Pain is one of the most common reasons people see health care providers and it has been estimated that up to 80% of the world’s population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. Episodes of low back pain can last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following an initial episode.
Q: Can Acupuncture significantly decrease back pain?
A: Absolutely.. Acupuncture works extremely well for treating any type of pain, especially back pain. Acupuncture helps with increasing circulation through the back and decreasing any inflammation while loosening up major muscles in the back. If there are any bulging, slip discs, protruding discs, back strain, spastic muscles, or tight muscles, acupuncture can help with all of these conditions.
Q: Can acupuncture make my back pain worse?
A: Generally no, acupuncture is not going to make your back pain worse. However, sometimes there are cases where if the practitioner is too aggressive or the positioning on the acupuncture table maybe uncomfortable, it can cause some pain when you get off the table. Just make sure your practitioner is not too aggressive during your first treatment.
Q: How many Treatments will I need?
A: This really depends on a few factors. First, it depends how severe your condition is. This will be a big factor in how many treatments you may need. Also, age and general health depends on how fast you will respond to treatments. Regardless of any of these factors, you should begin to see a decrease in pain and discomfort levels between 3-6 treatments. If you do not feel any change after 6-8 treating twice per week it may be time to seek alternative methods or see a different acupuncturist.
Q: Where will the point or needles be inserted for low back pain?
A: Point for back pain or low back pain can ultimately vary. It really depends what the practitioner diagnosis what is causing the back pain or where it’s coming from. Point location can range from points on the abdomen to points on the upper, middle, and lower back. In some cases some points may be located around the ankles and calves.
Q: How long is the treatment for back pain with acupuncture?
A: Generally treatments for back pain can last anywhere from 40 minutes to about one hour. It really depends on your practitioner and their style of acupuncture treatments. At Balance Within our practitioners incorporate an array of stretches, exercises, and an acupuncture treatments so you get the most out of your time during treatments. For this reason, treatments can last about an hour.
Q: How does acupuncture help back pain?
A: Acupuncture can help back pain by increasing circulation of fresh blood and oxygen through the damaged or affected area. While doing so acupuncture simultaneously helps the muscles in the back like the para spinal muscles and traps to relax. When this happens this can help any of the affected nerves or discs adjust themselves back into place relieving any sensations of pain or stiffness.
Further more, at Balance Within- Integrative acupuncture, we also treat neck and upper/ lower back pain very well with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxa technique, and medical massage therapy.