Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture for Back Pain
Lower back pain is something that most of us have experienced at least once in our lives. It could be from a weekend of playing touch football, or something as simple as picking a piece of paper off the floor. Luckily, a few days of rest and maybe an Advil are enough to soothe those stressed and cramped muscles, but for some, it can lead to chronic, long- term back pain. Some common diagnoses from your primary care provider might be sciatica, herniated discs, or something as simple as spasming lower back muscles. If you are looking for an alternative treatment, pain associated with these diagnoses could be decreased by acupuncture for back pain.
Chronic pain is pain that frequently occurs or is constant for an extended period of time. In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s often diagnosed as cold damp congestion, or hot damp congestion. These are just another way of describing the stiff, achy feeling that comes when it’s cold and damp outside, or hot, burning sensations that occur with arthritis pain. Acupuncture for back pain works well for these symptoms.
The specific areas of the lower back affected are called the lumbar and sacral regions. The lumbar vertebrae are larger than the other vertebrae in the spine to support the weight of the rest of body. Between each vertebrae are intravetrebral discs that consist of a jelly-like substance. These discs act as a soft cushion and shock absorber for the stresses the body encounters in daily life.
There are many bone and disc degeneration disorders such as spinal stenosis (degradation of the bone in the vertebrae), or herniated discs (rupturing of the disc causing leakage or bulging). Herniated discs can cause pain, as can the muscles themselves within the lower back. The muscles most commonly affected in lower back are the erector spinae group, quadratus lumborum, iliop- soas, the gluteals in the buttocks, and the abdominal muscles (these muscles are opposing muscle groups for balance. Weakness of the abdominal muscles can cause an increased curve of the spine that can lead to pain).
Acupuncture works well alone, or in conjunction with other therapies to decrease flare-ups of chronic low back pain. Not only can it treat the pain and other symptoms you may be experiencing (e.g. decreased mobility and flexibility), but it can also treat the underlying cause of the pain and why you experience it so frequently.
*Contact Calandra Center for Health and Wellness in Chicago or Arlington Heights location to learn more if acupuncture for back pain might help you.