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Sometimes clients ask me me what is the most common ailment that i see in my clinic and it comes as no surprise that shoulder and back pain ranks as number 1. Statistics from the National Health Survey show about 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives. To me that is incredibly high. It is with our intention to help people ease their back pain problems.
Every week i see a good handful of clients with back issues. Bad posture was seen as the usual culprit. But now we have the added bonus of a home based couch surfing/office type scenario. Where good seating is not readily available at all times at home/work. Or simply its just putting in too many hours of work. Regardless of cause; Acupuncture, and Acupressure withperhaps cupping are my go to methods for treating this problem.
Anyways here are my top 4 tips to try today.
3 tips to help reduce your back pain today.
- Lightly and slowly breath in through the nose and out through the nose. slowly stretch. And repeat. I like to start from head down to shoulders then back. Or try a slow walk in the sun. If you just sustained an injury however its best to rest until initial pain is resolved. If you do however have some pain i would go to these first and fore most. I have many favorite points such gall bladder 31
or just plain lung 10 Yu Ji. (Refer to P.10)
And try rubbing in counter circles on the thenar muscles. Now for 2 Minutes. TRY IT!
And now, just move slowly the body part that is sore for 2 minutes also. You should find that the pain will dissipate a little. I encourage you to try it. Also if you like these are also helpful.
- Move. A lot of back pain is seen as stagnation of chi (energy) within the muscles. This causes blockages to build up over time and cause back pain. That’s why there are many cases where back pain feels better for a patient after walking or moving during the day. Try do a few light stretches through out the day to see if it improves. This works well for dull ache back pain. If the pain is more acute or sharp due to an injury or disc problem it is best to leave it alone or seek professional advise.
- Heat Packs and Spa/Suanas. There are many therapists who recommend ice for back pain and that’s okay for the initial impact or inflammation. Ice is only good for the initial stages of trauma or swelling due to injury and strain. If the back pain is a buildup of tension and stress on the muscle, you may find that a heat pack or a hot water bottle placed over the area for 10 – 15 minutes can be of great benefit. If you have no heat pack or hot water bottle you can use an ordinary drink bottle filled with warm water as a substitute. Don’t use boiling water as this may burn.
Otherwise if all those tips didn’t work or you prefer someone to treat you while you relax and enjoy getting worked on, i would be ever so happy to give you a treatment in the clinic.
“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”. ~Buddha~