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Back Pain Products to Help My Back Pain


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Lower back pain is one of the leading reasons people in the United States visit their doctors. It will inhibit the lives of millions of Americans this year.

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Back Pain Products to Help My Back Pain

  1. 1. ==== ====Learn how to get rid of your back pain fast. Check out this ====If you suffer lower back pain, you are not on your own. Probably nearly all adults at some point intheir lives will experience this condition that interferes with their work eg there is a high incidenceof lumbar pain in drivers, everyday activities, sports (eg lumbar pain in golfers) or hobbies. Lowerback pain or sciatica is considered the most common cause of job-related disability and thehighest contributor to absenteeism in the western world. For example, it is second to headachesas the most common neurological ailment in the United States. Generally, most occurrences oflower back pain or lumbar pain subside after a few days, although some instances may take muchlonger to resolve or very occasionally lead to more serious conditions.Short-term pain (Acute) generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks, and this condition tends tobe mechanical in nature, the consequence of trauma to the lower back or a condition such asarthritis. Back pain from trauma may be caused by an injury sustained through sports activity,household jobs or working in the garden.Sometimes, sudden jarring from a minor fall, or other stress on the lower back bones and tissuescould be the root cause of low lumbar pain or sciatica. Symptoms of lumbar pain may range fromaching muscles to shooting or sharp stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or aninability to stand straight. Sometimes, pain felt in one part of the body may stem from a disorder orinjury incurred in other parts of the body. Very occasionally acute low back pain syndromes couldbecome more serious if untreated.Definitions of what period or duration constitutes chronic back pain vary but pain that persists forover 12 weeks would generally be described as chronic.Often the initial cause of the back problem is not known and this condition can sometimes beprogressive The good news is that the vast majority of occurrences can be treated withoutsurgery. Back pain treatments include analgesics, to reduce inflammation, to restoring propermobility and strength to the back, by a variety of back pain products and therapies, to strategiesfor the avoidance of recurrence of the injury.Usually patients suffering lumbar pain recover fully and dont incur continuing loss of functionality.Its advisable to contact your GP if there is no improvement or reduction in the back pain andinflammation after 3 days There is a plethora of exercises, medication, or therapy products andgadgets available to sufferers, designed to provide either, relief, prevention or both.Although some of these back pain products (such as Magnatherapy or aromatherapy) would bedescribed as alternative or pseudoscientific ie they have few empirically or scientifically provenbenefits, many are developed through the application of sound medical principle and theory. Itsworthwhile asking your GP for recommendations on any therapies as well as making sure that the
  2. 2. cause is not more seriousBack pain therapy devices PGAT devicesInversion TablesInversion is a natural form of passive gravity assisted traction (PGAT) that uses the patients bodyweight in conjunction with gravity to decompress weight-bearing joints. While the patient is rotatedand suspended, gravity effectively creates a traction, resulting in a customized stretch that extendsthe spine, from the sacroiliac to the cervical joints of the neck, increasing the space between thevertebrae, which relieves the pressure on the discs and nerve roots. By reducing this pressurethere is less interference with the spinal nerves thus reducing lower lumbar pain. Inversion isconsidered to be an effective therapy This is typically performed on whats called an inversiontable.The table allows you to lie on your back relaxed, in an inverted position. This position eliminatessome or all gravitational compression, depending upon how far back you position your body.Inversion therapy relieves back pain, and it works even better when its part of a well-roundedtherapy plan that addresses the specific muscle imbalances you have. But even by itself it is highlyeffective. A recent study done at Newcastle University found that over 70% of patients whoperformed inversion therapy were able to cancel their scheduled back surgeries.CPM MobilisersBacklifeBacklife is designed to apply a Continuous Passive Movement (CPM) to the lower back painsufferer in a similar way to how a healthcare professional, as part of his back pain therapy, wouldapply in order to help relieve pressure between the vertebrae, and therefore relieve pain in thelumbar region. In order to apply CPM the user would lie on the floor bending their knees over theupper section of the machine. As the upper section moves, it gently rotates the pelvis in a circularfashion, allowing the joints to move, whilst the joints remain relaxed. The advertised benefits ofBacklife for pain relief are that it reduces the stress and pressure on the lower back, restores backmobility and improves stability. In addition it reduces lumbar pain with regular use, improvesposture, and reduces muscle tension.Back in action MobiliserThe Back in Action Mobiliser is an extremely powerful medical grade spinal joint mobilisationsystem, available for home or professional use for back pain relief. Its described as usually veryeffective at decreasing the symptoms of long term and chronic musculo-skeletal problems. Thesystem applies very localised pressure to the muscles either side of the spine, simulating apractitioners thumbing technique,whilst mobilising the spine, flexing and extending the spine,freeing up stubborn vertebrae. In addition to this the mobilise provides a continuous passivemotion (CPM) considered to be beneficial to health and aid healing The mobilise has been used totreat conditions such as: lumbago; prolapse /slipped disc, sciatica; scoliosis, arthritic hips, sacro-iliac dysfunction, whiplash injuries; fibromyalgia and many other disabling conditions. It is alsocomprehensively tested and endorsed by medics, so that it is probably the most commended back
  3. 3. pain therapy care system available. Its most significant disadvantage is that it is made in smallnumbers and is expensive to buy however they are available to hire.BackstretcherThe Backstretcher, also known as the Rolastretcher provides relief with a combination of massageand stretching movements, allowing the user to move and stretch different parts of the spine bymoving up and down the frame. The rollers also provide pressure (acupressure) on the backmuscles either side of the spine where dysfunctional trigger points (knots) often occur. It providesback pain sufferers the opportunity to complement their therapeutic treatment with a device, whichis portable, The effectiveness of this device has been confirmed by scientific study by theUniversity of Iowas Spine Centre.FlexibakFlexibak is back support cradle that is designed to ease lower back pain problems, reducediscomfort, and promote relief, by decompression of key joints, allowing natural movement toreturn to the user. Flexibak, developed by 2 leading British osteopaths, is designed to encouragethe lumbar and sacroiliac joints to open up, and encourage the return of natural movement aspressure on inflamed muscles is relieved.Back cushions and wedges and Supports CushionsBack cushionsThese are custom shaped soft cushions which are tailored to the natural shape of the users lowerback and designed to offer support whilst maintaining an ergonomic and comfortable posturewhilst sat on a chair or in the car, thus providing an element of relief for low back pain.Seat wedgesSeat wedges provide lumbar pain relief in a natural passive manner. Sitting on a seat wedge hasthe effect of moving forward the pelvis which has the effect of causing the users spine to adopt amore ergonomically correct upright posture. Seat wedges maybe useful for lumbar pain sufferingcar drivers by angling their backs into more comfortable driving positions, or in sedentaryworkplace situations where the back pain sufferer may be adopting a suiting position for severalhours, for example call centre workers. Ideal for everybody working in a sitting position, especiallyPC users. A variant of the seat wedge is the coccyx wedge which incorporates a cut away sectionto reduce or avoid pressure on the sacrum or coccyx which could be causing lower back pain ortail bone pain.Back BracesThese aim to constrict the affected area of low back pain low afflicted area, these strap-on bodybraces help reduce lower back pain and help to correct poor posture.TENS units
  4. 4. TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is the application of electric current producedby a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. In this case we are referring toportable stimulators used to help with back pain. The unit is usually connected to the skin usingtwo or more electrodes or semi adhesive pads. Although the first units developed in the US fortesting tolerance of chronic back pain sufferers to electrical stimulation in preparation for surgicallyinvasive implants, many patients reported deriving relief from the TENS itself. A number ofcompanies began manufacturing TENS units after the commercial success of the Meditronicdevice became known TENS is regarded as a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulation intended toreduce pain, both acute and chronic. Controversy does exist over its effectiveness in treating ofchronic back pain. In 2007 a feature in the Pain Journal concluded that ENS was effective forchronic musculoskeletal pain whereas the journal Neurology advised against recommendingTENS for chronic lower back pain,but other neurologists in the same journal suggested that insome patients TENS is useful. TENS units available from high street retailers Baxolve offersimmediate relief for lower back pain through a combination of TENS therapy and lumbar support inone easy to use convenient belt.Heat and cold back pain productsThere is little empirical evidence that the application of hot and cold compresses actuallyeffectively relieve back pain conditions, although the use of hot and cold compresses may providerelief by helping to reduce the lower back pain, spasms, and inflammation, in turn allowing forimproved mobility for some back pain sufferers. Immediately after the trauma, the sufferer wouldapply a cold compress (generally ice packs or refrigerant gel) to the affected area of the lowerback pain, maybe after a strain, for up to about 20 minutes a few time a day, for a couple of daysto help reduce tissue inflammation. After a couple of days the back pain sufferer would then applyheat to the affected area, using a variety of methods such as heat pads, heat lamps etc for shortdurations. This has the effect of dilating the blood vessels which increase blood flow to theaffected tissues, and encouraging the healing process. It also has the effect of relaxing themuscles similar to having a warm bath after exertion. As with any back pain treatment itsadvisable to consult your GP before commencing a treatment.Magnet therapyMagnet therapy can be described as an alternative or pseudoscientific method of back paintreatment, using magnetic fields on the body to promote back pain relief and healing, with aperceived, though not understood positive effect on blood oxygen content. There is no scientificbasis to conclude that small, static magnets can relieve pain It has its origins in Traditional OrientalMedicine (TOM) dating back some 2000 years, centered around Chior energy flows around thebody and instrumental in health and wellbeing, with magnetic wave therapy having associationswith acupuncture or and acupressure. Although it is regarded with an element of scepticism due toseemingly physical and biological implausibility, in Eastern countries, therapeutic magnets arelicensed as medical devices, and it does appear to be gaining some recognition within the USmedical community, with an example of affirmative research of published in the MDBR Journal ofRheumatology. The downside to this is the difficulty associated with establishing true blind testingof magnets and associated placebo or Hawthorne effects within test groups. By all means have alook at whats available but remain sceptical.Ultrasound
  5. 5. Ultrasound is often used as a method of pain relief by physios and therapists in combination withother pain treatments, such as manipulation, massage, ice treatment and interferential(electrotherapy). The ultrasound device causes millions of sound waves to penetrate deep intotissue in order to promote healing of inflamed or damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments. Itsclaimed that ultrasound can reduce tissue inflammation by stimulating blood flow, promote healingby stimulating soft tissue, and assist in the absorption uf analgesics, and reduce pain. Again thereis conflict over the effectiveness for lower back pain treatment with both positive user testimonialsoffset by inconclusive meta analysis. See Physical Therapy article Jul 2001 and New ZealandJournal of Physiotherapy Jul 2008UltralieveUltralieve Pro is a mains operated or portable hand held medical grade device designed for homeuse to help with pain and promote healing by conducting ultrasound waves into the damagedtissue. Although the device is easy its perhaps best if the user has received ultrasound treatmentpreviously from a physio or healthcare professional, and again its advisable to check with your GPor physio before using one to derive pain relief It should not be used as a replacement forconventional help with back pain but in conjunction with it in between sessions. Again there isconflict over the effectiveness to help with back pain with both positive user testimonials offset byinconclusive meta analysis.David Pegg from Manchester UK is a director with Lumbacurve International, manufacturers ofback pain relief products. LumbaCurve provides exercises and drug free natural cures for backpain to help give relief for sufferers of lumbar pain.Article Source: ====Learn how to get rid of your back pain fast. Check out this ====