As a muscle relaxant, Soma medication can work with bed rest and moist heat to ease the pain associated with back problems. Still a prescription for Soma medication seldom comes with a recommendation from the physician that the patient spend a week or more in bed. That does not, however, rule out that possibility.
There is no one treatment that can guarantee relief to all of the patients with back pain. Physicians usually try to develop a treatment program that will fit with the needs and life-style of the patient. Sometimes, men with back problems will wear a special brace while they carry out their job responsibilities. The wearing of such a brace usually follows a period of recovery. It may follow a period when the patient has used Soma medication.
Sometimes physicians recommend that a patient seek a form of physical therapy. Such therapy could include specific exercises, massage, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation. The heat and massage would act to relax the muscles, while the exercise would act to work those muscles back in shape. When necessary, the physician might suggest use of Soma medication.
Yet no physician in the 21st Century should plan to prescribe Soma medication with the same blithe abandon that doctors used forty years ago, when they were prescribing valium. Doctors had many of their patients so sedated, that they failed to notice the changing behavior in their own children. During the 1960s, many teens became high on LSD or marijuana, while their parents became enveloped in the haze of overmedication.
In fact, statistics show that during one year of that decade, physicians in the U.S. wrote more than 58 million prescriptions. No doubt a fair number of those prescriptions put bottles full of Valium in the hands of American businessmen and housewives. Some women had their lives turned upside down by taking too much medication. One writer used that fact as the basis for her book, Valley of the Dolls.
It should therefore come as no surprise that present-day physicians hesitate to write a prescription for Soma medication. They are less than eager to say to a patient, “Use Soma; buy Soma.” By the same token, today’s physicians realize that Soma is a recognized muscle relaxant. They also know that the use of a muscle relaxant can play an important part in a treatment program that promises recovery from back pain.
Some physicians encourage an exploration of several non-surgical treatments. They recognize the value of looking at certain types of alternative medicine. They realize that acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback have all been shown to eliminate certain types of back problems. Caring physicians tell their patients that at least 85% of the people with back pain can treat that problem without needing to agree to any surgical procedure.