The onset of back pain can occur simply by putting your back or spine at an odd angle. Ever since mankind has been walking upright, odd angles, and back pain have been around. So, it goes that back pain has been around forever and is definitely not a symptom of our modern culture.
We humans have been developing treatments for back pain long before what we now know in western civilization. In fact, what we now use to treat painful backs is relatively new when compared to how long people have been treating and developing treatment for bad backs.
Since most of these treatments fall outside the discipline of the AMA (American Medical Association), they are considered as alternative treatments or alternative medicine; even though they have been around and used for the treatment of back pain for centuries.
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years now and although is becoming more mainstream; it is still considered one of the alternative medicines.
Another common treatment closely related to acupuncture is acupressure. With With acupressure, the methodology is to apply pressure to very specific points of the body, with the use of only the hands and the fingers. The idea is to restore balance and realign the body's balance and thus relieving the pain.
Herbs have been used to relieve pain for thousands of years. Today's pain-relieving medications are mostly synthetic reproductions of these long-used and natural herbs. The main difference is that the synthetic reproductions often produce a lot of side effects, but the natural herbs they are based upon do not.
"Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases." Hippocrates said this, and so does those who practice Chiropractic medicine. Since 1895 Chiropractics as been around as we know it. In fact, the AMA was established in 1847, so the AMA doesn't have a big jump on the field of Chiropractics.
Since back pain has been around since the dawn of mankind, so then has the quest to relieve and cure it.
If you suffer from back pain, then you know there is no other functional pain that simply effects every movement you attempt to make with your body.
When your back hurts, you want relief. If you've not had success with traditional drugs and treatments, you may want to consider some of the alternative treatments. Especially if you may be considering some type of invasive surgery. Discuss some of these options with your healthcare provider to see if any may be right for you.