Acupuncture for relieving back pain
- Repetitive or heavy lifting eg. manual handling
- Poor posture
- Sedentary lifestyle, not enough movement or exercise
- Sudden awkward movement
- Being overweight
- Accident – car accident, falling, etc.
- Muscle tension from stress
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Can acupuncture treatment provide relief for back pain?
What is an acupuncture treatment for back pain like?
I’ll start by taking a thorough history of your pain and injury to help determine causes and contributing factors. If you have had any x-rays or other scans done, please bring along the reports as they help to guide my treatment.
After a discussion of how the treatment will proceed, I will have you lie comfortably on the table. Generally I will have you lie face down, but I know that holding that position for an extended period can be very uncomfortable with back pain, so I am also able to treat you face up or in a recliner in the initial stages if needed. It is important that you’re comfortable on the table so you can lie there with ease and no restrictions, allowing the needles to do their work.
Once the needles are in, I’ll leave you to rest under a heat lamp for 25-30 minutes. The initial appointment will take an hour, with follow ups done in about 50 minutes.
How long will I need to get treatments for?
It can be really hard to predict the improvements from back pain, as there are so many factors involved e.g. how long you’ve had the pain for, your work or study requirements, your age, fitness levels and ability to participate in rehab stretching or exercises. I will be able to give you a more accurate idea of a treatment plan after I’ve met with you, but generally you should start to feel some relief in the first couple of sessions.