With so many different ways to go about treating back pain and sciatica, it can often be hard to weed out the legitimate techniques that have been shown to have results from the mumbo-jumbo that spreads around the internet. Here at Progressive Health and Rehab, we like to make sure that individuals understand all the options available to them as they try and navigate the difficult field of medicine. Whether you’re having upper back pain or symptoms of sciatica, we can help you find pain relief. However, as you look at all your options available, don’t get caught by some of the crazy therapies that individuals have used over the years to try and find relief. We cover some of the more interesting therapies that have been, and are often still used, to help relieve back pain and why they probably won’t work for you when you keep reading.

Botox

Botox may seem like an odd therapy for back pain, however, there is a little bit of logic behind using this wrinkle-reducer for pain relief. While not proven to work for back pain or sciatica, Botox is an injection that blocks the neurotransmitters in the muscles in order to inhibit them from contracting. If your pain is directly related to muscle tightness, Botox may be a last-ditch effort that could work. While it has the potential to work, there are no studies that directly address this usage, and it’s a very expensive, often out-of-pocket treatment option.

Reiki Healing

Reiki healing, also known as energy healing, is an old Japanese technique where a Reiki healer helps to redirect energy so that the body can heal itself. The idea is that the body holds the memory of trauma and continued pain. An energy healer is able to redirect positive energy to eliminate the pain and help remove the trauma that is being held there. While Reiki has roots dating back hundreds of years in Japanese culture, it can be a hard treatment to get on board with if you are a strong believer in Western medicine.

Magnets

Magnets have been used in a variety of treatment options for many different problems. However, there are some schools of thought that think that by placing magnets on someone’s back, it can help to block the transfer of pain receptors. There is also another school of thought that believes that utilizing magnets as a form of therapy can help to increase blood flow. Since magnets are not dangerous for most people, while it may not help, it certainly can’t hurt. However, if you have pacemaker or insulin pump, avoid the use of magnets.

Cupping

Of all the unusual treatments for back pain and sciatica that have been used, cupping is probably one of the most accepted and logically helpful of the various unusual treatments. Cupping originated in Eastern medicine and can be used to varying degrees. It’s goal is to help improve circulation and to help stretch the fascia that surrounds tight muscles. On one extreme, some cultures even use it to pull blood out of the body through the skin.

Apitherapy

You probably haven’t heard of apitherapy, but have you ever heard of bee sting treatment? They’re one in the same, where bee venom is used to help alleviate pain in joints and tissues. This practice is thought to help increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve positive neurotransmitters in the brain. However, because it’s a practice that uses honeybee venom, you better be sure that you aren’t one of the small percentage of individuals that are allergic to bee stings.

If you’re looking for solutions to back pain or sciatica, instead of going out on a limb trying the above techniques, trust your local Gahanna chiropractor at Progressive Health and Rehab to help you out. Schedule your appointment today.