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Acupuncture May Ease Chronic Back Pain

May 11, 2009 — The ancient technique of acupuncture helps relieve chronic back pain better than standard care such as medications or physical therapy, according to a new study. Even more surprising, all three acupuncture techniques tested — including a “sham” technique with toothpicks and no skin puncturing — worked better than the usual care given for the problem.… Continue reading Acupuncture May Ease Chronic Back Pain

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Understanding Back Pain – Prevention

How Can I Prevent Back Pain? In learning how to prevent back pain, keep your posture in mind. The most important preventive measure for lower back pain is practicing good posture when standing and sitting. First, analyze your posture by standing with your heels against a wall. Your calves, buttocks, shoulders, and the back of your head… Continue reading Understanding Back Pain – Prevention

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Back Pain: Medication and Addiction

People living with serious back pain have to sort through a lot of mixed messages about opioid — or narcotic — painkillers. On the one hand, you’ve heard stories about the seeming epidemic of addiction to these drugs, like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. All those celebrities checking into rehab for painkiller addiction may give you… Continue reading Back Pain: Medication and Addiction