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Low Back Pain - Other Treatment

You can choose from a number of treatments for your low back pain. Because some of these treatments are new or not yet well researched, they may not be covered by health insurance.

The following complementary treatments are often used for low back pain.

  • MassageMassage may reduce low back pain. It is probably most effective if you also learn to do actionset.gif exercises for your back and learn the best ways to actionset.gif lift and move to protect your back.2
  • BiofeedbackBiofeedback hasn't been well studied as a treatment for low back pain. Recent research hasn't shown that biofeedback is effective for controlling low back pain.
  • AcupunctureAcupuncture may help reduce pain and increase the ability to be active for a short time after treatment but not any more than other treatments.3
  • Acupressure uses pressure on certain points in the body to decrease symptoms. Small studies suggest that acupressure reduces pain and allows a person to be more active.4
  • Relaxation techniquesRelaxation techniques can help reduce muscle tension, stress, and depression.
  • YogaYoga is another way to stay active and get help with relaxation and managing stress. Small studies suggest that yoga classes may help people with chronic low back pain control their symptoms and stay more active.5, 6 It is not clear whether yoga is more helpful than other activity or treatment for chronic low back pain. There are different types of yoga. Talk to your doctor before you start a yoga program.

Here are some other treatment choices to think about:

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