Enjoying your weekend golf game but suffering from lower back pain as a result? Did you overdo the yard work this weekend and are now suffering? You aren’t alone! Consider acupuncture treatment as an alternative treatment program to more traditional treatments.
- want to continue playing golf and other sports as your means of weekend exercise and recreation
- love gardening but your lower back pain is getting you down
- are a male or female “weekend warrior” between the ages of 16 and 75
- have the time for 2-3 treatments per week
- lower back pain is one of the most common ailments among the general population
- lower back pain is most commonly treated with either medication or modalities (ice, heat, ultrasound)
- acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment for those who do not wish to take medication or use modalities.
So How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is actually an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine involving very thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points. These acupuncture points are “trigger points” in the muscles and great relief from pain can be achieved by “needling” these points. Besides these trigger points in the muscles, acupuncture points can also be found at other significant anatomical sites, like the nerve-rich areas of tendons and their attachment to the bones. Some treatments have also shown to improve blood flow to the muscles or improve the white blood cell count to assist with the immune system.
Acupunture and the Active Person
Acupuncture offers the active person many ways to complement their training program. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are the two polar, yet complimentary, opposites, much like the positive and negative aspects of an electric charge. For the active person, yin would be rest and recovery while yang relates to competing and performing. Also, the training period could be yin and competition and “game day” could be yang. Acupuncture can be incorporated into both of these components of the athletic experience as a measure of preventive alternative medicine.
- acupuncture has been known to resolve pain, accelerate healing and increase range of motion. It achieves this by decreasing inflammation, swelling and bruising, relaxing muscles, relieving spasms and lowering the body’s pain response and improving circulation.
- Acupuncture strengthens the immune system by increasing the body’s level of T-cells (cells that destroy harmful bacteria in the body)
- Acupuncture has been known to speed up recovery time and the healing process.
And, there are virtually no side-effects to acupuncture!
Acupuncture is a complement to our other healthcare services and helps patients achieve optimal health.