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Low back pain is one of the most common health problem affecting people all over the world. In fact, statistics show that 4 individuals out of 5 experience low back pain at some point in life. It has been reported that back pain is one of the major health conditions that make individuals seek medical care. Current research shows that one of the more effective ways of dealing with low back pain is with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Perhaps you are wondering what the relationship between Acupuncture and Low Back Pain is? Acupuncture is a technique that has evolved out of China more than 2500 years ago that was and is still being used to manage body pain such as shoulder pain, knee pain, and of course low back pain.

For an easier understanding of how to treat low back pain you need to understand the symptoms of low back pain. Here are few symptoms of low back pain:

  • Sharp, aching or dull pain on your lower back
  • Difficulty walking or sometimes even standing or sitting
  • Painful feeling around the groin, upper parts of the thighs and buttocks
  • Severe muscles spasms in and around the low back, buttocks and groin and legs
  • Soreness, tenderness when touching your lower back
  • Pain that can radiate down the back, sides, or front of the legs that can extend to the feet

If you are experiencing these symptoms we can help. At Boca Raton Acupuncture we have had tremendous success treating low back pain with acupuncture. Read on about how acupuncture works…

Scientific studies show that acupuncture treatment stimulates substances known as endorphins which relieve pain. These chemicals are usually responsible for altering pain experience and promoting the sense of wellness in the body. Traditional acupuncture is based on a belief that the body has energy flow patterns. It is believed that the energy, also known as “qi” or life force, flows in channels referred to as meridians.

Acupuncture also induces the release of natural opioids. Opioids are chemicals found in the brain that are known to induce sleep and lessen pain. Acupuncture also affects the release of neuro-hormones and neurotransmitters, which can help block pain receptors.

Acupuncture is also widely known to help promote better circulation of blood as well as having strong anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic affects throughout the body. Acupuncture is preferred to other conventional ways of treating lower back pain due to its long term effectiveness along with the fact that it has no side effects.

What happens during an acupuncture session?

When you visit us at Boca Raton Acupuncture for low back pain treatment, we start by asking you about your medical history as well as your general health. We’ll also ask you questions specific to your low back pain and whether you had undergone any other form of treatment. After this evaluation, a physical exam if often performed to help us find the root cause of the low back pain. You will be given the opportunity to give us as much information that you feel is relevant to your condition and treatment.

After a thorough evaluation and exam,  a treatment plan is formed and we may begin treatment. At this point sterile, painless acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body (usually referred to as acupuncture points).  The needles inserted in the body are very thin and a few centimeters long and are retained for approximately 20 minutes. Results are often seen after a few treatments but of course it varies with each patient and each condition. Typically low back pain can be resolved within 6 -10 treatments. Chinese herbs and nutritional supplements that reduce inflammation are often prescribed to facilitate healing.

Acupuncture Works! Give it a try!

If other methods have failed and you’re frustrated we urge you to take advantage of our free consultation. We’ll show you how acupuncture works, how we can get results and how we can help you restore your health and wellness. We look forward to working with you!