Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by injury from accident, heavy lifting or exercise, muscle spasms, osteoporosis, stress and many other reasons. In Western medicine, medication, physical therapy and exercise are often recommended to treat back pain. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, back pain can be caused by external causes, internal causes and independent causes. External causes refer to invasion by the excesses of six climatic factors include wind, cold, summer heat, damp, dryness and fire. Internal causes refer to liver depression due to stress and frustration may cause sciatica and sacroiliac pain. The independent causes of back pain can be traumatic injury, dietary imbalance and insufficient exercise.
Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain
Acupuncture has become a popular treatment for managing back pain. Acupuncture points to ease back pain are located all over the body, not just over the affected area. Acupuncture treatment can help to relieve chronic back pain, reduce inflammation, improve muscle stiffness and joint mobility. It can also help to reduce use of medication.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), there are promising findings in the use of acupuncture in treating back pain, particularly in patients who do not obtain considerable relief from standard medical care by Western medicine. Many studies show that acupuncture treatment is as good as (or even better than) standard medical care for back pain.
Back Pain Relief
1) Acupressure mat is a back pain relief method you can use at home. It can increase blood flow which relieves pain and tension. The mat is covered in thousands of plastic needle points to stimulate the acupressure points on your back. The recommended method is using the mat directly on your skin. For first time user, you may want to lay a towel over the mat to reduce the intensity of the plastic needle points.
Where to buy: Acupressure Mat
2) Biomat is also a good method to relieve back pain at home, but it is more expensive than acupressure mat. It can relieve back pain by delivering warm infrared heat to the affected areas.
Where to buy: Amethyst Biomat
3) There is a liquid formula has been used by martial artists in China. It is still widely used today to treat all kind of injuries. Zheng Gu Shui is a famous Chinese herbal liniment for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints.
Where to buy: Zheng Gu Shui for Pain Relief
How to use: You can soak cotton balls with the solution and apply to the affected area. You should keep the affected area moist with the Zheng Gu Shui, and wrap the soaked cotton balls around the affected area with gauze or plastic wrap. If there is a wound on the affected area, you can apply the Zheng Gu Shui to surrounding area to help speed up the healing process.
Cupping is a very effective and safe treatment for back pain. Cupping is used together with acupuncture and massage therapy to increase the muscle relaxing and pain relieving effects of each treatment. Cupping is thought to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness associated with back pain. Professional athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramp and joint pain. (Cupping Therapy)