How Acupuncture Treats Back Pain

Acupuncture can easily treat back pain.  It relieves pain by relaxing the muscles and improving circulation.

If you have back pain, no matter what the initial cause, you have tight muscles.  If you have a disc prolapse or “slipped disc”, the disc can put pressure on the nerves in your back.  When this happens, the muscles can become very tight and go into a spasm.  As long as the muscles are tight, you will not have relief from your pain.  Even if the disc is healed, the muscles will still be tight and need to be relaxed to get complete relief.

Pain can be reduced by using acupuncture

Acupuncture and Back Pain

When you get acupuncture for your back, needles are placed at the location of pain.  That does several things.  If you leave an acupuncture needle in a tight muscle, within 20 to 30 minutes, that muscle will relax.  That is just how the body functions.  Acupuncture is especially effective because a very small area can be treated for 30 or more minutes.  You can get a massage, but it is not possible to have that much pressure on one point for 30 minutes.  You would need to have 50 massage therapists treating each point to get the same effect.

Acupuncture can be used on several areas at one time.  If you have low back pain, it is not uncommon to also have tightness in your mid or upper back.  The para-spinous muscles go all the way down you back.  They are often affected in any type of back pain.  If you just treat one area of the back and another area is also tight, you could possible move the pain around.  The tightness will move around.

When getting acupuncture, far infrared lamps are often used.  These lamps give the sensation of heat, but they have healing effects that go much deeper.  They penetrate the skin and induce a healing response below the surface.  When heat is applied, your muscles can more easily have blood flow restored, this helps to relieve pain faster.

Moxibustion is another tool your acupuncturist might use.  Moxibustion is an herb called “mugwort”.  This herb is a medicinal herb used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.  The herb comes in many forms.  It is often rolled into a cigar shape and lit.  The heat and smoke from this help to improve blood circulation quickly.  The herb also comes in a spray form.  You spray the herbal remedy on the area to be treated and use a far infrared lamp to warm it up.

When you get acupuncture for back pain, you might feel relief after your first session.  Usually, you feel a lot better the next day after acupuncture.  The muscles need a little time to relax and recover from being tight.  If you have had tight muscles for decades, it will take a little time to get all the muscles to completely relax.

When you get acupuncture, it is important to know how to choose a good acupuncturist.  Every state in America licenses acupuncturists with different titles.  If you are in Rhode Island, you will be a doctor of Acupuncture.  If you are in New Mexico, you are a “Doctor of Oriental Medicine” and can call yourself. “Dr.”.

When looking for an acupuncturist, be sure to ask if that person has a degree in Chinese medicine.  This is a Master level program and takes four years to complete.  The benefits of getting acupuncture will be much more likely if you see someone with a degree.  Other practitioners are allowed to do acupuncture after taking 100 hours of classes on it.  Every state is different on who is allowed to do acupuncture.

Back pain can be debilitating, find a local acupuncturist for fast relief.  Acupuncture for Back Pain is a proven pain reliever.

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