Back & Neck Pain
Acupuncture for Back and Neck Pain
Low back pain is the most common cause of limited activity levels in people younger than 45 years of age in the United States and is the second most frequent reason for a doctor’s visit. With people over the age of 45, low back pain becomes even more common as decades of use start to negatively impact our lower back and chronic pain sets in. Low back pain has become so common in the United States that an entire medical industry has developed in an effort to treat this stubborn problem. Frequent visits to primary care physicians, orthopedic specialists, pain management clinics, physical therapists, and chiropractors all help to provide relief but often fail to resolve the cause of the problem.
In addition, the increasing use of computers and poor ergonomics has resulted in chronic neck tension becoming a common malady. Neck sprains and strains due to overuse or traumatic injuries such as whiplash from car accidents or falls are often treated only symptomatically and are never completely resolved leading to years of chronic pain and discomfort.
Alternative Pain Relief with Traditional Oriental Medicine
The benefit of acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine in the treatment of these conditions lies in its ability to evaluate and treat each person as an individual. By assessing the unique history and symptoms of each patient and developing a treatment plan that addresses the underlying problem that has allowed the symptoms to become so severe, we are able to effectively reduce the patient’s symptoms and start them on a path to healing.
Other factors such as diet, poor sleep, stress, and overuse are also evaluated as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the factors that have allowed the patient’s pain to continue. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, diet, as well as topical application of herbs on the painful areas are all used together to comprehensively treat these painful conditions. Through the use of these treatment methods we can effectively:
- Relieve muscle spasms
- Reduce swelling and inflammation
- Increase circulation throughout the painful area
- Decrease pain through the release of natural endorphins
- Increase sense of health and well-being