Dealing with back pain has come a long way from the old days when you, well, just had to deal with it. Now there are innovative ways to help ease your suffering. Some require a simple surgery and others are non-invasive. If you don’t have to live with the hurt, then there is no reason to.
It’s hard to imagine having cement in your spine will make it hurt less, but that’s exactly what happens. The technique uses balloons to inflate compressed bones in your vertebrae and fill it with a special kind of cement to hold it in place. There is no reason to let a compression fracture keep you from living a full, pain-free life. Ask your doctor about kyphoplasty Jacksonville FL or in your town.
Just like the oddity of cement in your spine, mild electrical shock can also help ease your back pain. A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator attaches to your back with electrodes and gently sends electrical pulses to your pain points. TENS works because it stimulates the production of endorphins while at the same time tricking the pain receptors in your brain to slow or stop the pain signals.
Cupping is both innovative and old school – really, really old school. Around since about 300 A.D, cupping involves creating a suction on your skin that increases blood flow to the pain area. Although you could use an animal horn, modern health care professionals rely on sterile cups designed specifically for this pain-relieving technique. The heated rim creates a vacuum that draws the skin into the cup which in turn promotes healing at the cellular level. You will probably end up with a few temporary red rings on your back, but your lumbar will thank you in the long run.
If over-the-counter medicine isn’t cutting it for pain relief, it may be time to look into some alternate, lesser known therapies. Don’t be afraid to explore something unusual as it may be the key to pain-free living.
Whether you live in the Baltimore area and want a day outing or are planning a visit for your next vacation, remember that you can’t always count on the weather to cooperate. Here are three feel-good activities indoors and away from the big crowds.
1. Indulge in Self-Care
Laser hair removal falls under the self-care umbrella that is so popular these days and can be done in a matter of minutes. It does require more than one session, but it is one of the longest-lasting methods of hair removal. It takes the place of months of waxing, tweezing, and shaving, all of which are tedious jobs. If comfort or pain is a concern, there are laser hair removal Baltimore options that even implement the use of cooling devices during treatment.
2. Visit a Unique Niche Museum
The Baltimore area is packed with museums and the niche market is noteworthy. Options include the B & O Railroad Museum, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. If those do not sound appealing, try the National Museum of Dentistry; the collection includes George Washington’s dentures and vintage toothbrushes, among other things.
3. Meditate With Buddhists
The fourth-largest religion in the world is Buddhism, and Baltimore is home to several Buddhist centers. These facilities not only welcome visitors but encourage them by offering free daily meditation sessions. Most facilities also offer courses or training work on at least one or two different styles of meditation. One location features meditation, courses, contemplative arts, daily sittings, and dinner with fellowship once a month. It’s a great way to try and tap into some spiritual enlightenment or just have a new experience.
Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls all have their appeal and can be great sources of fun, too. Remember to try new things and take different approaches. It’s good to be in a great city like Baltimore that offers so many different options for entertainment, inside and out.