Hours: Mon to Thu – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Closed noon to 1:00 pm Suite 221, 9148-23 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1H9
Call: (780) 485-9468

Treating Back Pain Part 3

Back Pain:

Natural Treatments using Traditional Chinese Medicine
Part 3 – Acupuncture

Back pain is a common issue. It can come on from injury, degeneration and simple daily usage.  There are 3 different treatments that are used  in TCM: acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and cupping.  In this part we will discuss acupuncture.

The most well known treatment from TCM in the West is acupuncture. This is the placement of very small needles into acupuncture points located around the body.  It is often used for treating back pain.

These acu-points are connected by a meridian system that functions much like the circulatory system in the body. Instead of blood flowing through the meridian system, the bodies natural energy or Qi flows through the meridians. Placing needles at certain points in the body can decrease pain, increase range of motion and stimulate the body to heal it self.

Acupuncture prescriptions can be written to treat almost all types of diseases and afflictions. A skilled doctor is trained in the traditional hand manipulation of the needles to treat disease and generally does not use electrostimulation, lasers or any other devices to aid in their treatment. Most patients do not even feel the needles once they are inserted into the body. Once they are in place they are manipulated by hand to have the Qi gather at the needle. One can tell that Qi has arrived at the needle by the common feeling of: pressure, warmth, tingling, heaviness, etc. Patients must have the sensation of Qi at the needle for treatment to be effective.

Acupuncture has it’s history dating back as far as 6000 B.C., making it the oldest natural medical treatment known to man. In modern times it has been accepted into all medical communities and is recognized by the World Health Organization in treating a variety of illnesses and diseases. Acupuncture is a commonly used method of TCM as it will not interfere with medications and when properly administered does not have any side effects.

Acupuncture, can be combined with with cupping and tui na to provide the most effective treatment for a patient’s lower back pain.  In the treatment of lower back pain, natural drug free treatments can help to avoid surgery. Even if a patient is currently on a waiting list for surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used to increase range of motion and reduce the pain associated with a lower back injury.