Back pain is a common condition in Western culture that often results from sedentary lifestyles; poor ergonomic conditions in the workplace, chronic inflammation and stress. Back pain is the largest cause of work related absence in the US, with the tremendous impact on business, with an estimated annual cost nearing $100 billion in lost productive time. Studies show that most of the pain-related lost productive time occurs while employees are at work and is in the form of reduced performance, not absence from work. It is estimated that chronic back pain costs suffers above $10,000 annually.
After taking a medical history and performing a detailed physical examination, we will plan a course of treatment. Depending on a patient’s condition, a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and an anti-inflammatory diet may be prescribed. Each session, which usually lasts about forty five minutes, may involve acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, may be used to regulate the energy balance and get through any blockage in the body’s meridians, particularly the bladder and kidney meridians. Other modalities such as soft-tissue mobilization, gentle, repetitive movement of joints, and rapid guiding of the joints through their normal range of movements, may all be considered depending on each individual. Most patients will experience some improvement and some will achieve a complete cure after a course of this treatment. There may also be advice on posture, exercise, diet and stress management techniques. Acupuncture is also successful in the treatment of other painful conditions, such as migraine, shoulder, neck pain and sciatica.
Poor ergonomics contribute to millions of injuries annually. For example, over five million workers sustain overextension injuries per year. Through ergonomics, workplaces can be designed so that workers do not have to overextend themselves and the manufacturing industry could save billions in workers’ compensation. Ergonomics can help reduce costs by improving safety of employees, both long and short-term. This would decrease the money paid out in workers’ compensation. We provide “Optimum Ergonomics” program and educated you on proper ergonomics at the workplace. If you associate your work with musculoskeletal pain or stress consider ask your employer to contact us for more info.
Tuina is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body into balance. Range of motion, traction, muscle activation, stretching and stimulation of acupoints can be used in the treatment of chronic and acute back pain, and sports injuries.
There are a number of homeopathic remedies that is commonly associated with the treatment of back pain. Rhus tox is a very common remedy when there is stiffness in the back and particularly if there is a stiffness after the first movement of the day which then disappears. Arnica is also useful, especially when there is a sensation of bruising in the back, and after mental or physical trauma. Sometimes the problem is weakness in the back rather than pain, and then phosphoric acid is used. Ruta grav and Hypericum are often indicated when nerve damage is involved.
Arthur Gazaryants, L.Ac.
Acupuncture is safe, effective, and natural, it has been used very effectively for thousands of years by literally billions of people worldwide for a variety of disorders.