If your doctor has tried the traditional non-invasive forms of treatment and you still experience chronic pain in your back, they may offer surgery as your next option. Before considering surgery, there are several non-traditional approaches that may give you relief. Here are a few different treatments available to you that may keep you from having to undergo a major back surgery.
A chiropractor, like Charles C Gerleman Chiropractic Clinic and others, is focused on the spine and the muscles and nerves surrounding it. They offer a number of approaches to treat your back pain, such as:
Based on Chinese energy points, or meridians, mapped out against the body, tiny needles are inserted just under the skin to stimulate energy flow in different areas. The practitioner will focus on those meridians that control the muscles next to the spine. The goal is to relax those muscles and reduce nerve irritation that causes your pain.
Acupressure and Meridian Tapping
These are two techniques which use similar energy meridians as does the acupuncture practitioner. Instead of needles, these approaches rely on finger pressure or light tapping with the fingertips on those energy points to relax the muscles in the back.
This practitioner will help you to distract your mind from focusing on your chronic pain. Constantly anticipating the pain can cause anxiety and irritability. Hypnosis doesn't remove the pain but allows you to focus on other thoughts and ignore the existing pain.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
This may be used along with hypnosis or by a practitioner that specializes in treating pain with NLP. The theory behind this treatment is that language can be used to reprogram parts of your thought process to reframe how your body reacts to the pain. For example, after an NLP session, you could feel warmth in the area of your back where before your experience was just pain.
A few months ago, I realized that it was getting progressively more difficult to move around like I used to. Lifting was a chore, sleeping was difficult, and bending over was absolutely grueling. My back hurt when I did just about anything, so I decided to seek help. I contacted a chiropractor in my area for help, and it was amazing how helpful the chiropractor was. I was able to get in for an appointment the same day, and my problems melted away as the doctor worked on my back. My blog details my journey, so that you can see how helpful the right care can be.