If you suffer with back pain, you know how hard it can be for a doctor to find the cause and a proper treatment. You may have been given medications to take away the pain but they only treat the pain, not the cause. These medications can complicate your life in other ways though, perhaps they make you drowsy and unable to work or they may be cause trouble with your kidneys or liver with continued use. Luckily, there are other ways to manage the pain so you can work and stay healthy. Give some of the following a try.

Chiropractic Treatments

A chiropractor will gently manipulate your spine, possibly moving it in a way that will take the pressure of any nerves. This can relive the pain. In addition, if a part of the spine is out of position it can cause the muscles in that area to hurt. By realigning everything you should get some relief.


A massage done by a trained and licensed therapist can help problems with the muscles in the back. It will also release endorphins and put you into a more relaxed state. You will need to see the therapist regularly for a month or so but the pain relief can last much longer than that.

Stretching and/or Yoga

Sometimes, the pain is caused when the muscles are too tight or restricted. They can put pressure onto the vertebral discs, pushing them against the nerves that run through the spinal column. This will cause pain. Stretching the muscles regularly will make them more flexible and keep them from crowding the discs and spinal column.


Acupuncture involves having tiny needles placed into your spine. They are placed very precisely to keep the pain signals from getting to your brain. While it may take multiple visits to achieve results, once you have the relief it will only take occasional visits to maintain it.

You may need to try a few different methods, or even combine them to get the needed relief, but you will be happy you did. However, most of these treatments are only temporary, they do not get to the root of the problem. Even if the problem is in the muscles, there is a reason why they are working (or not) in a manner that hurts. Your doctor can continue to look for a permanent solution to the cause of the pain. It might take a while, so it is good to have a few different methods for pain relief in case one should stop working.