The term alternative medicine encompasses a wide array of treatments, which may include acupuncture, yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Although supporting research is limited, many patients experience positive progression and relief from pain as a result of alternative treatments.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncturists insert very fine needles (sterilized and disposable) into precise points on the body called Meridians. The purpose of acupuncture is to restore a healthy flow of energy throughout the body.
- Yoga – Yoga works to integrate the mind, body and spirit, incorporating ethical disciplines, physical postures, gestures, breathing exercises and meditation.
- Pilates – Pilates is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises that involves exercises performed using specialized equipment that both supports and challenges functional movements.
- Tai Chi – Tai Chi has demonstrated usefulness in the prevention and treatment of certain problems such as back pain. Tai Chi is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and gentle on the spine. Many people with back pain use it as an adjunct to traditional medical approaches