Just last month, the American College of Physicians’ released new treatment outlines that promote natural, alternative therapies for low back pain in lieu of opioid-based treatment.
The Annals of Internal Medicine published these new evidence-based guidelines recommending that physicians and patients should treat lower back pain with non-drug therapies such as heat, massage, yoga or other natural remedies. The recommendations come as the U.S. is struggling with an epidemic of opioid addiction that often begins with a simple prescription for things like back pain. In recent years, a number of states have enacted measures aimed at curbing prescription painkillers, and many doctors around the country have reassessed prescribing practices as well.
At Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, we have seen an increase in membership for people with lower back pain who have turned to massage therapy. "Membership allows our clients more frequent spa visits at an affordable price," Doug Elman, Director of Massage Therapist Training at Hand & Stone, explained. "This in turn allows our Massage Therapists to formulate a proper treatment plan that will help our clients receive the care they need to reduce and/or eliminate both acute and chronic back pain."
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