What is Back Pain?
Back pain is pain felt anywhere along the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, and joints around the spine. The pain can ranges for cervical area with neck pain, the upper thoracic area with upper back pain, mid to low thoracic area with mid back pain, or the lumbar, sacral, and coccyx area with lower back pain.
Back Pain Facts
Back pain is the second most common neurological condition, following headache, and is one of the most frequent reasons for doctor visits. Nearly 80 percent of individuals will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
People experiencing back pain often find they have reduced dependence on medication after they begin their acupuncture treatment. Reduced pain, improvements in functional ability and enhanced quality of life are some of the benefits of acupuncture therapy for back pain.
Back Pain Symptoms
- Sudden Onset
- Chronic Pain
- Pain in One Place
- Pain Radiates to Other Areas.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is very effective for the treatment of back pain. In the treatment of back pain we will identify the location, type, and other qualities of the pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine pain is generally caused by a stagnation of qi and or blood within the body. When blood or qii cannot move freely then it results in pain.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Western Medicine uses aspirin and various pain killers for the treatment of pain. These pain killers only hide the pain by numbing the response of the pain receptors. Long term use of painkillers will reduce the effects and will cause you to increase dosage over a period of time to get the same relief. It will also have negative effect on the internal organs, specifically the liver and kidneys, and the nervous system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we may use acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping therapy, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and heat therapy to improve the flow of qi and blood within the body, and remove obstructions causing pain. These treatment do not have harmful effects.