Complementary Healthcare Services for Wantage and Surrounding Areas
34a Market Place, Wantage, Oxfordshire. OX12 8AH
Telephone 01235 760079
Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
If you’ve ever seen a doctor for back pain, you’re not alone. An estimated 85% of people experience back pain severe enough to see a doctor for at some point in their life. Yet despite how common it is, the precise cause of pain is often unclear. And a single, best treatment for most low back pain is unknown. For these reasons, doctors’ recommendations tend to vary. “Standard care” includes a balance of rest, stretching and exercise, heat, pain relievers, and time. Some doctors also suggest trying chiropractic care. The good news is that no matter what treatment is recommended, most people with a recent onset of back pain are better within a few weeks — often within a few days.
What’s the role of chiropractic care?
Some doctors refer back pain sufferers to a physical therapist right away. But many people with back pain see acupuncturists, massage therapists, or a chiropractor on their own. Experts disagree about the role of chiropractic care, and there are not many high-quality studies to consult about this approach. As a result, there are a number of questions regarding the role of chiropractic care: Should it be a routine part of initial care? Should it be reserved for people who don’t improve with other treatments? Are some people more likely to improve with chiropractic care than others?
The answers to these questions go beyond any academic debate about how good chiropractic care is. Estimates suggest that low back pain costs up to $200 billion a year in the US (including costs of care and missed work), and it’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. With the backdrop of the opioid crisis, we badly need an effective, safe, and non-opioid alternative to treat low back pain.
A recent study on chiropractic care for low back pain
A 2018 study published in JAMA Network Open is among the latest to weigh in on the pros and cons of chiropractic care for treating low back pain. Researchers enrolled 750 active-duty military personnel who complained of back pain. Half were randomly assigned to receive usual care (including medications, self-care, and physical therapy) while the other half received usual care plus up to 12 chiropractic treatments.
After six weeks of treatment, those assigned to receive chiropractic care:
A number of studies have found that these areas (see below) contain extremely high rates of nonagenarians and centenarians, which are people who live over 90 and 100, respectively. In these areas, people don't try to be healthy, their environment naturally encourages it through food, sunshine, sleep and movement.
Another commonality to Blue Zones is that those who live there primarily eat a natural unprocessed 95% plant-based diet. Although most groups are not strict vegetarians, they only tend to eat meat around five times per month and they only drink moderately if at all. Caloric restriction and periodic fasting are common in Blue Zones. Both these practices can significantly reduce risk factors for certain diseases and prolong healthy life.
Regular exercise and movement is part of their daily life. People in Blue Zones get sufficient sleep. Seven hours of sleep at night and naps of no more than 30 minutes is common.
But one of the most common factors to these area is the close social connections they have, which in some studies supercedes nutrition.
We live in an increasing cafe coffee culture which has tapped into our busy tired lives and gives us a much needed boost ...... or does it? Coffee is highly addictive, and for people who think they need a coffee to get going, they are actually suffering withdrawal from the substance. Caffeine boosts adrenaline which can cause jittery hyper behaviour in some people which affects productivity and increases anxiety, this is then followed by a crash. Low energy and low mood often mean people reach for caffeine again and so a coffee / coke rollercoaster continues. Coffee can also aggravate heartburn and IBS.
I recommend no more than 2 cups of caffeine per day, and only before 1pm because it can take some people many hours to detoxify caffeine. Be aware of coffee shops, a large coffee in Costa is 4 shots of caffeine!! Decaffeinated is an option for those who love their tea and coffee, but generally this process is carried out using toxic chemicals.
If you are looking for alternatives Redbush (Rooibush) tea is healthy and tasty. You can get coffee alternatives made with barley and chicory. There are a variety of herbal teas, my favourite being the Pukka, though watch too much green tea which is also caffeinated. Make water more interesting with lemon and ginger, or mint and cucumber, or berries. For a comforting winter drink, tumeric latte with some coconut oil is delicious.