The installation of an electrical stimulator could eliminate lower back pain – TENS
Perhaps the wrong end of the century?
While 10% of world population suffers from back pain, this innovation was developed by the Irish company Mainstay Medical and it could change everything. A clinical study, revealed by Le Parisien in its edition on Thursday, March 27, showed the beneficial effects of the installation of an electrical stimulator in the lumbar.
Chronic low back pain is usually related to poor control of the muscles by the nervous system, not allow good stabilization of the spine. A phenomenon generates pain in the lower back region.
A relief, rare risks
For neck pain, a US study published in 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that after twelve weeks of treatment, 57% of patients followed by a chiropractor saw their pain decrease of 75%. After one year, 53% were still relieved against 38% of those who had taken painkillers or relaxants.
The most serious but also the rarest is tearing of an artery during cervical manipulation. Again, the figures are vague: between 1 case per 400 000 and 1 case per 5,000,000.
Where a chiropractor?
All professionals are trained in six years according to international standards. The association provides an online directory on its website. There is also a list of mutual that supports chiropractic lacking of reimbursement by the social security system.
Physiotherapy: prevention of relapse
It has long existed even if, according to scientists, nothing proves effectiveness. “Physiotherapy is an empirical method that seeks to enter the scientific circle and is now trying to validate its efficacy by the evidence, but today we have very little evidence” confirmation of French Escarpment, President of the Afrek (French Association for Research and Evaluation in physiotherapy).
According to the Health Authority, physical therapy is indicated for lumbago in relapse prevention, but not treatment. In this case, Medicare reimburses fifteen sessions, renewable once with its prior agreement.
For a non-paralyzing attack of sciatica, the McKenzie method (specific exercises for postural correction to reduce pain) has demonstrated its effectiveness.
Backache: which solution?
Other techniques can be proposed as the Mezieres method: stretching postures that relax the muscle chains. The physios have several types of treatment for many kinds of pain.
Massages: “This is the essential technique. Massages help release muscle, heat the pain areas to stretch it out which trigger the pain area to be more comfortable. An undeniable relief varies from people.
Rehabilitation: for back pain, rest is harmful. The patient must learn to move without getting hurt. On the program: strength training, stretching and postural exercises will be helpful.
Analgesic Electrotherapy: TENS devices (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is effective on all types of pain, with a good level of scientific evidence. The passage of a low frequency electric current boosts endorphins by the body, calming hormones which reduce pain. Continue reading “Backache: Electrical Stimulation to Treat Low Back Pain” »