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  1. #1
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    Question Sting therapy for low back pain

    After extracting 4 heavy mediums with a 2 frame hand crank yesterday my lower back was not happy this morning. From what ive been reading about with sting therapy I thought Id try and take some stings in the area of my lower back where the tightness is-I did 2 stings this am but 8 hrs later no immediate noticeable change really-I'd love to hear opinions from beekeepers on this as a possible alternative pain management tool for low back pain? I read somewhere that the venom is 100 times more powerful than cortisone but you need at least 12 stings in the area to benefit from the full effects? Id also like to know if anyone has seen a sting map-of the specific areas to sting?

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    If your low back pain is muscle soreness or stressed muscles, then beestings won't help. The do help arthritis and nerve pain from damaged discs. If it's muscle pain, then try doing sittups every other day to build up some strength in the lower abdomen, which will help strengthen your lower back.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    In addition to doing stomach crunches (easier on the back than traditional situps) you need to look at back stretching exercises.
    If you wait until those back muscles go into spasms you will likely end up with herniated disks....so don't ignore the warning signs.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    I had some bees give me some therapy in my low backside once... You won't like it. :P


    And please do take care of that lower back. I had surgery back in 91, thanks to a drunk driver.

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    If your lower back hurts, stretch your hamstrings.

    I was a massage therapist in another life.
    Kevin
    Milton Township, Michigan (near South Bend, Indiana)

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    Hey Nate,
    You're a beekeeper now, for sure. Definition of a beekeeper? Someone who has or will have a bad back. I suspect that the injury or strain to your back came from taking that honey off of the hives. You may have lifted or turned incorrectly. Give it some time. You back will feel better.

    In the mean time, if you want more practice taking off honey let me know.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    I use beestings on my shoulder and elbow for tendonitis on a regular basis. It works great for tendinitis, but otherwise it just hurts.

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