Chronic back pain is a persistent, long-lasting condition that sticks around for more than 12 weeks, often even after the initial injury or cause of the pain has been treated.
For the millions of Americans living with this discomfort, effective treatment that not only treats symptoms but improves your quality of life appears elusive.
Many people are turning to natural therapies as they become increasingly wary of synthetic medications and surgery. Acupuncture Health Services, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Michael Beys, LAc, DACm, is committed to offering a range of such natural treatments scientifically proven to improve your chronic back pain and overall well-being.
In this article, we’ll explore four treatments that could help you achieve a pain-free life.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It’s based on the principle of balancing the flow of energy, or “Qi,” within the body to stimulate healing and provide relief from various conditions, including back pain.
When the needles are inserted, they stimulate the nervous system, releasing endorphins. These chemicals function as natural painkillers and can significantly reduce pain. Acupuncture can also improve blood circulation, which further helps alleviate back pain.
Cupping therapy is another age-old technique rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves placing special cups on your skin to create a vacuum, drawing the skin and underlying tissues into the cup.
The suction pulls the skin and superficial muscle layers into the cup, drawing blood to the affected area. This increases blood circulation, which is essential for tissue repair and cellular function.
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you’re in pain, but it’s crucial for improving back conditions. The right kind of exercise can strengthen your back and core muscles, offering more support to your spine.
A typical regimen may involve stretching, low-impact aerobic exercises, and strength training. However, consulting a doctor is crucial to finding a program tailored to your needs.
pain over the long term, often as effectively as surgery.
Using plants for medicinal purposes is one of the oldest forms of health care. Certain herbs like turmeric and willow bark have anti-inflammatory properties and can be taken in various forms.
The active compounds in these herbs can reduce inflammation and relieve pain when consumed as teas, capsules, or even topical creams.
Always consult your doctor before starting any herbal regimen, especially if taking other medications, to avoid potential interactions.
Finding long-term pain relief from your chronic back pain can be challenging. However, natural therapies align with both your body and nature. And for those looking to integrate these treatments into their healthcare routine, there’s no better place to start than Acupuncture Health Services.
We offer professional, individualized care backed by ancient wisdom and modern science. Book an appointment with us today to begin your journey toward a more pain-free, holistic lifestyle.