Back Pain and Acupuncture

The hectic lifestyles of today take a significant toll on the human body and generally, people tend to ignore these health issues—enabling the problems to build up over time. One such health issue that has been relevant for quite some time is back pain. A human’s back has to deal with different forces throughout the entire day, such as sudden twisting, jolts, awkward movements, and poor standing or sitting posture. As a result, the spine’s interconnected and overlapping structures are prone to injuries, which can subsequently cause chronic and acute back pain. Prolonged sitting and intense running can also change the spinal structure, leading to disc and ligament problems.

Proper diagnosis of back pain is very important in order to administer an appropriate treatment plan. There are two main categories of back pain:

1) Acute pain: the pain starts suddenly and stays up to six weeks.
2) Chronic pain: the pain develops and lasts for more than 3 months and causes recurring problems.

Back pain can also be affected by other medical problems such as arthritis, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and insomnia.

Back pain can affect people of any age. Aging increases the chance of developing back pain as older people are more prone to disc herniations, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and muscle tightness.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

The symptoms of back pain generally include pain anywhere in the back, which sometimes travels down to the thighs and ankle areas. The back pain can be shooting, burning and dull aching.

What are the treatments available for back pain?

Persistent back pain should be appropriately treated, and one such treatment that has gained popularity in Western society in recent years is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an effective way to treat back pain, and next, we will learn how Acupuncture works to alleviate back pain.

According to acupuncture theory, pain is caused by the blockage of the smooth flow of “Qi”. Qi is a life force energy that flows through the meridian channels of the body. Acupuncture points are located on these meridian channels, and these acupuncture points (needle piercing points) are located along every nerve, tendon, muscle, blood vessel—connecting every part of the body from head to toe.

Acupuncture treatment for back pain involves the insertion of very thin needles at the specific acupuncture points to balance the nervous system and the endocrine system and to alleviate pain. The acupuncture needles may be inserted at various points from a depth of one to two inches and are left in for 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the affliction that is being treated.

Acupuncture at select points on the meridian instructs the brain to releases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, which are hormones that alter the perception of pain. Acupuncture also causes the release of cortisol that affects the immune system and reduces the inflammation and swelling of the nerves. Acupuncture helps Qi flow freely through the meridians, so the balance in the body can be restored. Acupuncture can also enhance the pathway from the brain to the spinal cord to control the pain level. When people are relaxed, this inhibitory pathway for back pain will be enhanced.

Li Zheng and Changhong Zhou, Boston acupuncturists, have successfully treated thousands of patients with their over thirty years of clinical experiences, and have cured countless sufferers of back pain.

Acupuncture not only cures ailments but also restores physical and emotional balances that are the root causes of health issues. Acupuncture has no side effects if experienced acupuncturists use it to treat back pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other health issues, except for the occasional bruise. Additionally, acupuncture can be used for patients of all ages. Acupuncture has a cumulative therapy effect, where each session builds upon the progress made in the previous one; as a result, it brings about a complete healing process after 12 to 24 acupuncture sessions.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Reinstates body balance
  • Enhances the body capacity to heal
  • Lowers Stress
  • Optimizes hormones and increases fertility
  • Reduces edema, swelling, inflammation, and pain
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Enhances the production of growth hormones to help the body to repair

At Boston Chinese Acupuncture Clinic, acupuncturists utilize not only needle piercing treatments, but they also use a combination of other treatments like acupressure, cupping, Chinese herbs, and electro-acupuncture, all depending on the patients’ medical condition.

Also Read: How Effective Is Acupuncture For Back Pain?

Types of treatments offered by the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic are as follows:

  1. Moxibustion: moxibustion is a form of herbal heat therapy, and it is used in numerous healing processes. Moxibustion is administered with a moxa stick, made from an herb called mugwort.
  2. Cupping Therapy: This treatment is used mainly to treat sore, painful, and tense muscles. Cupping creates a vacuum seal giving a feeling similar to a reverse massage.
  3. Electro-Acupuncture: a variant of acupuncture in which electrical currents are sent through acupuncture needles. This treatment has proven to alleviate pain, swelling and speed up healing.
  4. GuaSha: performed by applying pressure strokes using a scraping instrument. This treatment is used for many ailments, including muscle aches.

The above treatments are among the host of other therapies offered at the Boston Chinese Acupuncture Clinic. The clinic has earned a reputation for treating the patient holistically and effectively for the past 20 years.

It is advised that one should seek professional help and treatment for any type of health issue. Patients afflicted with back pain often suffer from many other health issues. In such cases, it is therefore advised that one should seek holistic treatment so that other issues along with back pain can be addressed in the same treatment.