Why are there people in their twenties having surgery to remove a herniated disc while some men in their late eighties live without back pain?
An important key to not suffering from back pain is to maintain a good posture. In order to keep a good posture, your lower back muscles have to hold your spine in an upright position, which requires energy and attention. The muscles may get tight by holding one position, but using acupuncture and stretching, we can quickly relax the muscles, therefore, you will not have pinched nerves or herniated discs in the future. If the protruding disc pressed nerves, the nerves will be swollen and the muscles will start to spasm as a protective reflex. If this occurs, acupuncture is a good alternative to surgery. With 14 to 24 acupuncture treatments, the swelling of the nerves and disc will be reduced and the pain level as well. On the other hand, surgery will usually cause scar tissues and while you may not have debilitating pain a few months after your surgery, you might have a chronic low-level pain all the time, and you might never regain a full range of motion again.
Acupuncture can help reduce swelling and pain.
Acupuncture can reduce inflammation to stop local irritation.
- Relaxes tendons and muscles.
- Reduces inflammation and swelling.
- Improves local blood circulation.
- Reduces the pain by increasing endorphin and serotonin.
- Reduces the anxiety by decreasing the epinephrine and the norepinephrine.
- Improves energy levels by strengthening the adrenal glands.
- Improves sleep by optimizing chemical balance.
- Induces endogenous pain killers: endorphins.
- Increases the secretion of serotonin.
- Increases the activity of descending inhibitory pathway from the midbrain to the spinal cord.
- Relaxes the muscles and tendons.
- Reduces the inflammation of nerves.
- Prevents the overdilation and over constriction of blood vessels.