Acupuncture Takes Care of a Back Spasm

Acupuncture close on backI used to have back pain and back spasms on a regular basis. Thanks to acupuncture and tai ji practice I have not had a back spasm in years.

Until last week.

A lot has been going on recently with me, moving into our new acupuncture office, we remodeled our apartment, and we have a little one on the way. I’ve had a lot on my mind. Also the New York weather has been humid which tightens my back muscles.

When my back seized up, the pain was mostly on the right side of my lumbar. My lower back was … Read More

3 Essential Back Stretches

This is the third post about how to treat back pain with acupuncture.

Back stretches and exercises are helpful to loosen your back and keep it pain free.  I use them in conjunction with acupuncture.

Here are three stretches to loosen your back, relieve tightness, and prevent pain.  Go slowly and don’t overdo it in order to avoid injury.

Bouncing

Bouncing is a great way to loosen up the back.  Place your hands on your lower back and gently bounce at the knees.   If you have tight spots, make your hand into a fist and massage them out.

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Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging pain in my neck. More than the automatic updates, the random pop-ups, or the crashing of my computer, I attribute it to sitting for long periods of time without getting up to move and stretch.

An ancient Chinese medicine saying states, “When qi moves freely, there is no pain. When qi stops, pain occurs.” Qi, the body’s energy, must circulate for good health. When its flow is impeded, pain and disease occurs. (Here is a more detailed explanation of acupuncture and pain). The details … Read More