Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Treated with Acupuncture
Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions treated with acupuncture. TCM Dr. Bill Zhang's patients usually start to feel relief for their lower back pain after one or more treatments from Newtown Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre.
There are two types chronic and acute case: The symptoms of the lower back pains are: soreness, stiffness, and dull ache in the lower back on one or both sides or at the center of the lumber spine.
Some patients with sciatica may experience pain, tingling, numbness, radiating in the thighs and legs or even to the feet. Prolonged sitting, standing, walking or even lying in the bed, can aggravate the lower back pain. X-ray or MRI may show a narrowing of disc space or even disc protrusion that may or may not press on the nerve at L4-L5 or L5-S1. The same disc protrusion may cause narrowing of the spinal canal resulting lumbar stenosis. Some patients may already have one or more surgeries. But the lower back pain persisted even after multiple sessions with physical therapy and chiropractic treatments. In such situation, acupuncture provides an alternative to those patients who has failed the procedures listed above and those who wish not to have surgery or under constant heavy pain medications.
TCM Dr.Bill's approach with acupuncture to treat low back pain is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine methods. His unique acupuncture point selection is designed to improve blood circulation and relax paraspinal muscles allowing more fluid and nutrients to nourish the disc thereby increase the elasticity of the discs. Such increase in the elasticity of the discs thru acupuncture can help in reduce the disc protrusion and thus reduce and eliminating the lower back pain. A companion exercise program is also given to the patients undergoing acupuncture for lower back pain and sciatica.