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Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work. Try exercise

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By MARIA CHENG

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Some doctors said most people would get better within a week or two whatever treatment they tried.

If I hear that on the phone, that's OK for me, I don't go to bother a doc and a pharmacist. But,,,

said it was too early to give up on acetaminophen

...that's lost business for them. In other words : "Gullible consumer, keep buying until the next hyped placebo arrives on the shelves...". That's not that I don't believe in modern medicine and its great advances, but let's be real, 1/3 to 2/3 of doctor advice and prescriptions are just theater and they make people waste a lot of money on useless treatments.

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They're talking about recovery times - acetaminophen still helps with the pain.

This is kind of intuitive given that Tylenol is a temporary pain reliever/fever reducer....

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Ow! I have a bad back. Take some exercise says the doc. If I could exercise it would mean I didn't have a bad back. It's like doctors telling the obese to take exercise or they'll die of a heart attack... while the exercise they prescribe could probably induce a heart attack. I work for the NHS in the UK and even I think doctors talk mince at times.

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Crunches and rows get rid of my back pain. Gotta keep the core firm.

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The only time I get really bad backaches is when I don't exercise or I have to sit for an extended period of time at work, like more than 15 hours without much movement. I've found that ibuprofen works wonders but acetaminophen just hides all the other pains that my body has and focuses the back pain in a whole different way... Not a fun way.

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Yoga!

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Yoga? Marlita, have you tried yoga with a bad back? You can't even sit up straight let alone cross your legs.

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The pain relief from acetaminophen is only temporary and the pain will come back sooner or later and in some cases will cause increase sensitivity to pain. Instead many other safe alternative therapeutic modalities to over the counter pain killers are available. Qualified chiropractic physicians have extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorder and are reliable. Massages can help reduce pain and levels of stress chemicals by slowing down your heart rate, respiration, and metabolism and lower raised blood pressure. Yoga can also help to become more aware of how your body moves and improve the function and reduce need for pain medication. So there are ways to relieve pain naturally.

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Qualified chiropractic physicians have extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorder and are reliable.

Chiropractors are not physicians at all. They have no medical training or qualifications. There isn't any scientific oversight of how they are taught, what they learn, or how they put it to use.

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Chiropractors are not physicians at all. They have no medical training or qualifications. There isn't any scientific oversight of how they are taught, what they learn, or how they put it to use.

What? They go to university to become chiropractors here, 4 years I believe. What are you talking about?

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What? They go to university to become chiropractors here, 4 years I believe.

It is training to become a chiropractor, not evidence-based medical training. They aren’t physicians, and lack the skills and knowledge to be physicians.

Chiropractors are notorious for antivaccination sentiment. That's antiscience and antimedicine.

Many believe in what they call vertebral subluxation (a bit of nonsense cooked up by D.D. Palmer) as the root of most diseases and disorders, and believe in spinal manipulation as prevention and cure. It's implausible, unscientific, ridiculous, and unsurprisingly, not backed by evidence.

Despite dishing out unproven treatments, chiropractors in Britain reacted to criticism by journalist Simon Singh with a lawsuit, although ultimately it backfired, and put their dishonest practices under the spotlight:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/mar/01/simon-singh-libel-case-chiropractors

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/jun/19/chiropractic-bca-mca-singh

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