Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek the help of our Acupuncture Team in Oakville – 80% of people will experience it at some point in their life. Lower back pain is always a nuisance and can really affect our ability to carry on our daily activities. Getting adjusted and muscle release can really improve lower back pain – but have you tried acupuncture for low back pain? For people experiencing that dull, achy muscle pain in the lower back, Oakville acupuncture can really be a life saver!
Oakville Acupuncture Treatment
The acupuncture needles are inserted along the spine to affect the nerves as they exit the spinal cord. What happens in an Acupuncture treatment with Dr. Jenn? These nerves innervate the muscles of the lower back and glutes, which often contribute to lower back pain. This sounds scary but it really isn’t. By targeting the nerves as they leave the spinal cord we can actually have an effect on areas much further away from the spine, even as far as the feet. If you have been diagnosed with Sciatica check out Dr. Jenn’s advice on Sciatica and treatment in Oakville.
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Acupuncture is one of the only conservative treatments that have such a big impact on the nerves and our nerves are what carry our pain signals and activate our muscles! Inserting needles into the glutes is an amazing way to release muscle tension and decrease pain. Oftentimes, weak glute muscles can exacerbate back pain and acupuncture can also help that issue! Some great glute and piriformis exercises can be found here. Acupuncture can stimulate and ‘wake-up’ the nerves, leading to more effective muscle activation, decreased pain and less dysfunction of the lower back and pelvis. Whether the muscles are too tight or too weak, acupuncture can help. How amazing is that!?
Another muscle that is easily treated by Acupuncture and can be the root cause of many patients chronic back pain is the Quadratus Lumborum Muscle. Our Acupuncturist says this muscle can get overly tight from a weak core and poor posture and pull on the Sacral Iliac Joint. This can casue a SI joint dysfunction and pain when the patients is sitting, from sitting to standing or even from walking for a period of time. Treatment options from our Acupuncture team many and they have great success loosening up the Quadratus Lumborum and allowing the SI joint to function properly.
The final muscle that could be the culprit of a patients low back pain is the Psoas Muscle or hip flexor. Information on tight psoas and treatment. As our society becomes more sedentary and dependent on computer and desk work we are going to see an increase in pain in the low back coming from incredibly tight hip flexors and psoas muscle. Acupuncture treatment for tight hip flexors and psoas can be hugely beneficial after just one or two treatments. Our Acupuncturist will use a combination of hands on treatment and acupuncture needles to loosen up the hip flexors that get tight from sitting all day!
Acupuncture Treatment for Low Back Pain Oakville
Back pain can be caused by small joints in the back that are stuck or stiff. The nerves of the spine cross in very close proximity to these joints, so a stuck joint can also impact the nerves in the area. Acupuncture treatments to those areas can help decrease the sensitivity of the pain causing structures (the joint) and decrease the resulting inflammation around the nerves. This leads to a decrease in pain for you!
Stretching and exercises are also an important part of recovery from lower back. If the pain is severe, check out the Rescue Position for low back pain from our Oakville Acupuncture Team.
If you’re experiencing acute or chronic lower back pain, acupuncture can help you! Come visit us at Nottinghill Family Wellness and ask our Acupuncturist, Dr. Jenn, how acupuncture can get rid of your back pain. Call us at 905-827-4197 to start acupuncture treatment on your lower back today