These are severe and life altering conditions that can impact not only quality of life, but can lead to a higher risk of complications and permanent disability. The hard fact about chronic back pain is that it can largely be prevented by exercises that strengthen the core muscles that support and anchor our spinal columns.
A back that is complemented by a strong and health muscular system is less prone to degeneration and injury and our first priority should always be to keep our muscles in balance and tone.
Our all too human desire to be rid of pain can lead to our accepting the risks for relief in the short term, without understanding that the true solution to any pain relief is in treating the underlying problem—and even better, engaging in preventative behaviors that will head off the likelihood of debilitating injury in the first place.
Cortisone and other drug treatments target symptoms and not the underlying problems. The true effectiveness of these types of therapies is in buying time for the body to heal itself and they should be considered not as the be-all and end-all of pain relief—but merely the first salvo in an diverse arsenal.
We must learn to take responsibility for our health—to understand that we have the power to protect and heal ourselves more effectively than can any drug or invasive medical procedure. Ideally we should endeavor to eat right and exercise regularly---keeping our bodies in optimum conditions at all times---a good diet and routine activity can do much to keep our bodies whole and pain free.
When we do injure ourselves, we must make the decision to first—educate ourselves completely about the causes of our debility and make informed decisions about treatments, and second to also be open to the less attractive and quick solutions to pain relief and healing.
We must be willing to undertake an exercise regimen that will address the issue that caused our injury and to investigate and sample some of the natural and holistic alternatives before we embrace the quick and easy fix.
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Years ago, there used to be few options other than surgery for backache relief. Fortunately, we now have more options available. One of the newest, scientifically researched methods is that of back decompression.
It is truly effective and can help speed pain relief to many who suffer chronic back pain.