Get relief from back pain with acupuncture
If you’ve been experiencing pain in your lower back, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is one of the most common aches for adults. And while painkillers may bring some temporary relief, it does not treat the underlying cause.
‘‘Back pain may be caused through habit – poor posture, being ‘out of shape’ or overweight; or from arthritis; or through incorrect lifting or a burst of physical exertion,’’ says Ben Lian, director of Meridian Health.
‘‘Stretched muscles cause strains and tears, making the spine less stable. In acupuncture terms, we say it affects the ‘meridians’, the channels that deliver blood, nutrients and oxygen to all points of the body. When the flow through these meridians is impaired, the body struggles to repair itself.’’
Ben, who is a fully trained NZ/ACC approved acupuncturist, always takes time to evaluate a patient’s overall health before embarking on any procedure.
‘‘In Chinese medicine, there are three broad categories of causes of low back pain. External causes include wind, cold, dampness and dryness. Internal causes refer to damage by the seven passions or emotions. Independent cause could include traumatic injury and poor diet. We take all of these factors into account when treating a patient. Acupuncture stimulates the Qi points, improves blood flow and reduces inflammation. The production of endorphins also improves the immune system and improves your overall feeling of well-being.’’
Western medicine tends to agree. According to the 2013 report from Arthritis Research UK, acupuncture is the most effective form of complementary therapy for treating lower back pain, osteoarthritis and fybromyalgia. And the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians state that acupuncture should be considered for patients with lower back pain when conventional treatment isn’t helping.
‘‘While chronic back pain is unlikely to mend immediately, ongoing treatment can produce effective results.’’
Your acupuncturist will start with a thorough evaluation of the injury or pain source, including your patient history and overall health, before making a decision on the best course of action.
To help resolve back problems, see the friendly team at Meridian Acupuncture Health Centre and take advantage of their multi-treatment specials: Receive eight (Personal) or 12 (Family) acupuncture treatments, and pay $75 per treatment. Single treatments are $90.
Meridian Acupuncture is at 156 Waipuna Road East, Mt Wellington. Phone (09) 527-0383 or 021 1885 566, or visit www. meridianacupuncture.co.nz.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm. Saturday: by appointment