You Don’t Need to Let Back Pain Keep You From Playing in the Yard!
You’ve been aching to get at your yard and garden…and now working your land has you landed on your back!
Spring has been a long time in coming, and often people over do it, attacking their garden, and then feeling it attack in return. Back pain keeps many people from doing all that they’d like to. It’s also one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor — and their acupuncturist!
Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities. Planted the rutabaga and now you’re feeling the burn? Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work very well for those conditions as well.
Wanting to continue the all natural approach after coming in from the garden?
An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines.
Emergency physicians at The Alfred, Northern, Cabrini and Epworth hospitals joined with RMIT’s school of health sciences to see if acupuncture could relieve acute pain in hundreds of patients that came to the hospital with either lower-back pain, sprained ankles or migraines.
While data from the study is still being analysed and finalized for publication in a medical journal, one of the researchers, Dr Michael Ben-Meir, said it showed acupuncture offered the same level of pain relief as analgesic drugs when patients rated their pain one hour after treatment.
Dr Ben-Meir also said the randomized controlled study of about 550 patients also found that the combination of acupuncture with standard pharmaceutical care delivered equivalent pain relief to acupuncture alone or standard care alone. He said it was particularly good for people who did not want drugs, such as pregnant women, and for those whose pain was not relieved by Western medicine.
Want a naturally healthy, happy back? Try acupuncture!
Here’s some helpful tips to avoid overdoing it in your personal Garden of Eden…
- To prevent overstretching your back, warm up before you start. Try taking a walk around the block, to loosen up your limbs, or a hot shower.
- Even when you’re warmed up, it’s still possible to injure your back. Repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects improperly are definitely risky garden business for backs. Don’t bend and twist when lifting something heavy!
- Try switching tasks every 15 minutes, and use knee pads when pulling weeds and planting. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight.
- Rake with one leg in front of the other — and switch the front leg once in a while.
- Stop and smell the roses!
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