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Lower Back Pain: Osteopathic and preventative medicine

Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints, particularly as we get older. Unfortunately for all of us, there are many mechanical ‘weak’ points in the spine due to our upright posture and these areas easily accumulate the strains of day-to-day life, not to mention acute injuries. For many of us, even by our late twenties and early thirties there can be wearing of the joints and stiffening of the spinal muscles. 

Of course, these are normal changes to undergo as we age, but that doesn’t mean you lack the power to keep it at bay and avoid injury. Whether you have already experienced this or not, maintaining spinal health is essential to an enjoyable life and there are numerous ways to minimize the risk and severity of back pain. 

Approaches to managing back pain

Back pain is still somewhat of a mystery. Although the medical literature of back pain is enormous, there is still no strong evidence that one treatment method is significantly more effective that everything else. We do know, however, what tends not to work so well, and what approaches are detrimental. It is of the utmost importance to be highly informed about the physiology of back pain and of your options.

For simplicity sake, healing and preventing back pain can be divided into two basic categories: standard medical care, and allied and physical medicine. Of course, everyone’s personal and physical situations differ, so it’s hard to say exactly how one should go about lower back pain. In many cases, both are used in tandem. 

Standard medical care

Standard medical practice is usually the first port of call for people with a back complaint. Intervention is often quite simplistic though: advice to stay active, which is good, and prescription of medication, which can be helpful for acute issues, but very detrimental over the long term. Many doctors have gone so far as to prescribe strong opioids for patients who experience chronic back pain, a frightening fact as opioids are highly addictive and have caused a national public health emergency in many countries.

There are, of course, many physicians becoming increasingly enthusiastic and skilled in preventative healthcare.

Allied and physical medicine

There are a huge range of alternative and physical treatments for back pain. Passive treatments like acupuncture and massage seem to provide huge benefit to some people, however, that evidence that passive treatments on their own help people with chronic back pain get back on track is quite weak. In general, most people with chronic or complex back problems do better with active treatments like exercise and movement therapies in conjunction with passive treatments.  

The notion that yoga or pilates could do more for your chronic pain than the decades-long wisdom of a medical doctor is difficult for many to wrap their minds around, but it’s often true. Engaging in consistent exercise that helps your body to unwind, stimulating tissues spinal tissues and be present in your body is one of the best ways to regenerate the body.

Much of back pain can be caused by tension—a result of stress, anxiety, or similar circumstances. Relieving emotional stress and physical tension and getting regular varied movement are some of the core benefits of activities like yoga. But the same goes for any non-straining, enjoyable physical activity. 

Osteopathy: the best of both

Not many people are aware of what an osteopath is, and a good percent of those who have encountered the term before have certain misconceptions about osteopathy treatment. It somehow manages to fall under the often contrasting cloaks of alternative medicine and conventional medicine. As a matter of fact, osteopathy is a hands-on medical treatment approach that is also considered a branch of western medicine.

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Known to offer a highly effective but gentle, safe and lasting solution for acute and chronic pain, osteopathy also treats various injuries and illnesses. From abnormal body patterns and postural or functional strains to traumatic forces and restrictions in body tissues, osteopathy powerfully resolves them with a long-term fix. Whether you need low back pain treatmentor acute neck pain treatment, you can go see an osteopath to have your problem successfully addressed in a comprehensive manner.

Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for people of all ages and conditions, including pregnant women and elite athletes. Like many alternative medical approaches, osteopathy is based on the belief that the body is equipped with a natural capacity for self-healing and regulation, that the doctor must treat holistically in order to bring about true and lasting healing, that body structure and body function are interrelated, and that a radical solution will make symptoms disappear.

Osteopathy does not deal with superficial remedies or quick fixes for symptoms, but is, instead, concerned with addressing the root of the pain or illness in order to completely eradicate the problem. When just the surface issues are addressed, they are sure to recur and establish a pattern until they are truly dealt with at the very core. Osteopaths examine the living anatomy of the body to zero in on the true cause of pain. For instance, it’s very possible that the cause of knee pain actually originates from the foot or the pelvis. When the problem is taken out at the source, all other symptoms will cease to exist. With such an approach, osteopathy is able to greatly minimise the need for drugs and surgery, both invasive remedies typically prescribed in western medicine. Treatment is wholistic, including hands-on therapies, along with exercise rehabilitation and education and preventative care strategies. 

It is important to be able to differentiate osteopathy from chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy. For the most part, the main contrast is reflected in the fact that osteopathy is part of the practice of conventional medicine and requires formal medical education with residency training.

Where pain, injury, and illness are concerned, osteopathy is a very safe bet for a successful treatment.

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Stress Management: How to Deal with Stress or Avoid It

Every day we meet situations that are unpleasant or force us into extreme scenes. This situation can either define us or destroy us. Most of the time, however, they cause stress; the same stress that we want to avoid. It’s also the very same stress that we usually desperately want to get rid of in our lives.

Stress, however, is part of the human condition. Any situation will always cause us stress if we don’t prepare for it. To know how to deal with these situations as well as the stress they cause, read on.

Time Management
Stress Level: Chill

Time management can always cause stress. There is only so much time in a day that you can’t do all the things you ever wanted. If you want to do the things you absolutely want, you should know how to manage your time. Allocate time properly to avoid the feeling that you’re always running out of it.

Manage your lifestyle
Stress Level: Moderate

Whether we’re out of time or not, stress is always caused by creating a lifestyle that’s unhealthy and potentially dangerous. One way of creating a Zen-like state and combating stress is managing your activities so that you’re able to accommodate all the things you ever wanted to do.

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Hang out with the people closest to you
Stress Level: Chill

If you find that you’re always running out of time, make time. Create time for the people who matter the most to you. Their support is also a big help if you feel like you’re always stress and need a time out. People like friends and family are a good source of support for you to fight stress.

Avoid certain substances
Stress Level: Average

You might always feel stressed because of high anxiety. This, however, is caused by some substances—most notably caffeine and stimulants like nicotine. These are found in cigarettes and coffee—two things you should avoid if you want your stress levels to go down.

Indulge in more physical activities
Stress Level: Moderate

When you are always cooped up in the office, you may feel like your life revolves around the four corners of your cubicle. Go out and have fun! Man wasn’t created to just sit around all day. Exercise or, better yet, take part in a group activity with your friends, like sports or jogging.

The best de-stressor: Sleep
Stress Level: Chill

Life can get too much to handle if you’re always chasing after it. Learn to settle down and let things happen. If you find that you lack sleep, make time for it; sleep can also help your body recover. By letting it recover, you’re also lowering your stress levels.

Stress happens on a daily basis, whether we like it or not, the key thing here is to keep it to a minimum; we should actively find activities to lower our stress such that it won’t bother us again.

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Cold Turkey Help Resources: Basic Methods to Keep you Away from Tobacco

Smoking, like any addiction, is pretty hard to overcome. This is true especially if you began smoking at a pretty young age. It’s that hard to avoid because you most probably learned it in the company of your peers. Fear not, however; you can avoid smoking and finally drop it with a bit of help.

Take a look at some of these ideas and see if this works for your journey toward throwing that last pack of smokes in the trash.

A quick, but effective, method

To quit smoking is a monumental effort to some, but the trick is to do it all of a sudden. The cold turkey method supports this. You could go about this two ways—reduce the amount of cigarettes you smoke bit by bit, or just quit smoking in an abrupt, sudden manner.

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Go for substitutes

A well-loved method that some people would prefer is to replace cigarettes with a less harmful variant. Nicotine is one of the reasons why some people find it hard to quit; they’ve become addicted to it. A nicotine patch or nicotine-based vape liquid is an effective replacement.

Get the support of friends and family

Another effective way of keeping to your promise is to get the help of people around you. Quitting with a friend is twice the fun and an effective support method; quitting with a family member is another. This is a good method especially if you have a weak willpower.

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Get into a group of like-minded people

If your family and friends don’t smoke, or if you can’t get their support, get into a group with the same goal. It’s like an alcoholic’s support group—you can get rid of your habit and, at the same time, meet new friends on the path to becoming a better you.

Involve yourself in activities

When you finally quit, fill your day with lots of activities. You can exercise or do other things during the times you usually smoke. Anything will do, just as long as you don’t have an idle time in the day that reminds you of when you took a ‘smoking break.’

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It’s not that easy to quit, especially for people who’ve been smoking for a long time. With the help of family and friends and with a dedicated effort, however, you can achieve a totally smoke-free future.

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