Integrative Medicine for Back Pain

Blaine MitchelAll, Back Pain, TreatmentsLeave a Comment

Acupuncture/Acupressure

These treatments are a branch of ancient Chinese medicine. In the United States, they are usually practiced as stand-alone treatments by a health-care professional trained in acupuncture/acupressure. Most states regulate acupuncture as a licensed specialty.

Some research has suggested that acupuncture works by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing method.

The idea behind acupuncture/acupressure is the identical, based around the idea of energy that flows through all life. This life energy known as chi or qi (pronounced chee). Life energy is thought to have opposite forces named yin and yang. To put it simply, yin is related with passive, absorbing, and yielding qualities and yang as having more assertive and penetrating attributes. One is not necessarily superior to the other; they are complementary. If these forces are out of balance, a health problem develops. Acupuncture/acupressure helps remove blockages and restore natural flow.

Life energy move through the body across meridian lines. There are 14 main lines and hundreds of smaller ones. Acupuncture/ acupressure practitioners figure out where the energy is blocked on the meridians and they aim to release it. Acupressure does though applying pressure (often with a thumb); acupuncture does so with needles. The needles usually have the diameter of a hair and cause no pain when inserted. The needles generally remain in place for around 20 minutes. In the case of acupressure, the practitioner holds a point for a length of time, and then releases it. In both cases, the patient receiving the treatment tends to feel quite relaxed. Several sessions are normally advised. Acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for over 4,000 years. It’s made its way into the United States over the past few decades and its popularity is rising, particularly as more conventional doctors recommend it for everything from back pain to headaches to carpal tunnel. We suggest giving it a go!

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