Acupuncture for Low Back Pain
One of the most common conditions that we get calls for at Circle of Health is chronic back pain. More than just a case of discomfort; back pain affects mood, sleep, focus, work productivity and your overall quality of life.
Some common causes of back pain are poor posture, improper lifting, lack of regular exercise, an accident or injury, or spinal conditions like herniated discs.
Seeing your doctor to rule out any serious medical complications is an important first step. When you see your doctor, they may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, narcotics, muscle relaxants, or cortisone injections. These medications may help ease the pain in the short-term but offer no corrective treatment. Your doctor may also suggest surgery if the pain or injury is severe.
Other common treatments include ice and heat, physical therapy, joint manipulation; like chiropractic, stretching, or massage.
Acupuncture is well known for its success treating many forms of pain, including back pain. It is quite common for people to seek out acupuncture when other methods haven’t worked.
Acupuncture works best in a series of treatments. Back pain can be acute/short-term or chronic, to effectively treat pain we have to consider how long you have had the pain and its severity. For example, back pain for 3 months may take 7 to 10 treatments to resolve, while 5 to 10 years of back pain may take several months of continual care.
Acupuncture to Treat Back Pain
Acupuncture treatments can help resolve the back pain, but it is often only half of the picture. The other half is education on creating new habits that directly address the source of the pain. Learning better posture habits, regular mindful exercise, increased awareness of body position and movement are all important to creating lasting change. Often changing chairs, work positions, and even new footwear can be supportive to a healthier spine and eliminating pain. Anti-inflammatory diet and weight loss may also be suggested.
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Corrective exercise, manual therapy, along with diet and herbs may be prescribed. Corrective care has many collateral benefits including reduced stress, better sleep, improved clarity, improved productivity, and improved mood.
Stages of care include relief, correction, and maintenance care. Relief care is reducing or eliminating the pain. For best results, this involves an initial intensive series of treatments of two to three times a week. Each treatment builds upon the previous one to get the fastest and longest lasting relief. Unfortunately, this is where most people stop. The pain is reduced or gone, but often the underlying cause may still be present.
The second phase, corrective care, is where we work to correct the underlying cause of the dis-function and pain. This can take some time and often requires increased awareness and new habits, as well as stabilizing the results of the treatments.
The last stage of maintenance makes sure the results of treatments take hold and become permanent. Regular acupuncture care help maintain health and high quality of life.
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