Many people have tried acupuncture for low back pain and found it helpful in relieving the debilitating symptoms of pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling that are often associated with conditions of the lumbar spine.
Conditions of the Lower Back
Not only is the lumbar spine especially susceptible to damage and deterioration because of all the weight it is forced to support, but it also has the added responsibility of being involved in all of the body’s arching, bending, and twisting movements. A lifetime of activity takes its toll, and as the intervertebral discs between our vertebrae begin to wear down, spinal nerve compression is a common problem that can cause lower back pain.
One of the most uncomfortable and debilitating conditions of the lumbar spine is sciatica, which is pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down the leg. This type of pain is radiculopathic, meaning it follows the exact path of a nerve. There are a variety of holistic methods, including acupuncture, which can be used to achieve lower back pain relief.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy is constantly travelling through our bodies and when we’re healthy, that energy is perfectly balanced. However, when those energy levels become depleted, illness ensues. And because it is a holistic treatment, acupuncture focuses on the idea that overall body health is imperative to healing localized ailments.
Potential benefits of acupuncture for low back pain relief include:
- Increased circulation
- Decreased levels of stress
- Improved immune system
- Pain relief
- More energy and vitality
Acupuncture can be combined with other non-invasive treatment options, such as heat therapy, pain medication, physical therapy, and mild exercises for low back pain. If weeks or months of these treatments do not put an end to your lower back pain symptoms, it may be time to discuss a more progressive treatment.
Additional Treatment Options
Laser Spine Institute (LSI) specializes in state-of-the-art, outpatient procedures that have demonstrated an extremely high success rate. Our techniques use endoscopic technology, which allows us to gently and effectively address the problem, with fewer risks than open spine surgery. Contact LSI today for more information, or for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.