I came across this tool through a friend of mine who also suffers badly from back pain, we like to complain to each other as I guess we understand each others pain! It shows how to banish back pain yourself without the need for drugs or ointments in just 15 minutes a day! I’ll try anything if it looks good enough, and you know what? It works great. Don’t take my word for it though, see for yourself. Banish Back Pain Fast
Hi,my name is Chuck and I decided to begin a blog about muscle and tendon pain,and general muscular discomfort.
The reason I wanted to do this is that after working for over 20 years in the retail meat trade and spending (extremely) long, extended periods of time not just on my feet but also slightly hunched over a cutting table and was also lifting very heavy weights either off the floor or sometimes over my head, surprise surprise you guessed it I started to develop severe back and neck pain on a regular basis.
At first I thought that perhaps painkillers would suffice, (which they did)but of course I was only treating the symptoms and not the cause.
I have since changed careers, but my new job as a courier is also very demanding physically as I have to lift heavy boxes all day.
To cut to the chase, I have become aware that there are many many people (yourself included I’m sure) that suffer in silence on a regular basis, and have just accepted that that is what they’ll have to put up with for the rest of their lives. This simply just isn’t the case as I’ve managed to (not entirely but maybe 75%) rid myself of the aches and pains that I’d got used to and put up with for so long.
I tried just about everything,and will go into detail about each thing that I tried and provide links to videos on some things in case you aren’t sure exactly what I mean,as some people find it easier if they can visualize it.
I can’t even begin to tell you about the benefits of Thai massage. Forget about most other massage styles such as Swedish, deep tissue etc, sure they will alleviate pain for a little while, but you’ll soon be back to square one in no time.The thing about Thai massage is that it pays A LOT of attention to your feet and legs, as surprisingly a lot of the source of upper body pain will actually originate from that area. It will become apparent shortly after you begin to receive your massage that there’s “no pain,no gain” as of course the reason you’re there is because you have acute pain right? This will generally be because the source of the pain has been building over a period of time, and the only way to get rid of it is to work it out (usually quite vigorously!).
My advice to anyone wishing to get a Thai massage to help with aches and pains is to try and avoid the spa’s.Not that there’s anything wrong with them,but the type of massage that you are likely to get at a spa is usually less than adequate. This is because a spa wants you to relax and enjoy your massage, which is not what you need if you want to get rid of that pain (sorry). Try and find a Thai masseur that is more traditional and perhaps has actually trained in Thailand (this is more common than you think) and you will feel the benefits almost immediately. Other benefits include increased circulation as a good masseur should be able to get out any calcium deposits which can squeeze against veins thus decreasing circulation. Usually the recipient of a Thai massage will feel an increase in energy levels too.
Watch the YouTube video below to give you an idea of what is involved.
These techniques are similar so that is why I’ve put them together. As you will see from the video it is similar somewhat to Thai massage, and employs some similar practices. It definitely helps and can be a suitable alternative to Thai massage if a good Thai masseur is not available. However this type of massage tends to localize on the affected area, and while providing some relief the pain tends to come back more quickly than after a Thai massage, as they don’t seem to quite get to the source of the pain(although it does feel like it!).
Chiropractors provide a great deal of relief depending on the cause of your pain. They employ several different techniques to alleviate pain including soft tissue therapy (including acupuncture), manipulation of the spine and joints and other manual therapy. I found this style of treatment effective for stiff necks and spinal pain although the acupuncture (while providing instant relief) didn’t seem to last too long. I would recommend a regular ‘snapping” of the neck and spine, especially if you spend a lot of time at the computer or something similar as your posture tends to suffer no matter how hard you try to sit up properly (see the recommended correct posture below).
Balms,ointments and muscle rubs.
There are so many products available that I’m sure everyone who suffers from any muscle pain has tried one of these at one time or another.
The trouble I found with most was that usually due to the ingredients in most of these (usually some camphor,clove oil and menthol) if you’re using them anywhere other than at home,the smell can be somewhat overpowering,so is not really very good for using at work, socially etc. Of course over the years manufacturers have come up with “socially” acceptable products that smell either better or not at all.The trouble with these is that unfortunately the ingredients that have been reduced or removed are the key ingredients that actually help relieve pain in the first place!
Two products worked very well for me. At home I liked to use the proper Thai tiger balm. These small sextagonal jars will usually have a picture of a tiger on the side and embossed on the lid. It is widely available and can be bought at most drug stores, pharmacies and good grocery stores. Don’t confuse the Thai stuff with the Chinese products, as I found the Chinese one to be very ineffective. For work I found a great product called Percutane which I buy in here in New Zealand. I don’t know whether or not it’s available in other parts of the world, but it’s REALLY great for muscle pain. Unlike the Tiger Balm which heats up almost instantaneously this stuff you rub into the affected area and wait. After your muscle starts to warm up, the cream warms up with it, so the inflamed muscle/tendon gets relief when it needs it throughout the day. Fantastic stuff,and it doesn’t smell at all. Even better it’s all natural. If you can get it use it, you’ll love it I’m sure. Failing that, a great product from Blue Chill that you roll over the affected area is very good. It contains active ingredients such as glucosamine to ease the pain.
Percutane natural cream &
The REAL Tiger balm that works!
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