Can Acupuncture Help with Lower Back Pain?
The simple and quick answer is — Yes !!!!
This is one of the most common problems people seek the help of the acupuncturist for. At any given time, it accounts for between 20- 40% of my practice. Almost all of my patients at one time or another suffer from some lower back pain. It’s sometimes combined with knee pain, ankle pain, headaches, or neck pain.
Needles are placed either on the stomach and legs, or on the area of the lower back and buttocks area that are painful. If there is pain down the legs, often called sciatica, then needles are also placed on the legs, along the sciatic nerve.
Often a treatment on the stomach is more effective than treating the lower back directly, based on the principle of treating the front to affect the back, and visa versa.
Exercise and strengthening the stomach muscles is also critical to healing the lower back. Some people also might need physical therapy, ultrasound or chiropractic care. But the average person will respond to acupuncture alone quite well. You will generally know after about eight (8) treatments.
Certainly, the quicker you seek treatment, the easier it will be to treat and the quicker it will get better.
Some of the most common herbs and supplements I might also use for lower back pain include the following:
*Pain X – a great anti-inflammatory and pain killer
*PSI Nitetime – good pain reliever which also helps with sleep when you are in pain
*Pro Muscle Calm – provides vital vitamins and minerals to help bring down the swelling in the back and around the vertebrae.
*Tu-Huo and Vaicaum – a good Chinese herbal formula to strengthen the kidney yin and increase the circulation in the lower extremities and back
Some of the common homeopathic remedies used for lower back pain include the following:
*Mag phos – used as a muscle relaxer and to help with sleep
*Colocynth – helps with muscle cramping
*Rhus tox – this remedy is indicated with the lower back pain is better after you begin to move around a lot
*Bryonia – this remedy is indicated when you are better not moving around, and just laying still in bed
There are certain emotional factors that usually accompany lower back pain. Since the lower back is controlled by the kidneys, according to Chinese medicine, we say that lower back pain involves the emotion of fear. (Each organ in he body has a corresponding emotion.)
The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. Some people respond after just a couple of treatments, and other people might need a series of 8-12 treatments. If you have had chronic lower back pain, you may need tune-up treatments every other week for a few months.
Health Insurance usually covers at least a part of the cost of acupuncture for the treatment of lower back pain.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment or to have any of your questions answered, and to check on your insurance coverage.