Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in people under the age of 45. This type of chronic pain seldom gets better with conventional medical care, but you have hope when you’re treated with acupuncture. Vonda Muncy, LAc, DiplAc, at Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness specializes in several acupuncture techniques that effectively relieve low back pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Castle Rock, Colorado, or use the online booking feature.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

Your lower back is vulnerable to painful injuries and degeneration because it supports the weight of your body while providing optimal flexibility. As you twist, bend, and lift — and especially if you frequently perform these movements — it’s easy to injure ligaments and muscles.

As you get older, years of repetitive movements lead to degenerative changes that cause inflammation and pinched nerves. Some of the most common degenerative conditions that cause low back pain include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Spinal stenosis

Some underlying health conditions that aren’t related to your spine, such as fibromyalgia, can also cause back pain.

Will I have symptoms other than pain?

The type of back pain varies for each person. You may have a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain. It could be a constant problem or only flare up occasionally. However, pain caused by a problem with your spine isn’t the only symptom you may experience.

If you have a pinched nerve, you can also develop tingling, numbness, and pain anywhere along the nerve. One of the best examples is sciatica, which causes sharp pain and tingling that shoots from your lower back down your leg.

How does acupuncture relieve low back pain?

Acupuncture is one of the best choices for alleviating low back pain because this type of pain seldom responds to conventional medical treatment. Some doctors resort to prescribing addictive opioids to help their patients find temporary relief. But even opioids don’t produce satisfactory results. 

Medical care has such a poor track record that even the American College of Physicians published guidelines recommending that treatment for low back pain should begin with heat, massage, and acupuncture.

Vonda uses several acupuncture methods to alleviate your back pain, including the balance method, which uses acupuncture points that produce faster pain relief. You can also stay fully clothed because the points are in distal areas. 

All types of acupuncture are based on the principle that energy pathways in your body called meridians must remain open to maintain optimal health. By inserting acupuncture needles in the meridians associated with the cause of your low back pain, the energy is unblocked and your body’s balance is restored. As a result, natural healing takes place and your pain is relieved. 

If you suffer from ongoing back pain, call Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness or book an appointment online to learn more about how acupuncture can help.