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Low back pain is one of the most common ailments, and half of those afflicted suffer with it their entire adult lives—but conventional medicine has no real answer.
Following on from a report last week that painkillers don’t help with low back pain, researchers have found that a tailored exercise programme undoes many of the bad habits of poor posture that caused the problem in the first place.
People often turn to painkillers such as ibuprofen when they have low back pain—but the drugs don’t work and could cause unwelcome side effects. In other words, the risks outweigh the benefits, a new study has found.
A placebo can be as effective as a drug for reducing lower back pain—even when the person knows he’s being given a dummy pill. Back pain patients who are told they’re taking a placebo still report a 30 per cent reduction in pain and disability.
In this special issue of WDDTY, we offer a trio of articles to help you tackle back pain that results from our modern lifestyles. Biomechanist Katy Bowman offers the best positions for working at a desk, NeuroMovement® specialist Anat Baniel provides three exercises to combat sitting and our reporter Cate Montana investigates three new therapies that get to the root of the problem: faulty posture.
There`s no question that our backs have become the parts of our body most likely to malfunction. Back pain is now a global epidemic and the second most common reason why people visit the doctor. It`s been called an epidemic even by government organizations like the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk at the University of Maryland.