Most people suffer back pain at some point in their lives.
Back pain can present in different ways. It may be a first or a repeating episode, mild or strong, it may feel sharp or dull. Back pain can seriously restrict the range of movement. It can present with sciatica, where severe pain or numbing sensations radiate down the leg. Back pain may react differently to hot or cold and either ease or worsen with activity or pressure.
So What Happened?
From a Western Medicine perspective, back pain may arise from a number of causes: muscular fatigue or tension; a strained muscle or sprained ligament with inflammation; perhaps a spinal misalignment that causes immobility or sharp pain; a bulging disk or ruptured disk. Lumbar pain is thought to be due to natural degenerative changes that occur over years, or to emanate from internal organs or other diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views pain as a blockage in the flow of Blood and Qi (life force). Blood and Qi stasis can be borne of cold, trauma or deficiency. Each cause gives rise to a different set of symptoms. Symptoms provide a clinical pattern, and each clinical pattern has a recognized treatment protocol.
Once injury occurs, Western Medicine reaches a diagnosis through scans and X-Rays, which provide a useful tool to understand the physical state of the body, and outline clear boundaries for safe practice. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a deep understanding of the energetic cause, and of pre-existing conditions that may have led to the current injury. TCM is well equipped to deal with a wide range of these conditions & causes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the presenting pain and rebalances the body with Acupuncture, through its effects on the nervous system and flow of Qi and blood. Herbs are used to re-adjust the organic relationships and individual organ functions, to treat internal disharmony. The aim is to further strengthen the body on all levels, to prevent future injury.
If you have an MRI, Ultrasound or X-ray report, it is wise to bring it to the clinic. If you do not, it can be arranged with your GP in case it becomes necessary.
In treating back pain, both Eastern and Western medical views are adopted in my clinic, as both views hold a great deal of wisdom.
Spinal misalignments are corrected by physical non-manipulative means, a rather gentle and very specific approach that enable the realignment of the sacrum in its relations to other spinal segments. One by one, every vertebrae is examined and mobilized gently. This offers a powerful effect, reduces local and sciatic pain, improves mobility and tends to reduce the inflammatory vicious cycle, to substantially improve your back’s recovery time.
Several deep tissue techniques are adopted: Japanese Shiatsu, Chinese Pressure Point Therapy (Tui Na), Western Remedial Massage, Sport Massage & Suction Cups. These techniques work well together, or in isolation.
Acupuncture and Herbs are adopted to deal with the deeper cause of the pain, and provide for a longer-lasting, more holistic and individualized approach to treatment.
With a gentle and balanced approach, combining Eastern and Western knowledge, you can achieve a stronger, pain-free back and promote a healthier state of general well being.