June 11, 2023
If you’ve been experiencing back pain, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is a common issue affecting millions of Americans. However, there’s an easy self-care routine that you can do for just three minutes a day to help alleviate the pain.
I found that massaging the acupressure point can help release pain instantly. It’s important to locate the specific point and apply pressure gently but firmly. You can use your fingers or a massage tool to do this. Remember to breathe deeply and relax while massaging the point. It may take a few minutes of steady pressure, but many people find relief from pain using acupressure.
To alleviate lower back pain, it’s crucial to loosen the SI joint. The SI joint is linked to numerous muscles responsible for external rotation, such as the gluteal muscles, and is essential in pelvis rotation.
When the SI joint becomes tight and doesn’t move properly, it can cause pain in the lower back muscles. Fortunately, there is an acupressure point called GB25 that can help release the SI joint and alleviate this discomfort.
For Self-Care of Lower Back Pain, GB25 is a crucial acupuncture point that can alleviate tension in the SI joint and QL muscle. This point is located just below the 12th rib, and you can find it by placing your thumbs at the spot while your hands rest on your waist.
To feel instant relief, I recommend following these four simple steps daily: First, press and hold a specific point while taking a deep breath for 10 seconds. Next, tilt your body to the right while exhaling. Then, repeat the same process on the left side. Finally, do this ten times a day for best results.
This exercise targets the muscle that connects to the SI joint, which helps to relax the low back muscles. Acupuncturists often use this specific acupuncture point to alleviate low back pain.
Yes. During the initial acupuncture session, we assessed your low back and muscle tightness. If you are experiencing pain, you may have difficulty bending forward or leaning back. However, acupuncture can effectively alleviate low back pain and sciatica by targeting inflammation and swelling, as well as restoring movement in the affected area.
Within six weeks to 3 months, most of our patients looked back to normal, and they were close to 80% recovered in terms of back mobility. Even then, recovery is not guaranteed.
Receiving treatment for low back pain as soon as possible usually leads to a better outcome. However, some patients wait months or even years before seeking treatment, which can make their cases more complicated and require a longer recovery time. Even then, there is no guarantee of complete recovery.
When it comes to Acupuncture, the frequency of treatments depends on the condition being treated. Newer and acute conditions will require more frequent visits for optimal results, while older and chronic conditions will benefit from less frequent visits. For example, if you have recently developed low back pain, you may need 2-3 treatments per week to see the best results, whereas chronic cases typically only require one treatment per week.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a low back pain and want to learn more about Acupuncture and whether it’s appropriate for your case, send us a message through our contact page.
I hope it helps.
Satoru Ozawa, L.Ac, ATC
I want to share about Acute Bell's Palsy and what you should avoid doing if you have it. I noticed that some could worsen it or cause...
Massaging and stretching are essential tools for Trigger Finger. I'll share how to massage & stretch that you can do at home to avoid steroid shots or...