50 Things You Can Do Today to Manage Back Pain

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A guide to the various types and many possible causes of back pain, and practical and holistic advice to help sufferers deal with it
 
Looking at lifestyle changes, dietary manipulation, supplements, and DIY complementary therapies, this book provides strategies that can help reduce back pain. The 50 things that sufferers can do include choosing beneficial foods and supplements, discovering natural anti-inflammatory herbs and ...

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Overview

A guide to the various types and many possible causes of back pain, and practical and holistic advice to help sufferers deal with it
 
Looking at lifestyle changes, dietary manipulation, supplements, and DIY complementary therapies, this book provides strategies that can help reduce back pain. The 50 things that sufferers can do include choosing beneficial foods and supplements, discovering natural anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, developing strategies to reduce pain, trying out exercises, and finding helpful organizations and products.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849531207
  • Publisher: Summersdale
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Personal Health Guides
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Keith Souter is a doctor, medical writer, and novelist with a holistic medical practice. He is the author of Cure Craft and Homeopathy for the Third Age.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Foreword by Quincy Rabot, Osteomyologist and Specialist in Back Pain and Sports Medicine 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 About Back Pain 15

1 Don't panic

2 Learn how the hackworks

3 Assess the type of back pain that you have

4 Understand the causes of back pain

5 Determine to reduce your risk of back trouble

6 Visit your GP

Chapter 2 First Aid for Acute Back Pain 31

7 Rest for a short period only

8 Take painkillers

9 Take anti inflammatories

10 Try a rubefacient

11 Use hot and cold treatment

12 Have a massage

Chapter 3 Pain Management 45

13 Understand how pain is perceived

14 Use your imagination as a painkiller

15 Learn about the Life Cycle concept

16 Keep a pain diary

Chapter 4 Improve Your Posture 56

17 Look in the mirror

18 Nurture your three curves

19 Stand correctly

20 Sit properly

21 Wear sensible shoes and perhaps see a podiatrist

22 Only carry what you need

23 Don't get used to wearing a lumbar corset or using a stick

24 Make an effort to be ambidextrous

25 Try the Alexander technique or take up yoga or t'ai chi

Chapter 5 Benefit From Movement and Exercise 75

26 Keep on the move to prevent stiffness

27 Exercise to reduce pain

28 Exercise to strengthen the back

29 Exercise to strengthen your tummy

30 Choose sports that are good for the back

Chapter 6 Consider Adapting Your Lifestyle 87

31 Stop bad habits

32 Cut out the junk food and aim for a healthy BMI

33 Use anti-inflammatory food and spices.

34 Consider taking supplements

35 Get help at work

36 Learn to lift properly

37 Choose the right bed

38 Enjoy your sex life

Chapter 7 Be Positive About Your Back 107

39 Be an optimist

40 Be independent

41 Don't hold grudges

42 Meditate

Chapter 8 DIY Complementary Therapies 116

43 Try acupuncture and acupressure

44 Use reflexology

45 Try herbal remedies

46 Get help with homoeopathic remedies

47 Use hydrotherapy at home

48 Use gravity to help your back

49 Apply a magnet or try wearing a copper bracelet

Chapter 9 Who Else Could Help? 135

50 Consider seeing a specialist

Jargon Buster. 139

Helpful Reading 144

Useful Products 146

Directory 150

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