If you are considering going for spinal decompression therapy, you may also be wondering about some over-the-counter remedies that are not painkillers. In case you are wondering which OTC remedies you could use for back pain: there are heating pads, muscle rubs, and all kinds of ointments designed to help relieve the pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, and other back problems.

While these remedies may work for a short time, in many if not all cases your condition will remain or even get worse. At some point, you will have to start looking for other methods to help control your pain or even be completely pain free.

There is no question that simply masking the presence of pain is not as useful as getting rid of the source of the pain. Interestingly enough, when your back hurts, there are very few procedures that can address the core issue. Basically, surgeries, cortisone shots, and shock treatment will not realign the discs and cartilage in your back. In a similar way, none of the currently available over-the-counter remedies can duplicate the kind of manipulation required to put your back into optimal alignment.

Even though OTC remedies can help give you some time to think about your options, it is best to do some research on the benefits and issues associated with each form of treatment for your condition.

Chances are, at this stage, there are a number of treatments that you believe you would not have under any circumstance. Cortisone shots can cause all sorts of related problems that might not be worth the instant pain relief to you. Surgery can certainly be an option in many cases but it is a rather drastic one, not even talking about the costs and risks envolved or the aftercare it will take to get you back to your normal self.

On the other hand, if you are not disturbed by the idea of going for chiropractic treatments, then you might find computer guided spinal decompression therapy more suitable than palliative OTC remedies. This type of chiropractic treatments not only offers short-term relief but is also actually dealing with the root cause of your problems, thus forming a big part of a long-term solution.

If you are serious about addressing your back pain and become painfree again, talk to your doctor about the possibilities of having spinal decompression therapy before thinking about the more drastics options available these days.