A large majority of Australians – eight out of ten, according to recent estimates- suffer from some form of back pain. For those whose back pain causes daily stress and discomfort, it can be difficult to find a treatment that works. While many have become disappointed by traditional treatments, others have found relief in alternative therapies. These therapies include acupuncture and electrical shocks, and have become more and more popular in recent years.

Many doctors agree that the foremost problem in many forms of back pain treatment is that the muscles in the back are not given enough attention. The muscles must be relaxed before the back as a whole can be relaxed, so many alternative treatments focus on this. Some use very light electrical shocks to stimulate the muscles and relieve pressure. This has been effective for many who suffer from back pain. Some doctors have begun using ultrasound equipment to treat back pain, claiming that the low amount of heat emitted relaxes the muscles and reduces the resulting pain and inflammation. Some doctors have even found success using a certain type of flexible medical tape to help support the muscles in the back. This can reduce the stress on the muscles and reduce pain. Those who suffer from situational back pain should consider doing certain stretches and workouts that can relieve tension in other muscles in the body, many of which can cause back pain when stressed.

While some people feel relief from their back pain more quickly when using these methods, they can be helpful to many different sufferers. Certain types of pain will take longer to achieve complete relief from, but it’s important to follow through with treatment plans to better ensure back pain relief. Those who have found little relief using traditional therapies should consider alternative therapies as another option in escaping their back pain.

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