Just about every one has experienced the misery of low back pain at some point in their life. In fact, low back pain is one of the top reasons people make an appointment with their doctor. If not addressed properly, low back pain can progress to a chronic and ongoing problem for years.
There are many causes of low back pain. Lifting heavy objects, sudden awkward movements or even simply bending over to tie shoes can strain muscles or sprain ligaments. Often the muscles around the small joints of the vertebrae (facet joints) can go into spasm causing the facet joints to lock causing pain and loss of mobility. Sitting for hours at a time, bending forward, bending and twisting places a great deal of pressure on the discs between the vertebrae. This excess pressure on the discs can cause the disc to bulge, herniate or even rupture, which presses on a nerve and causes pain. As we grow older the discs between the vertebrae shrink creating less space between the vertebrae which can also irritate a nerve and cause pain. Arthritis and bone spurs occur with aging or trauma and cause pain.
How Does Acupuncture Alleviate Low Back Pain?
Acupuncture not only alleviates pain, but also address the root cause of the pain so it is less likely to recur. Acupuncture alleviates muscle spasms so that the spine is able to move freely again. Acupuncture also decreases inflammation. Inflammation irritates nerves causing more pain. Acupuncture also signals the body to produce it’s own pain relieving substances (endorphins). Acupuncture also increases circulation and speeds the healing of injured muscles and ligaments. Trigger points are points in the muscles that when activated refer pain to other areas of the body. Acupuncture extinguishes trigger points and the pain they cause.
Pain is a sign that something is wrong. Pain medication masks the pain but does not treat the cause of low back pain. Acupuncture provides long term pain relief as well as improved quality of life.