Acupuncture for Back Pain
Generalized Back Pain
Back pain is the most common disability in the entire world, affecting more than 1 in 4 working adults. Within a given 3-month time period, 25% of adults report lower back pain. In 2017, 14% of doctors’ visits by insured patients resulted in a prescription for opioid medications.
In the world of treating back pain, patients try many methods of treatment, sometimes without any results or success. Back pain acupuncture is one of the most-sought and well-received treatments for this debilitating condition.
Back pain can range from acute, sudden pain to chronic daily pains, to occasional, bothersome pains.
At Hamilton West Windsor Acupuncture, back pain is the most common ailment we treat. Our back pain acupuncture treatment is designed to ease your pain and improve your quality of life. If you are aware of your back, you have pain. Let us help you!
After a few treatments of back pain acupuncture, patients report they are walking more easily, resume their weekly errands without pain, and begin putting on their socks and shoes like they used to.
Acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective in treating back pain with results comparable to morphine without the possible side effects.
The World Health Organization (WHO), through their review and analysis of controlled clinical trials, has found acupuncture can reduce muscle spasms and increase mobility, especially in the case of back pain.
Lower Back Pain
The leading cause of activity limitation in daily routines and leaves from work is low back pain. Between 60% and 70% of adults experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime. That does not include adolescence and children experiencing low back pain.
Low back pain can range from dull intermittent aching, to sharp, shooting, or stabbing pain that travels. It can occur suddenly, like from a specific event, or last for weeks to years.
At this point in time most low back pain is treated with analgesics, or pain medicine, without much attention paid towards actually addressing the cause of pain. Acupuncture addresses the roots of low back pain rather than simply subduing the pain.
Sciatica is defined as pain that is caused from irritation, inflammation, or compression of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve begins in the low back, goes into the buttocks, and travels down the leg.
Pain occurring because of sciatica is most commonly felt in one, or both, of the buttocks. From there, the pain can travel down the legs and sometimes even go into the backs of the feet. The pain can be shooting, tingling, numb, and even cause weakness of the legs.
When treating sciatica with acupuncture where the pain is felt is important. While we know the sciatic nerve is to blame, knowing where exactly the pain is radiating helps us address each case of sciatica distinctly for the individual.
Acupuncture can help sciatica pain by first relaxing the affected nerves. When acupuncture needles are inserted, the brain begins releasing chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and noradrenalin that begin to relieve pain symptoms. Acupuncture can also relax the muscles that could be compressing the sciatic nerve, as well as decrease inflammation in the affected areas.
Herniated and Bulging Discs
In treating herniated and bulging discs, similarly to sciatica, it is important to know where each patient is experiencing their pain. After discussing where pain is felt, our acupuncturists can treat the areas of pain and ideally ease the discomfort.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase quality of life and decrease pain without the potential adverse effects of other treatments. Acupuncture also activates parts of the brain that result in release of endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals that aid in decreasing the sensation of pain
Additional Types of Back Pain That Can Be Treated with Acupuncture
SI joint pain
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Hamilton, NJ 08619
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