Acupuncture and Back Pain – Houston, Texas

Acupuncture and Low Back Pain

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for Back PainMillions of people suffer from chronic back pain each day. In addition to degenerative changes in the back, the most common causes for back pain include a history of auto accidents or falls, sitting in front of a computer for extended periods, lifting or exercising incorrectly, and/or maintaining high levels of emotional stress. Fortunately, our acupuncture back pain treatments can provide relief, which often lasts longer and is more effective than relief found with NSAIDs.

The Benefits of Acupuncture Over NSAIDs for Back Pain

Those who follow western medicine often take NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, to relieve back pain, inflammation and stiffness. Unfortunately, these drugs have well-documented and potentially dangerous side effects, such as liver damage and gastric irritation, when they are taken over long periods of time.

Acupuncture, alternatively, has virtually no side effects. In addition, acupuncture can often be far more effective in treating back pain than NSAIDs. This is because NSAIDs work by blocking your body from producing prostaglandins, which are the substances that allow you to feel pain. This provides temporary relief but decreases blood flow to your joints and muscles, which in turn extends the recovery process. In addition, pain relief medications can give a false sense of security, frequently creating a re-injury of the back and/or creating a rebound pain cycle once pain relief medications wear off.

The treatments provided by our clinic do the opposite, and actually increase blood flow to the areas that are experiencing discomfort and pain. This causes more permanent pain relief and further promotes the healthy recovery of your muscles and joints. Pain reduction is often immediate with acupuncture, while NSAIDs can take up to 30 minutes to begin taking effect.

How Does Acupuncture Reduce Back Pain?

In addition to providing back pain relief through increased blood circulation, our acupuncture treatments can improve other bodily functions that directly lead to a reduction of back pain. The autonomic nervous system is regulated, which provides a relaxing effect and supports the function of internal organs. In addition, acupuncture can reduce back pain by helping to eliminate lactic acids, which build up in the muscles after regular exercise.

In some cases, acupuncture treatments for back pain can cause intensified pain at first, which is followed by muscle relaxation and tissue repair. Acupuncture points used can be varied based on areas of pain and training style of the acupuncturist. In many clinics needles are inserted at the exact area of pain. However, in our clinic, treatments more often than not are given along channels far from the areas of pain but which promote blood flow to the back just as effectively as local points.

Acupuncture for Upper Back Pain

Prolonged viewing of a computer screen or intense mental concentration can cause muscle knots in this area. The muscles adjacent to the shoulder blades are also common targets for acupuncture back pain therapy. Acupuncture can relieve back pain in these areas and can treat certain causes of upper back pain, such as emotional stress and tension. This, in turn, leads to a reduced chance of developing new back pain in the future.

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