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Moderate to severe lower back pain is more than a nuisance. It can hinder your ability to perform everyday tasks, exercise and participate fully in your home life. It can also mean taking prescription opiate pain killers on a regular basis and dealing with side-effects and the risk of addiction. Acupuncture is a safe alternative for reducing lower back pain and your dependence on powerful pain medications. For more information contact Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas today at 702-732-0178.
Eighty percent of all individuals will experience some type of lower back pain. It can be caused by weak back or ab muscles, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, poor posture, being overweight, sciatica, strains and sprains in the lower back, a sports injury or a work related injury, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc diseases and arthritis.
Symptoms can range from mild or uncomfortable to severe and debilitating and include generalized or localized pain, pain that radiates down one or both legs, numbness, muscle weakness, muscle spasms and reduced range of motion or difficulty walking, standing and moving from a sitting position to standing or standing to sitting.
Many individuals with lower back pain have to change positions frequently in order to reduce flare-ups and stave off stiffness.
Traditional medical intervention for back pain involves the use of opiate pain killers and surgery. Pain killers, especially opiate pain medications, can cause several undesirable side-effects, including drowsiness, unclear thinking, nausea and confusion. Individuals that take prescription pain medications for long periods of time are at risk of developing a tolerance and becoming addicted.
Lower back pain surgeries require long recovery and rehabilitation times and have poor success rates.
Acupuncture can help alleviate acute and chronic back pain and lower your dependence on opiate pain killers and powerful anti-inflammatories. Acupuncture works on the theory that the human body has certain energy pathways, and when those pathways become blocked or slow, pain and illness develop. Acupuncture helps release the blocked energy in the body to promote well-being and pain relief.
During the session, long, thin needles are placed into the skin and specific points in the lower back and left there for a certain period of time in order to stimulate the function of the central nervous system. It is thought that the thin needles promote the release of certain chemicals in the brain and endorphins. The holistic treatment may also improve the rate of speed at which the brain sends and receives signals.
The benefits of acupuncture are often felt immediately, but certain individuals may need several sessions before they notice a dramatic reduction in their back pain.
Acupuncture contains very few, if any, side-effects and can be used in conjunction with other traditional and holistic medical treatments, including electro-acupuncture and heat therapy.
To schedule an appointment to see if acupuncture can help with your lower back pain, call our Las Vegas office at 702-732-0178.