June 11, 2023
There are 5 true or false questions about low back pain. Because low back pain is one of the most widespread disorders in the United States, one in 4 people in the population of the US has had low back pain in their lives. I believe you want to understand the truth of lower back pain.
Taking care of your low back pain is really important and stretching can definitely help. But it’s not a complete solution! To prevent future pain, it’s crucial to address the root causes of muscle tightness. While stretching can provide temporary relief, understanding why your muscles tighten up is key to effectively managing your pain. So keep up the stretching, but also take some time to figure out what’s causing your muscles to tighten in the first place!
Poor posture can cause lower back pain. But even if you correct your posture, the pain may not go away completely. Even ballerinas who have great posture can experience discomfort because constantly changing your posture can create bad habits. The key is not just standing up straight, but correcting those habits to reduce the chance of pain.
Tight muscles or joints can cause low back pain, but even if you’re super flexible, like a ballerina who can do a 180-degree leg split, you might feel this discomfort. Your joints have two jobs: to help you move and to keep you stable. If your hip joints are too mobile, your muscles can strain and cause pain. It’s important to balance being able to move and being steady. If you overstretch, you might lose your range of motion, making it hard to move correctly. It’s a good idea to keep your muscles stable and ensure your joints have enough stability to avoid putting too much pressure on your lower back.
I understand that strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight muscles is important. However, it can be more complicated. Strengthening weak muscles can sometimes cause more pain in your low back, so it’s important to understand why the muscles are weak before enhancing them. Muscle fatigue can also make muscles vulnerable, so it’s important to rest when necessary instead of pushing through and causing more pain. Knowing when to rest and when to strengthen is key.
Improper movement habits, such as squatting and standing, can cause lower back pain. The lumber, hip, and pelvis work together, and when you remain in the same position for too long, such as sitting, your hip joint tightens, and the extra force is transferred to your lumber and pelvis, leading to lower back pain. If you spend a lot of time doing computer work, your body may learn these poor movement habits, resulting in low back pain.
Yes. Acupuncture is very effective for low back pain and sciatica. We examined your low back and muscle tightness during the initial acupuncture session. You may be unable to bend forward or lean back due to pain. The treatments focused on reducing inflammation and swelling and restoring movement in the low back. Acupuncture has been shown in many studies to be incredibly practical in reducing pain and inflammation due to its ability to stimulate the body to release its natural painkillers. So, you start feeling relieved from the pain after each session.
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.
As a general rule of thumb, the sooner one receives treatment, the better the prognosis.
Some patients come for low back pain treatment months or even years after the initial onset, and these chronic cases are often more complex and take a much longer time to achieve results. Even then, recovery is not guaranteed.
Regarding the frequency of treatments, Acupuncture follows a simple rule. Acute and relatively new conditions are most effectively treated with more frequent visits, whereas chronic and old conditions can benefit from more widespread treatments. In other words, if you just had an onset of low back pain, you will probably be prescribed 2-3 treatments per week in order to get the most effective results, and chronic cases will generally come in only once a 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
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