Monday, February 20, 2017

Acupuncture and Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common problems that people generally face on account of long-term sitting or frequent bending of the spine to pull heavy loads. Many people got frustrated and discouraged in the past seeking treatment for their lower back pain because symptoms can persist even after prolonged medication.

Acupuncture offers an alternative way to successfully heal problems of lower back pain and is often recommended to patients by their medical doctor or doctor of chiropractic.

Causes of Back Pain
Thousands of people every year suffer lower back pain. It is considered as the second most common reason people in the US go to see a doctor. Low back pain generally affects the spine's flexibility, strength and stability, which may become a reason for your back-pain, stiffness and discomfort.

There are several reasons behind why people suffer from back pain. Let's read a few of them.

  • Growing older – Back pain can start at any age. Symptoms may worsen from 40 to 50 years-age.
  • Physical activity– Physical activities such as pulling, bending, reaching or sitting in a bad position can lead to worsening of symptoms.
  • Overweight – Being overweight is a common causes of back and disc problems.
  • Chronic illness – A chronic illness such as arthritis, or cancer can also be a cause of the problem.
  • Muscle imbalances or weaknesses are responsible for numerous cases of back pain. Sitting or standing for long hours can increase these imbalances causing increased pain.

Acupuncture as a treatment for back pain

Acupuncture began in China nearly 2,500 years ago. Traditional Chinese medicine states that there are around 2,000 points in a human body which are connected by pathways or meridians, responsible for creating the flow of energy, also known as Qi (or Chee). Stimulating these points through inserting thin needles helps balance Qi and improve the flow of energy. Acupuncturist restore a constant flow of energy throughout the body relieving long term pain and improving overall health.

Acupuncture works by -

1. Balancing signaling and energy flow of the nervous system
2. Allowing transmission of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins.
3. Speeding the release of natural opioids (chemicals in the brain that are believed to promote pain relief and sleep).
4. Improving the brain chemistry by transforming the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.

If you have back pain and need treatment, doctors at South OC Chiropractic can help. Call + 1 (949) 470-4757 to get in touch and start receiving the care that you need to heal your back pain.

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