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Doylestown Chiropractor TIGHT MUSCLES? CONSUMER REPORTS SUGGESTS SOME NONDRUG MEASURES

Doylestown Chiropractor    
Release Date: 03/17/2010
Consumer Reports Health News — March 2010
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A recent analysis by Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs found that use of muscle relaxants for back pain and stiffness was relatively ineffective and potentially dangerous. Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith, for example, reportedly abused the muscle relaxant carisoprodol (Soma and generic), in combination with other drugs. Consumers should avoid carisoprodol because it may be more likely than other muscle relaxants to lead to addiction and abuse. Muscle relaxants can also cause sedation, which increases the risk of car crashes, falls, and other accidents.

Spasms, stemming from back or neck pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, or other forms of musculoskeletal pain, often respond to heating pads or hands-on therapies such as massage or spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care, for example, was the most effective treatment for lower-back pain in a recent Consumer Reports survey. Other research suggests that acupuncture, biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga may help some people, too. If those nondrug measures don’t help, over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) or ibuprofen (Advil and generic) generally work as well as muscle relaxants. If these options don’t work, then it’s worth exploring the use of a muscle relaxant. Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs recommends generic cyclobenzaprine. Log on to http://www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org and click on “Prescription Drugs” to access Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.

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