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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.

 


 


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