3 Acupressure Points for Low Back Pain

Statistics show that almost eight out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. This can also be attributed to the fact that many people suffer from low-grade dehydration because they don’t drink enough water and they don’t ingest enough healthy fats that keep the muscles and tendons loose. It is also very well known that in the United States, people are too sedentary, and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Acupuncture: Not Just Needles

Cupping Acupuncture When people ask me what I do I usually say I’m an acupuncturist but it is more realistic to say I am a practitioner of Chinese Medicine which includes so much more than needles! Let’s explore this ancient therapy.

First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is correct then deciding on the treatment plan is easy! The same is true for Western medicine. I ask many questions to build a history; this includes the answers to emotions, general mood, digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, lifestyle, and stress level, for example. I also take special note of posture and gait. After that, there is usually a pulse and tongue analysis to determine where the pattern and root are, primarily. If it is orthopedic in nature (low back pain, broken bone, sprained ankle, etc.) I usually skip that part and tend to the pain immediately. After this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined. What might be included in this plan? continue reading »