Back Pain? Why Not Get Needled Into Shape!
From The Desk
of: Dr. Sandra Testaguzza
get needled into shape to recover from their injuries. Whether
they use it to reduce pain, recover from injuries faster,
or as a drug-free method of enhancing performance, it is
clear that more and more athletes know that acupuncture
help them stay in top form. Not surprisingly, the use of
acupuncture by well-known athletes may be one reason for
the increasing interest in this ancient healing practice
by the general public. The public realizes that their sports
idols are using acupuncture to help with pain or to speed
recovery. Then they decide that maybe they should try it
for themselves. Why
Needling acupuncture points is known to stimulate the nervous
system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord
and brain. These chemicals change the experience of pain,
and trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones
which influence the body's own healing mechanisms.
Experts especially use acupuncture
for chronic low back pain. Low back pain is one of the most
common ailments in the United States and Canada, "second
only to the common cold."
Back pain is often mysterious. Injury to muscles,
ligament nerves, or the spine can sometimes be responsible,
but most people with back pain cannot recall a specific
incident that caused the pain. Weak muscles in the back
and abdomen is sometimes the cause. MRIs (which use magnetic
fields and radio waves to reveal the spine in more detail
than an X-ray) and other imaging tests may reveal nothing,
despite the pain.
In fact, abnormal-looking disks are just
as likely to show up in people with no back pain as in those
with pain. In Chinese Medicine, 95 % of low back problems
are occasioned by low kidney energy, meaning that there
is a shortage of energy flowing in the back area through
kidney & bladder meridians, causing stiffness or pain
that could eventually irradiate in the leg area known as
sciatica. Other symptoms related to kidney energy such as
fatigue, incontinence, headaches, sinusitis and upper neck
& shoulder pain can also be alleviated at the same time
within the same treatment.
pain may also be a sign of arthritis. In fact, acupuncture
has proven to give excellent results in arthritic related
problems, joint & knee pain as well, whether your pain
is weather related or not.
Researchers in the U.K. asked 50
top experts in the field of lower back pain to complete
a questionnaire designed to gather opinion on the effectiveness
of complementary methods of treating this very common condition.
When analyzed, the results suggest that for low back pain,
most experts considered acupuncture most effective. Apart
from the discomfort, back pain complicates your life--it's
hard to work, exercise, golf, or enjoy life when you are
consult your family physician if your back pain is accompanied
by numbness, nausea, fever, and or vomiting. A child or
elderly person with sudden back pain needs medical attention.
According to the World Health Organization, these
conditions can be managed and overcome by acupuncture: bursitis...
tendonitis... sciatica... low back pain... headaches...
neck & shoulder pain arthritis... joint pain... carpal
tunnel... dizziness...migraines... shingles... allergies...
sinusitis... asthma... digestive disorders... insomnia...
hot flashes... depression…nausea... stress urinary problems...
menstrual disorders... addiction.
Sandra is a
sports medicine specialist, herself a Black Belt in Chinese
Martial Arts. She obtained her private practice license
from the Quebec Medical Association, is a certified professor
of acupuncture and has 17 years experience in private practice.
She is also affiliated with York University-on the Advisory
Board as a Wellness Consultant.
Sandra works in collaboration with chiropractors
and medical doctors to give her patient the best and safest
care possible. She has had wonderful success in treating
pain and takes in patients she is sure are acupuncture candidates.
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