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The Benefits of Acupuncture and TCM for Low Back Pain Sufferers

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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

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