Acupuncture for Back Pain

Common Causes of Back Pain and how Acupuncture can help:

  • Sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back)
  • Strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting.
  • Herniated disc, which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae.
  • Sciatica is another common form of back pain.*

*Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that extends down into the buttocks and leg, which comes from an irritation of a larger nerve in the lumbar spine called the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can accompany sprains, strains, herniated discs as well as back pain emanating from other sources.

How does Acupuncture help?

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture works to restore harmony and energetic balance to the body, by stimulating natural healing and alleviating pain.

Local (at the site of pain) and distal (away from the area of pain) needles can be used to help resolve the problem.

Distal points are very important, especially in acute pain.

Needles can be placed in areas other than the back and you can get excellent and quick relief.

There are many local points on the back and often I will palpate your body to find the most sensitive spots and needle those.  Generally, it is advisable to have frequent treatment initially and taper off as the pain diminishes.

Acute back pain can often be cleared in a few sessions, while deeper underlying aliments such a sciatica may take longer.

 

 

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