November 30, 2004
HEALTH WATCH: Alternative Path – Getting to Grips With Back Pain
AS Synergy we had a physiotherapist who also used acupuncture to treat patients.
She emigrated to Australia. We also had the services of an osteopath who moved to Wexford.I hope that neither move was enforced by association with us! So we are on the look out for a physical therapist ( osteopath or physio) in the new year. In the meantime I have had to adapt other techniques to deal with pain.
I trained in acupuncture so I use massage on relevant acupuncture points. I use a lot of pressure for this - as much as the sufferer can tolerate - to free up spasm. When it comes to massage oil there are all kinds available but I find Olbas Oil (used for sinuses and quite cheap) as good as any for chronic injury.
It produces a lot of heat but I would not use it in acute injuries where, instead, we would use cold packs and DMSO, a natural anti-inflammatory made from wood extract. It can be massaged on and works very well with topical anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen - the DMSO seems to enhance their potency.
DMSO can also be taken orally though it tastes awful - or you can have it administered intravenously under medical supervision..
After massage I use homeopathic injections from Heel Remedies combined with lidocaine. Heel make a wide range of homeopathic preparations including injections. Commonly I use Spascupreel for muscle spasm, Traumeel and Zeel for inflammation, Discus Compositum for inflamed discs and Co-enzyme compositum to help speed up the healing process.
Usually I would inject acupuncture points but often I simply inject the most tender area around the part with the most muscle spasm. I learned of this approach through a special training course and I'm surprised how effective it is at relieving pain.
From a nutritional point we use magnesium (often injected initially), fish oils combine with ginger (Biocare), MSM, glucosamine and chondriotin.
Posture is important and it's advisable to do warm-up exercises before sport.
There are many other techniques for easing pain. Shiatsu massage can benefit a lot and even the use of magnets shows great effect.
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