I have discussed in individual articles some suggestions for further medical research into back pain and care and not just medications. In this article I will bring them all together in a summaryfor quick reference.
- A debate needs to be had to understand exactly what requirements the NHS has in order to recommend the Alexander Technique to patients. If the medical experts believe the Technique would only suit certain individuals then the creation of an individualised patient care plan needs to be assessed as given in ‘Teaching Doctors?’ . This would ensure the maximum number of patients could benefit from the positive results given in recent medical trials (as given in the post ‘Cure No. 1’).
- An evaluation of Sarah Key’s exercises and theory with current physiotherapy recommendations for back/neck/joint pain should be done to make sure doctors are recommending the best and most up to date advice for their patients.
- The role of therapeutic massage for people who are unable to exercise to any great degree without significant pain needs to be investigated.
- Genetic links for back and neck problems. Can we have some trials please? One topic to investigate would be the effect of leg length differences.
- Heat or Ice – looking at the function of the whole back can we have better recommendations than the current one of ice when injury just happened and heat after a few days?
- Chronic pain – lets get real and have an open debate of all the layers of chronic pain and how they are linked! No blame just hard facts!
- Water – an overlooked medicine! Lets look at its affect on back pain.
- Have a look under the Major/Minor article – lots of research ideas in that post!
- What affect does our evolution into using one side of our body more (computer work etc.) have on our epidemic of back issues? See ‘Twisted?’
- Lets learn about the best parts of each country’s back care!
(Sarah does not have a medical background so it is emphasised that her blog is the result of her experiences and listening to others only. Before doing any of the suggestions contained in her blog, check with your doctor if you have any concerns on how they may affect you)