Heat for Back Pain
Heat may be a better alternative for relieving low back pain
A study in the journal Spine reports that
heat may be a better alternative for relieving low back pain
than over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin,
and others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol and others). The study
of 371 people with low back pain found that a 40 degree Celsius
(104 degree Fahrenheit) heat wrap worn for 8 hours a day improved
muscle stiffness and flexibility more than either drug.
From The Johns
Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50, September 2002.