There are many causes for low back pain, but acupuncture can help in most cases unless there is severe structural deformity or degeneration (and even then it still may help with the pain).
I have heard that some people are under the impression that acupuncture just 'masks' the pain temporarily. This is not the case at all. While acupuncture does decrease the pain response in the body, it also works to correct and heal the back so that the pain is reduced or gone for good.
With that said, it is never advised to do strenuous exercise or activity right away (it's so tempting to go full force at the gym or in a sport once the pain is finally gone, but you still have to heal and prepare the area for that activity again!)
The way we treat low back pain at Life Balance Acupuncture may be a bit different than other acupuncture or direct back treatments you've had before. In fact, we will not put needles into your sore, tight, back at all!
The idea of not directly treating the affected area turns many heads and leads to many looks of confusion. However, the answer is simple. Everything in our body is connected. Acupuncturists will treat points on meridian pathways that travel throughout the body. Now, these meridians and points serve as longitude and latitude lines and landmarks superimposed as a map onto our bodies.
Point A connects to Point B, even if there is some distance in between. Now, if you were to peer inside you won't see this perfectly drawn lines. However, there is some evidence that the classic meridians do follow a pathway along the fascia and connective tissues in the body.
Therefore, we may treat your hand, arm, or leg to treat your back. The back can be moved gently to see if the intensity and location of the pain has shifted within seconds of putting the needles in.
This treatment technique works quickly and brings relief to the majority of patients within 24 hours.
Several follow ups may be necessary depending on the severity of the pain and if it is more chronic or acute in nature. Why keep suffering? We're here to help!