Anyone who has had recurring, chronic aches and pains knows how difficult the pain is to live with and also how very difficult it is to get rid of it. However, a new study has shown that alternative treatments are of immense benefit for back pain.
As many as 60% of those surveyed said that they had tried some or other (in cases more than one type) of alternative treatment for their back pain and that the CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapy had offered exceptional relief. The top therapies that were shown to provide the maximum relief for back pain were:
- Chiropractic Treatment
- Tai Chi qi Gong
- Herbal remedies
- Relaxation techniques
From among these, it was seen that chiropractic care was the most effective and the most preferred option with 74% people using that to resolve their back pain. Massage therapy came in next; however a range of different alternative remedies were used by back pain sufferers ranging from naturopathy to hypnotherapy.
Though the findings of the study are significant and encouraging in that they show that alternative therapies do work for a great many people, it was disheartening to note that 24% of those surveyed had alternative therapy recommended by their regular medical practitioners.