Back pain is one of the most common problems people go to see a doctor about. Before trying out medications, people should attempt healthier treatments. These include yoga, tai chi, and massages. One problem however, is that insurance is more likely to cover medications than these alternatives, even though they have been shown to be as effective if not more. Other treatments for longer lasting back pain include acupuncture and spinal manipulation. These are all healthier than taking drugs.
- Consumer Reports sees evidence that non-drug treatments can be as or more effective for treating back pain.
- Instead of drugs, the American College of Physicians recommends heat, acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation for back pain lasting less than three months.
- Consumer Reports recommends yoga or tai chi for shorter term back pain but only if you are familiar with the moves.
“In a Consumer Reports survey of over thirty-five hundred back-pain sufferers nationwide, it found more than 80-percent of those who had tried yoga or tai chi, or saw a massage therapist or chiropractor said it helped them.”