Lower back pain? Bummer.
I have intermittent back pain at the thoracic level
Over the years, I’ve tried several things, including physiotherapy and analgesics. Both helped a bit at the time. Prescription analgesics were fine as long as I didn’t mind being off my face.
At one point my very conservative uncle recommended this Vietnamese acupuncturist. One treatment, no more pain,and for years.
Came back again after I retired,quite severe. I was either out of it from the pills or throwing up with the pain. My family doctor opined that “a good chiropractor can work wonders” In desperation, I went to this bloke. Felt a bit better after the first session. After the second session, the pain was gone didn’t return for over 10 years.Recently, it has returned. If the pain gets strong, I take a couple of pills and go and lie down.
Having said all that, I feel I should add a couple of caveats about the alternative treatments I tried:
As far as I’m aware, there is no science behind either acupuncture or chiropractic.
How then how did they work? Did they work?
My best guess; a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy***.IE had treatment, pain gone, THEREFORE the treatment removed the pain.
Plus the placebo effect.
From my time as an army medic, I became convinced that the placebo effect CAN work, but is unreliable.
**IMO one of THE fallacies found in religious/spiritual beliefs going back to the neolithic EG Shaman does an energetic little dance around the fire whilst praying for rain. Shortly after, it rains. Obviously the shaman has made it rain with his dance and prayers. .
Most egregiously in the present day: Before a person can be canonised, the catholic church requires two verified miracles. That means a person must have prayed to the dead person up for canonisation and a miracle has occurred attributable to the dead person’s intercession [with god]. I have no idea how the church can possibly make such a claim, but they’ve been getting away with it for centuries.