Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain
Pain is Usually Caused by a Blockage of Chi
In Chinese medicine most pain is caused by a blockage of chi, the life force that circulates all over the body along pathways called meridians or channels. In the lower back the flow of chi can become blocked due to trauma, excessive standing or sitting, or too much lifting, all of which can strain the area. Since the adrenal glands are located in this area of the body, excess stress and the stress of working long hours can also result in lower back pain. Another cause of pain is lack of movement, which leads to stiffness and the stagnation of energy. A blockage of chi in this area can manifest not only as pain but as a reduction in the range of motion, general tension, or palpable muscle knots.
Acupuncture Can Unblock Stuck Chi
The lower back is especially susceptible to injury and stagnation because it is composed of a mostly connective tissue which is less flexible has lower blood flow than muscles. It is also easily injured because so many different muscles anchor there, pulling from every direction. This arrangement allows us to walk upright and gives us an incredible range of motion, but it puts a lot of strain on the area. One of the most important acupuncture points for lower back pain is located in the notch where the hip, spine, and sacrum all meet, the most common location of lumbar pain. Needing this point can help release a wide range of muscles and connective tissue to unblock the flow of chi and blood in the area.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they come in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. I carry formulas that are specifically for acute lower back pain as well as a few different formulas for chronic pain, especially if there is kidney/adrenal involvement. Please click here to learn more about the herbs that I carry.
As Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage can enhance the effects of acupuncture and is healing in its own right. Tuina is the foundation of these techniques, and can include anything from broad, superficial strokes to deeper, more focused pressure. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension, opening the flow of chi, and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it is included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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