Easing Back Pain the Alternative Way

Easing Back Pain the Alternative Way

There are 12 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 6, 2007, titled Easing Back Pain the Alternative Way. In it, Newsday reports that:

Blake Rivas of Hewlett has suffered from back pain since she was a teenager. In her search for relief from herniated discs, a congenital spine condition and sciatica, she underwent back surgery, took medication ...

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Edison, NJ

#1 Feb 6, 2007
acupuncture saved my life when i was sick everyone should go

Edison, NJ

#2 Feb 6, 2007
I <3 acupuncture it made me feel like i was born again

Richmond, VA

#3 Feb 6, 2007
I've suffered with back pain over 13 years. Physical therapy, surgery and oral medicines have brought no lasting relief. But from the first Chinese acupuncture treatment on, I have felt more alive and have regained an interest in living. Acupuncture can help more than drugs or surgery. But not everyone is meant to do this type of work. You have better seek an experienced acupuncturist on your case.
Norman Yerke

Brookfield, WI

#4 Feb 6, 2007
Here is your answer to back pain. www.spinalchair.com
Lloyd Barton

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Feb 6, 2007
The article written by Ms. Debbe Geiger is correct in the statement that a large pecentage of the population has some back problem.

Also Ms. Geiger is correct in that surgery is not always the solution or treatment, and that there are other alternatives, such as acupuncture and exersize.

However she has not presented another important approach, which is decompession, a technique which has shown a high success rate for people who have undegone this procedure.

The procedure is administered by profesionals,(orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors), utilizing a specialized piece of equipment desiogned to direct the treatment to the problem area.

The equipment can be viewed at extentrac.com

Loyd Barton
Robert Goldstein

San Juan, Philippines

#6 Feb 6, 2007
A not so alternative way to treating back pain is an inversion table. It's very good exercise too. Found it useful and you migh too. Here's a link:

Linda Hamburger

Hollywood, FL

#7 Feb 7, 2007
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Richmond, VA

#8 Feb 7, 2007
I belive acupuncture can relieve back pain. But there is another important approach: pray!!! Save money! I pray every day! The pain never comes!
anwer jaffer

Faridabad, India

#9 Feb 18, 2007
i m practising acupuncture and treated many patients with aculife device and 80% of them got relief with backache so i fully acknowledge this treatment.

Richmond, VA

#10 Feb 22, 2007
Mary wrote:
I've suffered with back pain over 13 years. Physical therapy, surgery and oral medicines have brought no lasting relief. But from the first Chinese acupuncture treatment on, I have felt more alive and have regained an interest in living. Acupuncture can help more than drugs or surgery. But not everyone is meant to do this type of work. You have better seek an experienced acupuncturist on your case.
who is an experienced acupuncturist around Richmond?

Norwalk, CA

#11 Mar 10, 2007
80 % of lower back patients get better with any treatment from physical therapy,to meds, to yoga... the placebo effect is very powerful. But having said that, better is better. It is better to get your placebo from acupunture than surgery.

I have found this free non commercial site useful:


Natalie Guse

Encinitas, CA

#13 May 6, 2011
Here are some back pain relief tips!

Lower back pain or lumbago affects more than 80% of the people at some stage of life and can be very bothering. No specific reason can be assigned for this disease and the pain can be chronic, moderate and acute. This musculoskeletal disorder impedes free movement of an individual and the serious cases often demand total bed rest. The symptoms sometimes persist for a week and subside and may relapse after a gap of few weeks or months.


1. Pain in back while bending, moving and walking.
2. The pain is felt in the buttocks and pains that can last for 48 to 72 hours.
3. Often the pain may extend below the knee to the foot and ankle.
4. Pain felt while sneezing and coughing.
5. Stiffness in the back and the hip muscles.

Though back pains donít have any specific cause but some underlying reasons can be:

1. Any injury to the back muscles, spine and back bone that can result in this problem.
2. Abnormal functioning of the abdominal organs.
3. Pressure on the nerve roots or Sciatica is another factor.
4. Degeneration of the spinal discs.
5. Spondylosis, Fibromylagia and Osteomyelitis are other causes of lower backache.
6. Even smoking can cause lower backache.


In case of moderate and sub acute back pains some self care treatments and medications are enough to cure the disorder but in chronic cases regular exercises with due precautions must be carried to keep the pain in check.

1. Sleeping with pillows in between the knees or sleeping lying on the back with knees resting on the pillow gives some comfort and so are often recommended by doctors.

2. Exercises are beneficial for chronic back pain as it improves the blood circulation in the muscles.

3. Some backache may require long bed rest depending upon the severity of the pain.

4. Painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen are prescribed to relieve the back pain.

5. Application of heat and ice packs are also found to be beneficial in some cases.


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