried. Some other types which I have not tried are an injection that dissolves a herniated disc, an ozone injection and recently an a lactic acid jab is the latest technique to ease back pain.

The Mayo Clinic wrote that Chymopapain is injected directly into a herniated (“slipped”) disk in the spine to dissolve part of the disk and relieve the pain and other problems caused by the disk pressing on a nerve. It seems quite widely available in the US but I cannot find it being used in the UK.

According to the Daily Mail, Good Health section, the injection uses a drug produced from bacteria which then digests the tissue that’s ruptured out of the disc. The tissue then shrinks so it no longer compresses the nerves.

Researchers say that the jab might even be as good as surgery, and Arthritis Research UK said that ‘if it works, an injection to dissolve a herniated disc in order to reduce pain is a good idea’.

The injection is put into the centre of the soft disc material under general anaesthetic which then dissolves the main compounds found in the inner disc. In a trial in Japan, patients had significant improvement in leg pain after three months.

According to the Pro Health Clinic who offer Ozone injections Medical Ozone injection therapy has built a reputation for achieving results when all other treatments have failed. The treatment is used to relieve pain, repair, strengthen and regenerate the following structures: joints, cartilage, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and bursa.

The treatment was named ‘Prolozone Therapy’ because it involves the injection of medical ozone and nutrients to proliferate cells in a weak or damaged region of the body. To proliferate cells means to multiply and increase the number of them.

Prolozone Therapy proliferates chondrocyte and collagen cells. Cartilage is formed mainly of chondrocytes. Spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and bursa are formed mainly of collagen. The treatment increases the number of these cells through activating chondroblasts and fibroblasts, which are the pre-curser building blocks to chondrocytes and collagen.

Medical Ozone injection therapy has the ability to provide complete relief of symptoms, even in severe conditions that have been present for many years. The treatment is naturally anti-bacterial, so deemed one of the safest injections on offer within medicine. It works on any type of pain problem you may have.

Finally, the acid jab that my beat back pain. In The Daily Mail article they wrote that once-in-a-lifetime jab may treat back pain. In a new trial, injections of lactic acid — a syrup-like substance formed in sour milk and found naturally in our bodies — are being given to 120 patients with lower back pain caused by disc problems.

The researchers say that the jab will make the discs, which sit between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine, tougher and more resilient — and could remove the need for surgery for many.

Around eight in ten people have back pain at some point, and up to one in four cases is caused by disc problems.

Lactic acid is a natural by-product of energy production in the body — it builds up in the muscles after exercise and is thought to be what makes them ache.

Its use in alleviating back pain is based on the idea that it encourages the development of collagen, which makes the disc tougher and resilient. Orthopaedic surgeons have long reported that patients experiencing back pain related to disc problems often have less pain as they get older, as with age the collagen in the discs becomes tougher and so the discs are able to provide more support to the spine. 

But these changes take decades, and the theory is that the lactic acid injection has the same effect — but in weeks.

Animal studies have shown that just one month after the injection, the centre of the discs had been replaced by dense fibrous tissue, as the collagen solidifies.

A small trial on 15 patients at the Stockholm Spine Centre in Sweden found no serious safety issues and MRI scans suggested the discs did become more solid after the jab.

In the new trial in hospitals in the Netherlands, Spain and Russia, patients will have the jab or a placebo. The researchers say they expect the benefits to be felt within four to 12 weeks and will hopefully last the patient’s entire life.

Hopefully the last injection I have written about will soon be available to anyone suffering from back pain. If you have had any of these injections I have listed I would love to hear from you.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Daily Mail, Arthritis Research UK, Pro Health Clinic

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USE YOUR HANDS TO HEAL WITH HAND REFLEXOLOGY…

Hand reflexology is a great way to treat yourself to help relieve some pain. There are four basic reflexology techniques you need to learn. These actions are creeping, rotating, spinal friction and achieving the right pressure when carrying out hand reflexology. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away.

The Daily Mail has a great article on the techniques you use for hand reflexology. Just check the article here. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away. Always start on the right hand first and complete the entire sequence before treating the left hand. This, according to practitioners, helps trigger the energy called ‘chi’ in the correct direction.

For lower back pain press the point where the centre of your hand joins your wrist and stimulate it. Always take medical advice if you do not know what the problem is. This is a perfect antidote to backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.

The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Combinations of reflex points are used in Reflex therapies.

Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments.

While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself.

There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.

A great book with images is Press Here! Hand Reflexology for Beginners: A Practice for Promoting Self-Care by Stefanie Sabounchian  available on Amazon which says has colourful illustrations and clear instructions show simple but powerful techniques to add to your daily routine.

Practicing hand reflexology on yourself can help you achieve your goal of natural, holistic healthcare without the expensive weekly treatments. Hand reflexology, unlike the more common foot reflexology, is easy to incorporate into your wellness routine because it can be used anywhere—from riding the bus or listening to a lecture in class to enjoying a party. 

This fun, easy, and accessible introduction to self-care through hand reflexology teaches the fundamental principles of reflexology and guides you through the reflex map of the hands, where every part of our body has a corresponding reflex point. Follow the illustrations and simple instructions to quickly learn techniques to use daily for overall good health and a balanced body and mind. In addition, guided techniques help you learn how to use reflexology for specific health issues, organized by ailments.



The Press Here! series offers contemporary takes on traditional hands-on healing practices for a new generation of practitioners. These introductory guides feature easy-to-access organization, clear instructions, and beautiful illustrations of each technique. Other Press Here! topics include massage, reiki, and acupressure.

Try having a go on yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand.

Always remember to check with your GP first if you are on medication.