Does Acupuncture work for back pain?

As we continue to explore several treatments for lower back pain, we now consider acupuncture and its benefits. Does it really help with lower back issues and is it a safe remedy?

What is Acupuncture?

be defined as an old Chinese holistic approach practiced for over two thousand five hundred years to combat pain. It has been lauded by some persons as the ‘miracle’ treatment for all maladies ranging from depression to other chronic issues.

According to a licensed Acupuncturist who holds a MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine specific points on the skin are triggered minimally with needles in order to stimulate nerve rich surface areas. In this way several body functions, tissues, glands and organs are positively impacted.

The Philosophy behind Acupuncture:

It is interesting to note that although acupuncture is proposed as medicinal treatment, it does not have its traditional foundation in Science and medicine. Research shows the Chinese as mainly adopting this practice via their view of humanity which they see as controlled by an invisible life giving force called ‘qi’ .

This shared belief is cushioned in a healthy ‘qi’ producing good mental and physical health, but when the opposite takes place your ‘qi’ becomes deficient which results in illness.

We can all relate to how our own bodies work and this is generally reflected in our mental and physical well-being. Therefore, this concept of ‘qi’ is not a far-fetched idea. Hence, the purpose of Acupuncture is basically to aid a person in gaining and maintaining balance or ‘qi’ as a remedy for many maladies.

Possible ways by which Acupuncture work for back pain:

Nervous system stimulant: This takes place when chemicals are released from the spinal cord, muscles and brain as trigger points are stimulated via acupuncture.

Opioid-Like or pain relieving chemicals produced in the body may also be released. These chemicals are naturally formed in the body and share like properties to opioid pain relievers, (ex. morphine)

Neurotransmitters: These are hormones that regulate the on and off mechanism of several nerve endings and are also released via acupuncture which may stimulate some nerves that stop pain in the body.

Electromagnetic impulses are also triggered. In this way endorphins are released and body’s way of handling pain is accelerated.

Acupuncture bot only provides relief for back pain but also addresses other related conditions which may be as a result of back pain such as insomnia and migraines. Reflexologists often give insight on certain acupuncture points on the body which when targeted could affect relief.

Research has shown that acupuncture treatment for back pain has rendered laudable and successful results especially for persons with chronic lower back pain. When compared with some medications, very little risks or side effects were seen

Looks can sometimes be deceiving as pictures depicting the procedure of acupuncture usually seem frightening and intimidating. However, It is my belief that proper consultation from a certified Acupuncturist could minimize and dispel fears of individuals who may choose this treatment.

Benefits of Strengthening Core muscles

As we continue to explore best cures for lower back pain, research has shown that there are certain factors to consider such as the strengthening of the lower back mainly by giving special attention to building a strong core. This is done by strengthening group of muscles called our core muscles.

Core Muscles: Their importance:

Your body’s core is the midsection which comprises all muscles in that area. All these muscles must be strong enough in order to support your entire midsection, back and spine. These major core muscle groups work in tandem to promote even balance and coordination of strength which facilitate the carrying out of smooth daily activities with ease.

 

Of the over 600 muscles in the human body research has identified thirteen major muscle groups. One of the most important among the thirteen are the abdominal muscles also called rectus abdominis. This muscle forms a part of the core and comprises twenty-eight more muscles.

TWO KEY CORE MUSCLES

The transverse abdominus is said to be the deepest core muscle as well as a very important core muscle in maintaining a good posture. The multifidus although it is a small muscle its significance should not be overlooked. It travels up the length of the spine and is said to be a very important muscle in the rehabilitation of lower back pain.

Results of a Strong Core

It is noticed that as we age, a strong core is necessary in order to enjoy better balance and stability in our daily activities, helping to maintain functionality. Building muscle strength decreases the risk of osteoporosis.

This also combats bone density due to muscle loss. Research recommends that we participate in regular strengthening of the lower back, because we are not only strengthening our back muscles but also reducing our blood pressure, and increasing our calorie burn during the day

Mental boost is promoted improving your overall well-being as your feel better, more energized and alert with stress and tension released from your body. Your physical appearance is also enhanced. Research has also shown that strong abdominal muscles produce slimmer and trimmer midsection and waist which in turn lower ones risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Recommendations:

In emphasizing the need for core muscles strength certain core strengthening exercise can be highlighted in the areas of sit-ups, planks, kettle bell swings, push-ups, dead weight lift and others including yoga stretches.

Pilates is also recommended as a set of good core strengthening exercises in which emphasis s placed on three main areas: core stabilization, breathing and postural alignment and control. A strong core cannot be overemphasized for optimal performance of daily activities.http://www.pilates-back-joint-exercise.com..

 

Treating Lower Back Pain-The Best Essential Oils

 Do  Essential Oils really help with back pain?

In our quest for optimal health we now explore the usage of some of the best essential oils researched and presented as another set of possible remedies for lower back pain.

More revelation and knowledge are emerging regarding essential oils and their usage in this Age of Enlightenment. They continue to play a pivotal role not just in our general well-being, but also in the treatment of specific ailments such as lower back aches.

Important pointers:

As we explore these oils, certain important considerations should be prioritized. We first need to ensure that our essential oils of the highest quality ranked among the top ten brands which include ‘Living Young’ and ‘Edens Garden’. Labels should be carefully read identifying the Latin name of the plant used to make the oil and the word ‘pure’ essential oil noted.

Nine Best Essential Oils:

We are now ready to select our best essential oils specifically for the treatment of lower back pain. Among the best ones identified are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, wintergreen, lemon grass, otherwise called ‘fever grass’, ginger oil, lavender, rosemary oil, Roman and German chamomile and sandalwood oils.

Some Therapeutic properties of Essential Oils:

These oils are considered the best due to some of their powerful and effectively proven properties which range from analgesic, antispasmodic, antioxidant to anti inflammatory. Ginger, rosemary and roman chamomile improve circulation with the latter two also reducing muscle cramping and aches.

Sandalwood and Roman chamomile promote relaxation, grounding and calm and are also effective in treating insomnia. Lemon grass blends well with peppermint essential oil and is often used for treating aches and pains.

Eucalyptus and rosemary oils are immune boosters, whereas peppermint oil constitutes mostly menthol and menthone. By nature peppermint oil is a stimulant, antispasmodic. Antimicrobial antioxidant and a powerful analgesic.

The Lavender oil, ‘ Lavandula Angustifolia’ dubbed a ‘ powerhouse’ essential oil due to its large quantities of multi components ranging from sedative, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, immune boosting to antispasmodic.

This essential oil should never be absent from your medicinal cabinet along with peppermint and eucalyptus. Growing up as a child I do remember that my mother always had these three oils in her medicine cabinet along with gentian violet.

All essential oils can be inhaled in aromatherapy, used in a bath, or massaged directly onto the back. However, before usage, it is best to dilute each oil with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. It would also be wise to test patch a small amount unto your skin before actual application. Once the oils are sufficiently diluted in their correct proportions, we should expect synergistic desired results.

At the same time one cannot be naive in thinking that essential oils are an end in themselves. Like any other remedies they normally work in tandem with treatments such as yoga back stretches, other lower back exercises’ chiropractic care where necessary, heat pads, ice packs, correct posture and an overall balanced holistic lifestyle. They can also be viewed as viable alternatives in the health domain where traditional medicine no longer produce ready and lasting solutions with little or no serious side effects.

 

About Melony

Hi everyone, welcome to my website : “Best treatments for lower back pain”.

About three and a half years ago I suffered a terrible back injure to my lower back. I visited the doctor only to learn that this

pain was the result of an injury to my sciatic nerve. Tablets recommended and taken did not help so I started researching my own cure as the doctor stated that this nerve would never heal.

A Little story about me:

For approximately one year I suffered tremendously with lower back pains which was possibly caused when I assisted someone to remove a refrigerator from my kitchen. When I sat down or got up I would be in a lot of pain which sometimes made me cry. I do believe that lower back pains are some of the worst pains one can experience. The receptionist in the doctor’s office also shared similar sentiments.

Once on my feet and doing normal business I was OK, not feeling any pain. Once I realized that the doctor could not assist me, I started seeking outside help. The receptionist at the doctor’s office told me that she was also suffering similar complaints like myself, but that she had been using turmeric to get some relief and this she stated was somewhat helpful in giving her some relief.

So I took her advice and started taking turmeric as well as using a heating pad and a hot water bottle. I would also travel with a small ice pack placed at my lower back as I drove to work each day. However, each time I got up or sat down the pain was intense and sometime brought tears. I can even remember the very first time I visited the doctor, it took me quite some time to get out of the car because of the pain I was experiencing

At the suggestion of one of my sisters I did one month of ‘hot yoga ‘ 90 minutes classes three days a week, but this was to no avail in terms of stopping the pain. Other remedies such as pain relief lotions, creams and ointments were applied, but with not much lasting results. However, I found that yoga stretches outside of a hot room were sometime helpful in relieving the pain.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Further research led me into the usage of essential oils for lower back pains. Mixing a number of these oils proved helpful as the pain was arrested, but I had to be careful in not aggravating it by the lifting of heavy objects or by putting any form of strain on my lower back. This situation also underlined the importance of correct posture especially in sitting as well as exercise which has been a regular feature of my life. Again I had to ensure that the exercise was corrective and not harmful to my lower back, like the lifting of heavy weights.

The goal of this website is to research and share with others all the possible best treatments for lower back issues.

At the same time highlighting some practical behavioral practices and habits which also play a crucial role in the healthy functioning of the lower back, the sciatic nerve and the overall effects on the immune system . It will also be important to do a more in depth research on essentials oils which play an important role in maintaining healthy body functions, especially lower pain free backs.

So, I welcome you to enjoy, learn, share and discover, a variety of some of the best treatments for lower back pain which interrupt ‘ la joie de vivre‘ in this journey of life. It is said that the body was made to heal itself, therefore, I do believe that with the application of a balanced healthy lifestyle and correct treatments lower back pains as well as the sciatic nerve can be healed.

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