for back pain
acupuncture for acute/chronic back pain
At Acupuncture of Dallas, we utilize acupuncture for back pain along with alternative healing methods to help you become pain-free. You will not only experience acupuncture for back pain relief but also learn about nutrition, exercise and other valuable self-care skills to prevent recurrence and avoid unnecessary medication and surgery.
Dr. Zhou is dedicated to empowering her patients to return to a renewed, pain-free and healthier life. She provides natural, effective acupuncture for back pain relief caused by
- Muscle strains
- Muscle spasms
- Degenerative disc
- Herniated disc
Acute back pain – usually comes from muscle strains, spasms or acute back injury. In Chinese medicine, the pain’s cause is considered to be blocked or stagnant energy (Chi or Qi) in the body’s pathways. To remove this “stagnation,” Dr. Zhou focuses on restoring a smooth flow of energy and, thus, fresh blood to the body. In practicing acupuncture for back pain relief, she use distal points (hand and ear) to open channels that diminish the pain. It is not uncommon for patients to experience immediate, significant relief from back pain.
Chronic back pain – can be very complicated. Treatment of acupuncture for back pain depends on each patient’s medical history and a unique examination, including the tongue, pulse and palpation. The principle of treatment is to enhance circulation in the lumbar area and promote tissue regeneration. Based on Dr. Zhou’s many years of experience, she has determined that most disc herniations have developed through cumulative degenerative processes rather than acute injuries. For those degenerative changes in the back, treatment often involves balancing the entire body’s energy, as well as treating underlying deficiencies.
Surgery and medication are not solutions for degenerative conditions. In other cases, upper or lower back pain could be caused by a deep-seated emotional or stress-related problem, or aggravated by general tension, lack of sleep, or fatigue, as is the case with fibromyalgia. Persistent chronic back pain can also affect the nervous and immune systems, as well as precipitate depression and cause the brain to perceive even more pain. Because acupuncture is a holistic medicine, Dr. Zhou treats both physical and emotional disorders to avoid the harmful consequences of prolonged pain.
Dr. Zhou emphasizes the multiple benefits of combining herbal medicine with acupuncture to strengthen circulation. The combination achieves this by nourishing the body’s tissues and eliminating muscle fatigue. This, in turn, prevents more injury in chronic or recurrent cases.
In addition to treatment, Dr. Zhou believes it is important to make lifestyle changes, including adjusting poor posture, discontinuing improper or heavy lifting, and avoiding sitting or standing in one position for a long time. These practices can help prevent the muscles from becoming weak, rigid and inflexible. More importantly, they help prevent the person from becoming susceptible to upper or lower back injury – such as muscle sprain or strain – and, sometimes, inflammation of the nerves or discs.
We welcome all those who seek acupuncture as an alternative for alleviating back pain and reducing reliance on medications, as well as those who wish to avoid invasive surgical procedures. Most patients fully realize the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine when they are able to live a more enriched life – pain-free!
” I believe that I would never have been able to continue have a normal life without the help of her acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs” – Cathy W
“Acupuncture and few lifestyle changes helped us to get to where we are today… the proud parents of our precious little girl” – Robin & Clary
chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major facet of traditional Chinese medicine. The fundamental premise of Chinese medicine is that every condition is the result of energy deficiency, excess, or inactivity in our internal organs.