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How to ease back pain

Published On: Jul 31 2014 02:36:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2014 10:46:07 PM CDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

A number of alternative treatments are available that may help ease symptoms of back pain. Always discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor before starting any new alternative therapy.

  • Chiropractic care. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see a chiropractor.
  • Acupuncture. A practitioner of acupuncture inserts sterilized stainless steel needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Some people with low back pain report that acupuncture helps relieve their symptoms.
  • Massage. If your back pain is caused by tense or overworked muscles, massage therapy may help.
  • Yoga. There are several types of yoga, a broad discipline that involves practicing specific postures or poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Results of a few clinical trials suggest that yoga offers some benefit for people with back pain.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20020797?s=4

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