09/23/2018 12:50:22 pm
Acupuncture and Back Pain
By: Jennifer Dubowsky, L.Ac., MSOM
Back pain is one of the most prevalent reasons people seek health care. Millions of working days and countless hours of activity and fun are lost each year due to back pain.
Common Causes of Back Pain Treated with Acupuncture
One of the top causes of back pain are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting.
Sciatica is another common form of back pain. Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that extends down into the buttocks and leg which comes from an irritation of a larger nerve in the lumbar spine called the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can accompany sprains, strains, herniated discs as well as back pain emanating from other sources.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Patterns of Back Pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) vocabulary is very different from Western medicine. TCM differentiates patterns of back pain.
Common TCM patterns include:
Pain that results from deficiency is usually dull, chronic, and improves with rest. It is more common in middle aged and elderly people.
Pain from stagnation is more severe and stabbing in nature. There is stiffness and tightness in the muscles and it worsens with rest. Often this type is seen in occurrences of acute sprains and strains. It can reoccur chronically, thereby indicating an underlying deficiency.
Pain from cold damp obstruction is worse in the morning, exacerbated by cold and damp weather. It improves with heat and may be accompanied by numbness, swelling and a sense of heaviness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine as Treatment for Back Pain
TCM works to restore harmony and energetic balance to the body which stimulates natural healing and promotes health. Acupuncture is one of the primary modalities used and treatment is individual to each patient.
In a Swedish hospital study with patients who experienced chronic low back pain, doctors concluded that acupuncture provided long term pain relief. They also observed improvement in activity levels, better sleep, and consumption of significantly fewer analgesics for the acupuncture group as compared with the group receiving a placebo treatment.
Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions. More treatments may be needed if there is an underlying deficiency, or reoccurring problem, or sciatica.
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About the Author
Jennifer Dubowsky, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. is a licensed acupuncturist who works in Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer earned her Masters of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, an accredited four year graduate program in Boulder, Colorado. She received her diplomat from the NCCAOM, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Jennifer has also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
If you have any comments or questions, she can be reached at 312-399-5098 or tcm007(at)aol.com
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09/23/2018 12:50:22 pm