Not that far in the past doctors knew very little about the back and about the back pain symptoms suffered by millions around the world. There were no guarantees when going to the doctor because they always seemed to recommend invasive back fusion surgery or some other techniques that weren’t really working. These surgeries and treatments seemed to leave patients worse off than before the operations. Many people suffering from these acute back pain symptoms gave up on traditional medicine and began looking for alternatives. Some of the alternatives that were considered “trendy” were acupuncture, Remedial Massage, holistic medicine, chiropractic and even faith healing.
Back pain symptoms can stem from many different back and spinal injuries but are usually related to some sort of trauma or trauma inducing activity, such as exercise or competitive sports. Many athletes have had their careers shortened by the excrutiating pain that is associated with herniated discs, the most common traumatic spinal cord injury. Herniated discs can cause severe back pain symptoms including sciatica which shoots pain down the legs and into the groin in extreme cases. Spinal pain and back injuries are all too common however and relief is too often found in pain killing medication rather than in treatment. The main problem with this approach is that most of the narcotic pain killers are also highly addictive and can cause problematic side effects for patients as well as lengthy withdrawal symptoms.
Chiropractic doctors and Remedial Massage Therapists continue to be the treatment of choice for many athletes and the beneficial effects of this type of treatment are now recognised by health funds. The injuries can take time to heal and need the correct attention and care. Many Patients swear by Remedial Massge and claim to be pain free after several sessions, depending on the severity of the injury. Generally a good place to start curing or easing the pain is by the use of cold treatments that most sport physicians use. Icing the region to diminish inflammation and can help with painful contractions and spasms. Then your local Massage Therapist can manipulate and help release any trapped nerves or bundled muscles.
If you are one of the millions around the world with debilitating back pain symptoms you should definitely see your personal physician first before experimenting with any alternative medicine. This does not mean that you should not explore other avenues of treatment before submitting to invasive back surgeries. Surgery should be a last resort treatment, not the first option if at all possible. From experience and listening to many Patients Remedial Massage is a definite place to start before trying any invasive treatments. Please always check the credentials of your therapist before allowing them to manipulate any muscles.