Our Edmonton clinic uses acupuncture with an integrated approach to treat low back pain that creates a lasting improvement and not just short-term relief. Here’s why:
The way we do acupuncture focuses first on resetting and improving the function of the core muscles and sinews.
At the first treatment we work to reduce the pain sensitivity, which affords the opportunity to have the back heal in the next step. We suggest changes the client can make at home to improve the back’s responsiveness, stability and agility. This is what makes the big difference between coming every week for pain relief versus becoming pain free in the future!
In following treatments we focus on helping the core muscles to come back to function more normally; to not be over-excited/protective or underactive and unused. In this way the low back functions better to provide stability for both movement and sitting — all the while the client is building better core strength and stability habits between habits (because of the homework we are giving!).
We help each client understand the reasons and process involved in where the lower back pain is coming from (often clients are making it worse through touching toes and doing other stretches that aggravate the pain!).
For the homework between treatments, we teach each client to learn to stop aggravating and recreating the back pain by breaking the vicious cycle of back stress, inflammation and reactive muscle spasms. We teach clients how to be more aware and intentional about positive posture and proper movement patterns in everything they do, both in exercising and in all the normal every day moments (like tying your shoes). Then and only then can the treatments promote and set the stage for continued long term healing and create real core stability and a pain-free lower back.
So the primary problem is not with your back muscles per se.
More often than not, lower back pain is the accumulation of years of functional wear and tear on your vertebral discs and joints at work or play, leading to small accumulations that become bigger issues later. Over 10% of adults suffer with chronic back pain, and many more suffer back pain at some point in their life. Well-intentioned people can make their back worse by stretching their back muscles (touching toes) or over training certain muscles in the wrong ways, not finding the right balance of strength and length for the right places. And there are many myths that perpetuate problems of back pain, especially in our system of medical diagnosis and treatment, and how common treatments may not always offer good solutions for your particular problem.
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