Alternative Medicine Resources

Bringing You Natural & Effective Health Alternatives

Archive for the ‘Low Back Pain’ tag

The Best Treatment for Low Back Pain is Acupuncture

without comments

The most common reasons for getting acupuncture treatment in Overland Park are for the relief of arthritis, joint pain, chronic pain, and most especially for lower back pain. Chinese medicine and acupuncture for a lot of people has been a really effective part of their treatment plan for the relief and management of pain. But how does it work? And will it work for you?

The Chinese Medicine Perspective of Pain

Joint and/or musculoskeletal pain, in Chinese medicine, corresponds to a set of symptom known as bi syndrome. Bi, in Chinese medicine terminology, means blockage or obstruction. The blockage can lead to painful symptoms such as hot, fixed, achy, or stabbing pain. Certain people suffering from bi syndrome may find relief with rest while others patients feel better when they exercise or move. A lot of disorders of the joint and musculoskeletal system are grouped into a sub-classification of bi syndrome. If a bi syndrome type of pain is diagnosed by the acupuncturist, treatment most probably would entail the proper selection of herbal remedies and acupuncture points to break down and quell the symptoms in the problematic part of the body.

How Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain Works

Acupuncture works by deactivating and eliminating trigger points (parts of the body where there is inflammation and localized constriction). The acupuncture points to be needled are determined by the specific pattern of pain the patient exhibits.

The use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture facilitates healing in two ways:

1. First, they work to reduce pain by rectifying stagnation and local congestion and relieving inflammation.

2. After treating stagnation and congestion which normalizes local circulation, Chinese medicine and acupuncture help the body return to a more robust and mobile state by helping nourish the discs, tendons and, and muscular structure of the body.

Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that in aspects of the body that aren’t inflamed or constricted, certain muscles may be able to ‘project’ pain patterns in those areas. A qualified acupuncturist has the knowledge and skill to deactivate the trigger points as well as be able to identify these patterns. This professional can then determine what distal and nearby acupoints to needle to help remedy the pain. With this technique, the acupuncturist can stimulate the meridian system of the body in order to relieve local pain as well as resolve underlying imbalances in the flow of energy to treat the real cause of the back pain.

Research Validates Acupuncture as a Bona Fide Back Pain Treatment

The Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing acupuncture’s capacity to alleviate back pain better than Western standard treatments. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded the study that involved 638 subjects all suffering from back pain. The subjects were grouped into four with one group receiving no acupuncture treatment but resumed whatever standard plan of treatment they were on, (physical therapy or drugs). Another group was treated with placebo acupuncture, a form of acupuncture in which the skin was never pieced but was nonetheless stimulated. The other two groups both received real acupuncture treatment.

Seven weeks later, the three groups that were treated with acupuncture (including the placebo group) showed more significant and greater improvement compared to the standard treatment group. Positive outcomes were even seen in placebo acupuncture treatment.

The surprising results of the placebo acupuncture group that almost equaled that of real acupuncture led to question as to what it is about the system that sets off recovery. The standard care group had a 39 percent rate of improvement while the three acupuncture groups, tallied an average rate of 60 percent.

What are the Advantages of Using Acupuncture for Low Back Pain?

An overwhelming majority of people (85 percent) will experience back pain at least once in their life. Back pain costs Americans around US $40 billion in health care. People who have been suffering from this potentially debilitating type of ailment for a long time know only too well the importance of getting a very effective and safe form of treatment for their condition. Acupuncture is cost-effective and a really safe choice for those seeking relief for their conditions.

Practically every qualified acupuncturist is a specialist in the treatment of chronic pain. They have spent hundreds of hours training with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture teachers to know how to relieve pain and treat patients over the long-term in the safest and best way possible. Countless numbers of people have found relief through Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Of course, there are skeptics who are not convinced that acupuncture will work for them. However, there’s growing evidence that acupuncture can be an effective mode of treatment for relieving pain and acupuncturists can develop a long-term plan of treatment regimen to help patients live a happy, healthy, and pain-free life.

Written by Valerie

May 2nd, 2017 at 7:06 am

Posted in Acupuncture

Tagged with

The Benefits of Acupuncture and TCM for Low Back Pain Sufferers

without comments

In the United States, doctors have mostly received patients who complain about low back pain. This condition is probably the number one reason why people miss work. The Mayo Clinic has stated that almost all people living in the United States will experience at least one form of low back pain at least in once in their lives.

People may experience back pain from a number of possible causes. The pain might be due to a disease, deformity, body structure, or trauma. Diseases such as osteoporosis or ankylosing spondylosis will definitely generate painful symptoms. Structural deformities that can cause pain include vertebral abnormalities, stenosis, herniated discs, and possibly, even certain chronic conditions. Trauma often involves injuries and pain.

The Symptoms and Signs of Back Pain

The symptoms and signs of back pain are oftentimes varied although the common symptom is pain felt in the lumbar region of the back. The back pain is often felt in the muscles pain and is localized. Pain radiating down the legs might be felt. Other types of pain that have been reported to doctors include numbness, spasmodic pain, throbbing pain, dull pain, and stabbing pain. There is back pain that can travel all the way down to the toes causing them to numb. Potentially debilitating back pain can make it difficult for a person to walk. Frequently, especially if a person has arthritis, back pain can get worse during changes in the weather.

Treatment Choices

Treatment options for low back pain are varied and many, if not all of them, involve medications, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds, to be exact. A lot of times, the spinal cord of the patient will be in such bad shape that surgery may be the only available option. There are a couple of excellent alternative treatments for treating low back pain that is much better than any other Western treatments available. They are Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is actually an integral component of Chinese medicine or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for low back pain in Vancouver. According to the belief held by TCM practitioners, the human body possesses a vital energy known as Qi that flows all over the body via energy conduits known as meridians. Whenever Qi flow slows down due to blockages in the meridians, the body gets out of balance and develops sickness and pain. When the body suffers from low back pain, it is always often due to a stagnation of blood and Qi that may be exacerbated by other factors such external pathogens (cold and wind infiltration), Qi deficiency, and blood and Qi stagnation all of which can cause pain. TCM practitioners believe that one of the meridians and major organs to be affected is the kidney meridian. Acupuncture is needed to restore balance in the body to allow Qi to flow better and to strengthen the self-healing mechanisms of the body.

Regardless if your low back pain is chronic or acute, acupuncture will still be a viable treatment for it. When you suffer from acute back pain, acupuncture will be able to resolve the condition with just a few treatments. The number of treatments may be more and may take longer for chronic back pain cases, and more often than not, patients will also need to undergo preventative or maintenance treatments. Low back pain caused by arthritis, stenosis, herniated disc, and sciatica can be treated with acupuncture treatment.

Written by Valerie

October 22nd, 2015 at 12:13 am

Posted in Acupuncture

Tagged with

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

without comments

This article talks about a 54 year-old woman who had been having low back pain in Cleveland for a huge part of her life, particularly on the left side of her body although her right side is affected, at times. She remembered the pain starting to occur after suffering from a severe type of pneumonia which led to her hospitalization for a whole week at the age of 9. She thought that the stay in the hospital contributed to her back pain or the virus she contracted had led to the injury in some way. She had coughed for quite a long period during her hospital stay and really believed her vigorous coughing may have led to her back injury. From that time on, she sometimes suffer from back pain when sick with a cough. Her pneumonia never returned though.

She felt that her knee was oftentimes weak in such a way that that it could give way at any moment which forced her to sit or stop walking at once. Her knee or back showed no abnormalities as revealed in medical tests.

Frequent urination is also a complaint aired by the patient which forced her to arise from bed to go to the bathroom a minimum of two times each night. Overall, she was quite depressed, fatigued and suffered from bilateral low- pitched tinnitus. The depression and fatigue she felt since her childhood; the tinnitus, however, has been lasting for about 2 years.

She presented with a slightly swollen and pale tongue while her pulse was quite weak and deep, particularly on the Kidney positions.

Diagnosis: Deficiency of Kidney Yang is the likely cause of her back pain. The deficiency may have developed due to being hospitalized at a young age, that either having a poor physical position in the hospital or the depletion of her Yang essence because of the virus that led to the stagnation of her Blood and Qi eventually resulting in Kidney deficiency.

Plan of Treatment: The Kidney Yang is to be tonified to help relieve the pain of the patient as well as to endeavor to strengthen her knee, and treat the early stage of the tinnitus.

Acupuncture Points: KD 9, BL 23, KD 6, BL 25, KD 3, BL 26, ST 36, SP 6, BL 60

After only some sessions of acupuncture (once a week for a whole month) the back pain of the patient was relieved. The patient stated that her tinnitus has seemingly lessened in intensity but was not entirely removed. Her knee felt a little stronger and level of energy level rose, as reported by the patient. Due to the treatment of her back pain, she discontinued treatment before she was able to completely heal her knee weakness and her tinnitus.

Written by Valerie

August 24th, 2014 at 6:58 am

Posted in Acupuncture

Tagged with