Banish Your Back Pain. without Pills; It's the World's Leading Cause of Disability and the Biggest Cause of Work-Related Absence in Britain, According to the Charity BackCare. Now, an Australian Study Suggests Paracetamol Is Ineffective for Easing Lower Back Pain. on Behalf of the 80 per Cent of the Population Who Suffer, Matthew Barbour Asked Dr Adam Al-Kashi, Backcare's Head of Research and Education, for the Best Alternatives

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Banish Your Back Pain. without Pills; It's the World's Leading Cause of Disability and the Biggest Cause of Work-Related Absence in Britain, According to the Charity BackCare. Now, an Australian Study Suggests Paracetamol Is Ineffective for Easing Lower Back Pain. on Behalf of the 80 per Cent of the Population Who Suffer, Matthew Barbour Asked Dr Adam Al-Kashi, Backcare's Head of Research and Education, for the Best Alternatives


SITTING up STRAIGHT Evidence: More than a third of us spend at least 10 hours a day sitting, which can play havoc with back muscles. But the common advice to sit up straight could do more harm than good. Researchers in Aberdeen monitored patients with back pain sitting slouched, relaxed and upright. Those sitting relaxed put the least strain on their back, while those sitting bolt upright suffered most pain.

How it works: Constantly forcing the back muscles into unnatural positions puts excessive strain on the lumbar region. Your body tells you if it's in discomfort. When you're relaxed, the spine finds its natural position. Al-Kashi said: "We need to dramatically reduce sitting time and move around far more."

Cost: Free Success rating: 0/5 GENTLE EXERCISE Evidence: Hundreds of millions of pounds and 10million GP visits a year could be saved if NHS patients with back pain treated themselves with gentle exercise, such as swimming, according to pain management specialist Dr Moheb Shalaby. The British Chiropractic Association report that those who avoid bed rest and continue normal activities as much as possible suffer less pain and get back to work sooner.

How it works: Even light exercise maintains and strengthens the supporting abdominal muscles, which can realign and iron out issues, says Shalaby. Swimming is ideal as the water takes the load off your back while strengthening your core. Focus on back and front crawl - not breast stroke, which can aggravate problems. Cost: Entry fee at your local pool Success rating: 5/5 LISTEN TO MUSIC Evidence: It turns out a DJ really can save your life - or at least make it worth living for those with chronic back pain. In US tests, patients who listened to music for one hour a day reported a 21 per cent reduction in pain. How it works: The music stimulates the release of pain-masking endorphins. It also helps to alleviate other symptoms of back problems, including disability, depression and anxiety. Cost: Free Success rating: 3/5 ACUPUNCTURE Evidence: US scientists found back pain sufferers who had two sessions of acupuncture a week were up to 15 per cent more likely to show a meaningful improvement in their condition after one year. But those getting a "fake" treatment, where their skin was pricked with toothpicks, also enjoyed improvements - suggesting a belief in the therapy might play a key part.

How it works: The treatment is based on the premise that back pain can be alleviated by unblocking the body's natural "Qi" energy. Fine needles are inserted into some of the hundreds of points around the body to clear the channels and stimulate internal healing.

Cost: From PS40 a session, which usually lasts up to an hour. Go to acupuncture. org.uk. Acupuncture is also offered free on the NHS in some areas. Success rating: 3/5 ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Evidence: The latest and most comprehensive study in the British Medical Journal showed the Alexander Technique can reduce back pain by 85 per cent, offering more significant longterm benefits than massage or standard medical care. How it works: Students learn to recognise, understand and prevent the consequences of poor postural and movement habits. Al-Kashi said: "In one particular study, the benefit was not only sustained up to the 12-month follow-up but continued." continued." Cost: A course of 20-30 sessions, at about PS40 each, is recommended. Contact the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (stat.org.uk) for your (stat.org.uk) for your nearest practitioner. Success rating: 4/5 CHIROPRACTIC/ OSTEOPATHY Evidence: Latest research shows that these techniques can prove more harmful than beneficial for the upper back. Beneficial for the upper back. But used on the lower back, but used on the lower back, both techniques can speed recovery and provide an effective alternative to drugs or surgery. They are approved by the Royal College of General Practitioners for improvement in mobility and pain in the first six weeks of reported problems. …

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