The modern world has not been kind to the spine. We were not made to sit for hours at a time staring at a computer screen or driving a car. We were built to move and the sedentary work that most Americans do all day long has a terrible effect on the body.
More than 65 million Americans suffer from back pain each year. In fact, it’s the second most common reason that people seek medical attention. It definitely tops the list of complaints that we see here at Balance Acupuncture and Natural Medicine!
Many of our patients are frustrated by the lack of options that they are given by their Western medicine practitioners. Anti-inflammatories, including steroid injections, are the most frequently offered solutions along with physical therapy and in the most severe cases surgery. So, what can you do if none of these options are appealing to you?
Fortunately, Chinese medicine is extraordinarily effective in the treatment of low back pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for literally thousands of years to help relieve the symptoms and many times even heal the underlying conditions that cause you to suffer from low back pain. Acupuncture works to relax tight muscles, stimulate healing and relieve inflammation. It has also been demonstrated in MRI research that it has the ability to reduce your brain’s perception of pain.
The patients that we see at Balance Acupuncture and Natural Medicine present with a wide range of back pain. Many cases are merely tight and inflamed muscles and tendons while others have been diagnosed with structural issues such as bulging or herniated discs or spinal stenosis (bone spurs).
Even in these more serious cases acupuncture can still be very effective. Research using X-Ray’s and MRI’s has shown that many people that have NO back pain still have these types of structural changes in their spine. If these people have the same kind of changes that you do and have absolutely zero issues with back pain what that tells us is that the structural changes may not be entirely responsible for the pain that you are experiencing.
It is possible that your bulging disc may be the entire cause of your pain but it may also be that it is only partially responsible or not at all. One of the great things about acupuncture is that we will know fairly quickly whether or not it will help you. Depending on the severity and the length of time that you have been suffering I recommend a series of 4-8 treatments to start with. After that we assess your improvement and move forward accordingly. In many cases acupuncture can produce a cure and in more serious cases it can be an extremely effective means of pain management.
Call 210-479-3900 now and let’s talk about how Chinese Medicine can help to relieve your aching back!