Alternative Joint Pain Relief Treatments

Unless you are one of those new age, vegetarian types, you will usually go down one of two roads if you have had acute back pain that has advanced into subacute or chronic back pain: medical or chiropractic. These two avenues for treatment will be the two most likely candidates for several reasons.
  1. Medical and chiropractic will be covered by health insurance. Check with your doctor though to see if chiropractic is covered by your insurer.
  2. These two disciplines are the most well established and have proven results.
So we have covered the most important reasons why people with lingering back pain chose to go the medical and chiropractic routes. Well, why would people choose to seek out alternative joint pain relief treatments or alternative back pain relief treatments? A small percentage of people fail get better after a series of chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, pain management injections, and even surgery. Some patients may actually turn to alternative treatments when conventional ones have failed, through a fear of the side effects of invasive medical treatments (such as surgery and injections), and a fear of traditional long-term medical treatments to ,manage back pain. These concerns are legitimate: a there are risks to conventional back pain treatments. Back surgery fails often enough that there is even a name for it: called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS).

And continued use of over the counter medications for the long-term treatment of back pain are associated with liver and kidney damage, and long-term use of opiod-based medications to treat pain are associated with tolerance and addiction. For these reasons, and many more, patients may seek out alternative joint pain relief treatments. We will introduce some of them here.

Osteopathy: Osteopathy is kind of a hybrid between alternative therapies, modern medicine, and chiropractic. Osteopathy is a system of medicine that emphasizes body mechanics along with more traditional (allopathic) physical, medicinal and surgical methods to diagnose and treat disease. A key factor to know here is that osteopaths may work in hospitals and medical clinics, and that osteopathic treatments in clinic will likely be covered by your health insurance (check with your provider to confirm). While medical doctors have the (MD) qualification, Osteopathy is performed by osteopathic physicians (DOs). Unlike most specialists in alternative therapies, osteopaths are trained to perform surgery and to prescribe medicine. Unlike the majority of medical doctors, osteopaths are more likely to perform spinal adjustments, and to encourage patients to try alternative therapies such as herbal supplementation and Hatha Yoga.

Yoga: Though considered to be an alternative therapy, Yoga has been around for hundreds of years, and predates chiropractic and modern medicine as a pain management technique and for general health benefits. Yoga is part of the traditional Indian healing system called Ayurveda. Yoga is practiced as a system of movements to improve flexibility, muscle strength, and emotional health. Yoga consists of slow movements, exercises, and postures to improve flexibility, balance, and to promote a peaceful emotional state.

Feldenkrais: Like the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais teaches proper posture through mind-body awareness. Practitioners of this technique will teach patients several hundred different movements designed to increase range of motion, flexibility, and body awareness.