Oh My Aching Back

by Jodi Barnett,

     A Study conducted in April, 2006 which appeared in the Journal of Surgical Neurology laid out some positive suggestions that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils might be beneficial in treating neck and back pain.  This study made me super excited because the fish oil supplements for obvious reasons provide a “safer alternative” to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids. Which are commonly used for chronic pain sufferers that bring with them a whole host of complications down the road associated with long term use. (i.e. chronic constipation, physical addiction, reduced liver function.)

     Their study consisted of 250 people with nonsurgical neck or back pain, all of which were taking NSAIDs.  For the 1st two weeks, patients received a daily dose of EPA and DHA of 2.4 grams.  Thereafter, participants were to cut the amount in half and reduce their NSAID usage over the next one to two weeks.  One month into the study, surveys were sent to study participants.  This is what the survey showed:

  • half of the patients had stopped taking any NSAIDs for their pain (59%)
  • 60% noted an overall improvement in their pain
  • 60% reported less joint pain
  • 80% were satisfied with their improvement
  • 88% would keep taking fish oil supplements

     One of the main authors of this study, Joseph Maroon, MD states, “our study adds to the numerous previously published studies showing the health benefits of omega-3 EFAs , which include blood clot prevention, pain reduction, immune system boosting and healthy blood vessel dilation.”

     So….. in conclusion….. if you are struggling with back /neck issues, maybe even circulation issues, why not give fish oils a valid try?  Please note that this study was a one month study, so expecting to take it for a day or two and if you don’t notice remarkable improvements, taking the stance that it doesn’t work for you, isn’t giving it a fair chance. 
     Remember that the distinct difference between using an Orthomolecular approach which is what you are doing when you incorporate supplements into your daily health maintenance routine, it’s not an over night bandage.  They are designed to begin to feed your body what it has been nutritionally deficient in, and for many peeps, those deficiencies have been off kilter for a good chunk of time.

Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
Operating out of Cedar Lake, Indiana
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist,
Harvested Health LLC.
ABOUT JODI:
Jodi is the owner operator of Harvest health, a Doctor of Naturopathy, Natural Health Consulting, QFA Body Assessments, has offices in Cedar Lake and Valparaiso. Her phone number is (219) 713.4789. Jodi can be reached by emailing harvestedhealth@gmail.com or visiting her website at www.jodibarnett758.com

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