Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

A number of alternative treatments are available that may help ease symptoms of back pain. Always discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor before starting any new alternative therapy.

  • Chiropractic care. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see a chiropractor.
  • Acupuncture. A practitioner of acupuncture inserts sterilized stainless steel needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Some people with low back pain report that acupuncture helps relieve their symptoms.
  • Massage. If your back pain is caused by tense or overworked muscles, massage therapy may help.
  • Yoga. There are several types of yoga, a broad discipline that involves practicing specific postures or poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Results of a few clinical trials suggest that yoga offers some benefit for people with back pain.
Sep. 11, 2012

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