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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.
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.
Powerful opioid drugs such as morphine and codeine lose their painkilling powers if they’re taken for more than three months. Patients say they are in greater pain than those not taking the drugs.
Popular painkillers like paracetamol and Tylenol don’t just reduce our pain—they also stop us empathising with others who are in pain.
Painkillers as lethal as Vioxx—which reportedly killed 60,000 people before it was banned—are still available and are being taken by people every day, new research has discovered.
Addiction to painkillers such as opiates has become a crisis in the West—but mindfulness meditation is a safer alternative that’s just as effective, say researchers who have tested the technique against a powerful painkiller.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cellphone masts do affect us, researchers have concluded. Their research has so far been limited to amputees who still feel pain in a phantom limb when they are close to a mast, but the discovery could have implications for the rest of us.