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Acupuncture and Back Pain

Are you one of the millions of people suffer with low back pain? Back pain is one of the most prevalent reasons people seek health care. Millions of working days and countless hours of activity and fun are lost each year due to back pain. Let Acupuncture help.

Common Causes of Back Pain Often Treated with Acupuncture

Strains  often caused by a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force and sprains  resulting from overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back. Back pain also can come from a herniated disc, which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae. Sciatica is another common form of back 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.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Looks At Back Pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) vocabulary is very different from Western medicine. TCM differentiates patterns of back pain.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at patterns of back pain. Common patterns include:

  • Deficiency type pain
  • Qi and Blood stagnation
  • Pain due to Cold Damp Obstruction

Pain that results from deficiency is usually dull, chronic, and improves with rest and can be more common in middle aged and elderly people.

Pain from stagnation is more severe and stabbing in nature. Usually there will seem to be a stiffness and tightness in the muscles and it worsens with rest. Acute sprains and strains often are the culprit. But it can reoccur chronically, which may indicate an underlying deficiency.

Pain from cold damp obstruction is worse in the morning, and can seem worse with damp, cold weather. This condition can improve with heat but may be accompanied by numbness, swelling and a sense of heaviness.

Are you having back problems? Consider giving Acupuncture a try to help. Back problems are a frequent reason people make appointments with acupuncturists. Give us a call 480-671-517.

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