Chronic Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for going to the doctor as well as missing work. Back pain decreases your quality of life and leads missing out on activities you would normally enjoy.
Many people with back pain often find relief in acupuncture after other treatments have not worked.
Acupuncture for Chronic Lower Back Pain
Acupuncture is over 2000 years old and has a long history of treating back pain and is also supported many research studies.
The acupuncture treatment may include electroacupuncture and cupping, along with the traditional acupuncture. Other therapies including acupressure, also known as tui na, a hands-on method of clearing blockages in the energy flow. For some people ear magnets, or auricular acupuncture, is very powerful for pain relief. The proper combination of these treatments leads to profound and long term pain relief.
My approach is personalized to each patient combining many therapies. This approach to acupuncture helps by relaxing the back muscles, stimulating the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals, and regulating how the brain feels pain. By targeting the root of the issue, it can lead to long term improvement in the pain.
I have successfully treated back pain from many causes including: acute and chronic muscle spasms, muscular imbalances, SI joint pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and many other diseases that lead to back pain. To help illustrate an acupuncture treatment course, here is a case study for back pain from a car accident as well as one for back pain in a marathon runner.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works holistically with the body, address many levels of the pain and condition. It works to relax the muscles, stimulate healing in the connective tissues, and reset the nervous system.
Acupuncture therapy is Individualized for Each Patient
The initial acupuncture visit will have an examination and assessment of what is the root cause of the back pain. After that, I will develop individualized acupuncture treatment for that person.
The skill of effective acupuncture is matching the correct treatment to the root cause of the back pain. This involves choosing the correct acupuncture points, deciding what type of stimulation to give the acupuncture needles, and if I should use electro -acupuncture stimulation.
I also include acupressure, cupping, or gua sha as supplemental therapies for back pain. For some people we may also use ear magnets or auricular acupuncture, which is very powerful for pain relief. The proper combination of these treatments leads to profound and long term pain relief.
What Imbalances Cause Back Pain?
There is an old saying in Acupuncture. “When there is no movement, there is pain. When there is movement, there is no pain.”
Stagnation occurs when there is a blockage in the flow of energy through the back. Trauma, stress, or injury can cause the qi flow, or energy flow, in the body to slow down and get stuck. When there is no flow, pain develops. Car accidents, sports injuries, and stress can all lead to the development of stagnation.
Another imbalance is called deficiency. A deficiency implies that there is not enough energy in body. The body needs qi, or energy, in order to function healthfully. Gradual, slow, chronic onset of back pain can be a sign that there is not enough energy, or a qi deficiency.
Sometimes there is a combination of both a deficiency and a stagnation. This can take place over an extended period of time, for example, after a car accident. Pain and discomfort will linger, with no improvement, and can worsen over time.
Lower back pain treatment will most often be focused on the back itself. Needles will also be placed in other areas of the body to stimulate and increase production of the energy.