Neck & Back Pain
Overview of Neck and Back Pain
Neck and back pains can come from a variety of causes and manifest in many different ways. Neck or back pain may stem from trauma, muscle or ligament strains, tight muscles, arthritis, a “pinched” nerve, or other structural issues. Typically, neck and back pain is classified as acute or chronic depending on how long you’ve had the issue. Conservative, non-invasive treatment is often the first step; this includes ice, heat, massage, acupuncture, chiropractics, or stretching.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture has a proven track record for effectively treating many different types of pain, but neck and back pain has to be one of the most commonly treated pain conditions in the clinic. There are three main ways that acupuncture effectively treats pain. Acupuncture treats pain by increasing circulation to the area which brings fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the area so it has the resources to heal and function properly. Secondly, it reduces inflammation in the area, and lastly, it encourages tight muscles to relax and release.
Acupuncture may be combined with dry needling techniques to release trigger points, infrared heat to relax tight muscles, or other therapies. Often, acupuncture will be combined with cupping. Cupping also encourages increased circulation to the area as well as helping to relax tight muscles. The combination makes for an awesome treatment for pain, and the cupping feels amazing!
What Does The Research Say?
Low back pain is one of the most researched conditions treated by acupuncture. Due to lots of positive research, The American College of Physicians (ACP) has included acupuncture in its’ guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. Providers are encouraged to recommend non-invasive treatments for back pain including acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation. Find more info here.