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Low Back Pain


One of the most common complaints in any acupuncture clinic. Perhaps nothing like acupuncture can clear up an acute flare up of low back pain. Chronic back pain also can be helped, and lasting relief found. Low back pain being the most common among chronic pain in the world, it is the only acupuncture treatment currently covered by Medicare.

This reflects not only the need Americans and people worldwide to have adequate and appropriate care for what is said to be the longest lived with debilitating condition, but also the fact that the conventional medical system unfortunately isn’t doing much to help the problem. The World Health Organization displays concern that treatments such as spinal injections and surgeries often do more to hurt patients, than to help them, “the articles summarized the strong evidence that unnecessary care, including complex pain medications, spinal imaging tests, spinal injections, hospitalization and surgical procedures, is hazardous for most patients with low back pain.”

Check out the article from the WHO, it explains how most doctors agree that an approach combining therapies such as acupuncture and yoga are best when used with any standard medical treatment, that’s referred to as inter-disciplinary medicine. Sometimes it is said it’s hard to prove, although the research sways positively in the direction of acupunctures proven abilities. I say it’s just hard to translate. Clinical trials, individual cases, and explanations from a Chinese medical perspective are the most justified contexts to view it from.

Aspects of lifestyle causing low back pain: heavy lifting, a manual labor job, repetitive strain injury, structural spinal imbalances, gynecological, pregnancies, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, scoliosis, disc herniations, exhaustion putting strain on the adrenals, spinal injections

Treatment for low back pain consists of acupuncture to treat the local muscles, and may include the surrounding and supporting structures. Or your treatment might not be in the area of pain, but in a corresponding point on the acupuncture ‘map.’ Often called distal acupuncture it’s ideal for post-op, and similar like cases because it will not irritate healing tissues. Usually, acupuncture is followed by Tuina and Shiatsu massage for 15 minutes after the acupuncture to integrate and relax the muscles and fascia.