If you are suffering from lower back pain then you are not alone! Conservatively speaking lower back pain affects around 70% of the adult population in Australia.
Back injuries can happen at any time doing almost anything! Your spine, or backbone is strong and flexible; designed so that it can support your body weight and allow movement. When healthy, your spine is S-shaped with three natural curves and when these curves are in balance, your body weight is evenly distributed.
The easiest way to maintain this alignment is to have strong flexible muscles in your back, legs and abdomen. Unfortunately todays lifestyle does not permit the majority of us the time to do the exercise on a daily basis that we require to maintain this level of fitness. In addition, we are often working in positions that compromise good posture placing strain and tension on the supporting muscles and ligaments, and weakening them. Without proper support, the joints of the vertebrae are forced to carry weight they are not meant to carry. This leads to premature spinal degeneration and pain.
Anyone that has ever suffered from back pain knows full well how excrutiating it can be.
Fortunately, drug-free pain relief is available!
- If you are suffering from back ache it could be a result of one or a combination of the following problems:
- Physical Trauma – for example accidents, lifting, incorrect bending or overwork that result in muscle sprain or damage to ligaments & tendons. Vertebral joint problems or disc compression which affects the nerve pathways down the legs that is usually due to heavy work, lifting & injury.
- Emotional – muscle spasm from anxiety and stress.
- Age – Causing changes to our structure; discs degenerating and arthritis setting in.
- Female disorders – pelvic inflammatory disease causing referred pain from the pelvic area to the lower back, menustration.
Getting to the point...
Your acupuncturist understands that lower back pain affects people in different ways and as a consequence the individual treatment you receive will be determined once you have given them a clear understanding of your problem.
A lot of this will be based on what you tell them about your lifestyle. For example, do you exercise? Play sport? Have a history of ligament/tendon damage? Are you physically challenged at work? Do you do a lot of lifting or sitting or bending in your daily life? Do you experience stress or have any degenerative conditions such as arthritis?
Generally speaking you will feel greatly improved after just one treatment but it is usually the case that the longer you have been suffering from the problem the longer it will take to treat.