Back pain: This alternative therapy may be ‘more’ effective than conventional therapy

BACK pain is a common complaint in the UK, with many lifestyle factors fuelling it. Evidence suggests an alternative form of therapy may be more effective than conventional methods.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: Onifer SM, Sozio RS, Long CR Abstract Chronic pain is quite prevalent and causes significant disabilities and socioeconomic burdens. Spinal manipulative therapy and other manipulative therapies are used to manage chronic pain. There is a critical knowledge gap about mechanisms and sites of action in spinal manipulative therapy pain relief, especially the short-term analgesia that occurs following a treatment. Endocannabinoids are an activity-dependent neurotransmitter system that acts as a short-term synaptic circuit breaker. This review describes both clinical research and basic research evidence suggesti...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Although Shiatsu, a kind of complementary alternative medicine, was developed in Japan and is practiced around the world, no experimental studies on Shiatsu have been conducted. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of Shiatsu therapy for chronic lower back pain. METHOD: We conducted a prospective, randomized, open, blinded-endpoint design study at St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan from 2015 to 2017. Patients with lower back pain for more than 12 weeks and a score of four or more on the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) at baseline were included in...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To ensure that 16 weeks of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) does not cause adverse effects in patients with the musculoskeletal disorders of osteoarthritis and back pain. DESIGN: We carried out a subgroup analysis on data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, "The use of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in the treatment of low back pain," to determine the safety of taking 6 g daily of MSM (OptiMSM®, Bergstrom Nutrition). We monitored metabolic parameters to determine whether MSM altered hematologic, liver or kidney function. We also monitored physiologic par...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Abstract Acupuncture has been increasingly used as an integrative or complementary therapy for pain. It is well-tolerated with little risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional acupuncture and nontraditional techniques, such as electroacupuncture and dry needling, often result in reported pain improvement. Multiple factors may contribute to variability in acupuncture's therapeutic effects, including needling technique, number of needles used, duration of needle retention, acupuncture point specificity, number of treatments, and numerous subjective (psychological) factors. Controlled trials have been published on...
Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
Source: Journal of Pain Research - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Journal of Pain Research Source Type: research
In this study, we investigated the effect of yokukansan (YKS), one of the traditional Japanese herbal medicines, on cancer pain in mouse bone metastasis model. Oral administration of YKS significantly alleviated pain behavior measured by quantitative body weight bearing. Furthermore, the pain behavior was also significantly alleviated by intrathecal and intraperitoneal administration of matrix metalloproteinase- (MMP-) 9 inhibitor, but not of MMP-2 inhibitor. MMP-9 expression was significantly elevated in the bone tissue on day 3 after carcinoma cell injection and in the ipsilateral spinal cord on day 7, which was suppress...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Conclusions: Acupuncture reduced visceral pain behavior and induced significant changes in neuronal activity as well as in the levels of pain/inflammation-related cytokines and neurotransmitters in the brain-gut axis. Further researches on the thalamus and on a standard animal model are warranted to improve our knowledge on the mechanism of acupuncture that facilitates visceral pain modulation. PMID: 31186654 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Abstract The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an extensive endogenous signaling system with multiple elements, the number of which may be increasing as scientists continue to elucidate its role in human health and disease. The ECS is seemingly ubiquitous in animal species and is modulated by diet, sleep, exercise, stress, and a multitude of other factors, including exposure to phytocannabinoids, like Cannabidiol (CBD). Modulating the activity of this system may offer tremendous therapeutic promise for a diverse scope of diseases, ranging from mental health disorders, neurological and movement disorders, pain, autoi...
Source: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Altern Ther Health Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This cross-sectional study documents that sauna-bathing participants, particularly those from Finland, Australia and the United States, are motivated to use saunas predominantly for relaxation, reporting health benefits especially around mental well-being and sleep, with relatively few adverse effects. While these results reinforce some of the known health benefits of sauna bathing, they indicate that further research and better dissemination of existing evidence is needed to fully develop the sauna's potential as a therapeutic intervention. PMID: 31126560 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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