16. March 2017 · Comments Off on Important Reasons Why You Should Consider Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Your Back Pain Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Arthritis, joint pain, chronic pain, and most especially lower back pain, are some of the most common reasons why patients seek-out acupuncture treatments. For a lot of these people, Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been extremely beneficial in the relief of their pain. The question is, will it work for you?

Chinese Medicine and Pain

Joint and/or musculoskeletal pain, in Chinese medicine, is referred to as bi syndrome. Bi means blockage or obstruction In Chinese medicine terminology. The blockage will present with symptoms manifesting qualities that cause the person to feel hot or fixed, stabbing or achy pain. Some sufferers may experience some relief with rest while others may favorably respond to exercise or movement. A lot of joint or musculoskeletal disorders are set up into a subcategory of bi syndrome. The correct combination of herbal remedies and acupuncture treatment is ensured when a correct diagnosis of the kind of bi being experienced by the patient has been made. This helps alleviate and clear out the blockage of blood and qi in the problem area.

How Does Acupuncture in Boca Raton Treat Back Pain?

The local areas where the inflammation and constriction is found are known as trigger points. Acupuncture works to deactivate and eliminate these points. The pain pattern of each patient may dictate the point where the acupuncturist places the needles.

The use of both acupuncture and other forms of Chinese natural medicine facilitates healing in two ways:

1. First, pain is relieved by acupuncture’s ability to resolve stagnation, local congestion, and inflammation.

2. After the restoration of local circulation, the next task is to nourish the muscular structure, discs, and tendons to return the patient to a more subtle and mobile state.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that certain muscles can ‘throw off’ patterns of pain in certain parts of the body not affected directly by inflammation or constriction. A qualified acupuncturist is well versed in the techniques of trigger point deactivation and is more than able to identify these patterns. He/she then will place needles both distal to and nearby the painful area. This strategy gives the acupuncturist a way to tap on the meridian system of the patient’s body to treat local pain while at the same time addressing power currents deep within the body to resolve the origin of the back pain.

Studies Supporting Acupuncture’s Viability as a Treatment for Back Pain

The AIM or Archives of Internal Medicine recently published a study showing acupuncture’s superiority over allopathic treatment in relieving back pain. Sponsored by the NIH (National Institutes of Wellness) the study had 638 participants who were all suffering from back pain, and were divided into three groups. One group received no acupuncture but continued to receive conventional treatment (physical therapy or medications), one group was given placebo treatment in which the skin was stimulated but not pierced and the final group received real acupuncture.

Seven weeks later, the group that was treated with real acupuncture experienced more significant and greater improvement in their back pain compared to the group that continued their conventional therapy and the placebo group. Even the placebo group experienced significant positive results.

The results of the placebo group raised questions about the workings of acupuncture, and what it is about the therapy that sets off recovery. Around 60% of the people in the real acupuncture treatment group experienced improvements compared to the 39% of the usual-care group.

Why Use Acupuncture for Treating Low Back Pain?

It’s believed that around $40 billion is spent each year in the US for healthcare treatment of back pain and that practically 85% of all Americans will experience this condition at least once during their lifetime. Anyone who has experienced this exhausting chronic ailment knows that good and safe modalities are needed for back pain. Acupuncture is truly a cost-effective and secure option for people seeking relief from their conditions.

Being a chronic pain specialist myself, I’ve literally spent hundreds of hours training with Chinese Medicine practitioners and acupuncturists to find out how to get the most out of these treatments in order to relieve, over the long-term, the pain suffered by my patients. There are still a lot of people who are skeptical about other types of treatments for back pain, but now, there’s growing evidence that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be a potent way of alleviating pain and providing a long-term successful treatment regimen to keep patients pain-free, happy, and healthy.

24. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

For tens or possibly hundreds of millions of people around the world, back pain is a daily problem. The pain can be of a minor sort such as a mere uncomfortable twinge to a severe, excruciating type of pain that can leave a person immobile and bedridden. There are a number of conventional treatments for back pain. However, more and more people these days are opting for alternative types of treatment to avoid the use of drugs.

Complementary therapies, as with conventional ones, have many approaches to treating back pain in Vancouver. One of the best treatments they offer by far is acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing procedure that has been practiced by Chinese medical practitioners for more that 5,000 years. Ancient Chinese treatments are based on the notion that the body possesses a vital energy known as chi. Chi is deemed by Chinese medical practitioners to be the vital force that makes the body, grow, thrive and reproduce. Chi flows through energy channels called meridians. These channels are all inter connected connecting to our nervous system, muscles, internal organs and limbs.

Some researchers think that the meridians run near the skin’s surface where acupuncture points lie. When these points are manipulated or massaged it can boost chi flow, which then helps relieve the pain.

When you visit an acupuncturist, expect to be inquired about things pertaining to your health, your medical history and the purpose of your visit. You will discover that the acupuncturist may examine some parts of your body that a conventional physician would not normally examine. An acupuncturist may, for example, observe your digestive system or your tongue. After evaluating your health, the acupuncturist may them begin to insert needles at some areas in your body. Acupuncture needles used during treatment are ultra thin and are usually made out of stainless steel.

Some people find it painful when acupuncture needles are stuck in their body; however, this is not often the case with most people who find acupuncture to be a painless procedure. Instead of pain, they only sense a pricking sensation when the needles are inserted and manipulated. You do need to immediately let your acupuncturist know if you feel any discomfort and pain since acupuncture ought to be a more or less painless procedure. The typical parts of the body where acupuncture needles are inserted include the arms, legs, mid-section, ears, and head.

Not all people respond the same way during acupuncture treatment. Some get well while others may derive zero benefits from it. Some patients may need only one session while others may benefit from multiple sessions.

21. September 2013 · Comments Off on Back Pain Prevention · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

The best way to prevent back pain is to keep your body strong and to apply proper body mechanics especially when lifting heavy objects.  A good posture is also essential in preventing backaches.

How do you keep your back sturdy and healthy? Below are some of the ways you can achieve these.

Acquire and keep a normal weight – Putting on extra weight puts more strain on the musculoskeletal system of the body, especially on the vertebrae. Lose weight and the risk of getting back pain is substantially reduced.

Strengthen muscle tone and make your muscles more flexible – By toning and stretching your back and abdominal muscles, these muscles will provide enough and good support for your back. Regularly working out and toning your lower body muscles can improve their flexibility and properly align your upper legs and hips to your pelvic bones improving the function and quality of your back. You can inquire the proper exercise programs for the health of your back from your physical therapist or physician. Regular low-impact aerobic activities, particularly those that don’t strain or shock your back are great ways to improve the endurance and toughness of your back muscles making them stronger and enhance the back’s range of motion. Swimming and walking are also great activities for strengthening your back.

Apply proper body mechanics – Forming a habit using good body mechanics keeps your back protected from injury. Proper body mechanics also include developing a good posture. If you need to stand for a long time, you can relieve stress in your back by alternately perching your feet on a low footstool diverting the center of gravity of your body to your legs and feet instead of the back.

A good sitting posture and an ergonomically designed seat are also important factors in preventing back pain. Seat on a chair that has a swivel base and has good arm rests as well as adequate lower back support. To properly support the curvature of your spine, you can place a rolled towel or a small to medium sized pillow to the lower curve of your spine. Sit with your hips and knees on a level position to each other. Keep on shifting your seating position to relieve strain off certain body areas for at least every 30 minutes. When lifting an object, distribute the weight of an object to your legs. The back needs to be straight; lower your body with your legs rather than your back. Lift the object straight up and keep it close to the body to maximize your body strength. Never lift and twist at the same time.  If you think that lifting the object can be risky, ask someone to assist you.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing – Wearing high heels or tight clothing can cause muscle pain and can lead to injury in the musculoskeletal system. Blood flow is restricted and can cause body pain when you wear tight fitting clothes.  People have different clothing, furniture, pillow or shoes they feel comfortable with so it’s a matter of finding the right clothing, bed or furniture you are comfortable using that will help you prevent back pain from occurring.

13. September 2013 · Comments Off on Back Pain – Lifestyle and Home Remedies · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

A sedentary lifestyle may make you prone to developing back pain. One of the best ways to turn your sedentary lifestyle around and to remedy your back pain is to do stretching exercises. Doing some stretching exercises can help relax your tight muscles and help loosen the compression of your nerve root which might be the cause of your back pain. When you engage in stretching workouts, avoid any twisting, bouncing or jerking during the stretch. Also when you do a stretching routine be sure to hold your stretching posture for at least half a minute.

Acupuncture or Physiotherapy

Having a back massage or undergoing acupuncture for your back pain greatly helps in relieving back pain. These procedures not only help mitigate the pain but can accelerate the healing process of any back injury as well.

Diet Changes

If you can, eat a raw whole food diet for at least one day in a week.  This means solely eating vegetables and fresh fruits and/or drinking natural unprocessed fruit juices for a whole day. This type of diet will help lessen the inflammation of your spinal cord. If you have arthritis that affects your back, then it is important to abstain from eating red meat. Your doctor may recommend you take certain dietary supplements especially vitamin B- complex to help battle inflammation and to neutralize emotional and physical stress.  Soups and alfalfa salads are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that can greatly improve your condition.

Patients with arthritis can also take cider vinegar, capsaicin, chamomile, honey and ginger to build back strength and battle back pain and swelling. Herbal supplements like turmeric capsules and green tea are very good antioxidants that can help in relieving body pain including back pain.

Adequate Rest

Sometimes a good rest may be all you need to remove body stress and pain in your body. Lying down for a few hours many times a day can help reduce discomfort and soreness in the back and can help quicken the healing process as well.  It is not advisable to lie on your back for long periods of time as it can aggravate your backache by increasing muscle stiffness. Move your legs and hands from time to time to release muscle tension in your extremities.

Heat and Ice

If your back pain comes with serious muscle inflammation and/or spasms, applying ice pack over the painful and swollen areas can help relieve your pain. Using also a hot water bag on the painful area is good to help mitigate your discomfort.  You can also have a hot water bath if you want to further reduce back pain and loosen muscle tension.

If all these aforementioned home remedies and lifestyle changes seem to fail you, then you can avail of the services of a physical therapist or consult with an orthopedic doctor to chart a more effective treatment course for your back pain.

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