Pain is a signal from the body to the brain of a dysfunction. Pain can be caused by many things including an acute (recent) or chronic (old) injury, irritation from repetitive use such as tendinitis (tennis/golfers elbow) or tissue breakdown (arthritis/disk degeneration). Organ dysfunction may also cause pain: appendicitis may cause pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, kidney stones may cause low back pain, diverticulitis/ulcer/pelvic inflammatory disease may cause pain in the stomach area. Even though the causes may be different, they are all a signal of dysfunction. Chinese Medicine says where there is stagnation, there is pain. When blood, qi, nutrients and oxygen are not circulating properly to all your tissues, stagnation will arise that starves the tissues of these vital substances. When this happens they begin to break down and you are not able to heal.
LOW BACK PAIN
Lower back pain is experienced by half of all Americans over the age of 40, and is the major reason for lost time from work. Low back pain is the most common injury I see my clinic. Low back pain can be caused by many things including but not limited too: accident, herniation, disk degeneration and kidney infection/stones. Symptoms may include pain, tenderness, limited range of motion, worm or cold to the touch, stabbing, shooting or soreness. An acute or inflamed injury is treated differently than a chronic one. In an acute injury there is inflammation and irritation on local nerves that needs to be reduced causing sharp, stabbing and sometimes shooting pain. There will be limited range of motion. This is the body's way of bracing or guarding the area so you do not move and injure it further. In a chronic injury, there might still be guarding but it will be more of a dull, constant ache. If it is due to an infection, the infection has to be addressed first.
This is an intense burning, numbness or shooting pain that starts in your low back and radiates to your lower leg or foot.This is caused by a disk herniation that is pinching on the sciatic nerve.
TREATING LOW BACK PAIN
If you are experiencing low back pain, you should always seek a professional to get a proper diagnosis. After the initial inflammation is gone, here are some tips to help heal and stabilize your low back. Strengthening your core (low back, abdomen, glut) will help stabilize and prevent initial or further injury. Stretching helps lengthen and relax tight muscles. Light impact activities such as swimming, walking and biking will keep your body circulating which will speed up the healing process. I always recommend a warm Epsom salt bath. This will detoxify the body as well as sooth tight and achy muscles. Use 2 cups of salt in a bath tub and soak for 10-15 minutes. When you get out, cover your low back with a robe or towel so it does not get cold and tighten back up. Check your posture! Sitting produces 5 times more compressive force on the low back than standing or walking. Sitting in a slouching position will weaken then connective tissues, allowing the discs to bulge back. These do not apply to back pain due to infection.
Neck pain can be caused by trauma/accident, muscle tension, whip lash, cervical disk herniation, cervical disk degeneration and cervical osteoarthritis. There are other causes but these are the most common.
Neck Pain That Radiates Down The Arm
As in sciatica and low back pain, if you are experiencing pain that starts in the neck and radiates to the shoulders or down into the arm and/or hand, you may have a herniated disk or pinched nerve.
Treating Neck Pain
Just like there are many causes for neck pain the treatments are different as well. If you are having chronic pain, you should seek a professional for a proper diagnosis. Pain is coming from muscle tension is commonly worse in the morning and better as you get wormed up or after a warm shower. This is due to poor circulation either from trauma or stress.
The knee is a pretty complex joint and is prone to athletic injury. It may look like a simple joint, but the knee is more likely to be injured than any other joint in the body. The quadriceps muscles are on the front of the knee, and the hamstrings are on the back of the knee. These are the muscles that bend (flex and extend) the knee.There are 4 ligaments in the knee joint that keep it stable: medial collateral, lateral collateral, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments. The meniscus (medial and lateral) are C shaped cartilage structures that let the knee move smoothly, and the patella which is a small flat bone that moves with your thigh and attaches to the quadriceps. Since there are a lot of things that can go on, I will go over the most common injury's.
Chondromalacia and Runner's Knee
These are both referring to pain under the knee cap. They often develop over time with no specific injury. Chondromalacia is a softening or a wearing of of the cartilage on the back of the patella (knee cap). Runner's knee is caused by misalignment of the kneecap due to improper running, walking or muscle imbalance. This will cause the kneecap to rub unevenly and excessively on the femur wearing out the cartilage slowly. In either of these conditions, there is pain under the kneecap as well as possible noise such as popping, cracking or grating when the knee is bent or straightened.
Torn ACL or Medial Collateral Ligament
Proper rest is essential to good health, and Insomnia is a sign of imbalance. If your sleep is habitually disturbed it can be very damaging to the vital energy of the body and immune system. Sleep can be disrupted by pain, hormonal imbalance’s, digestive or cardiovascular disorders, anxiety and depression, and many medications have the side effect of sleeplessness.
In our fast paced society sleep can be taken for granted, and many of us develop unhealthy patterns of sleep early in life, but lack of proper sleep does eventually take its toll. If you feel that you are not getting the rest you should, take steps to change it now; you will be truly grateful or the benefits you receive. You will be amazed at how a good night's sleep can change your life. With more rest your energy and focus improve, the immune system and your body's ability to deal with stress are strengthened, and nagging health conditions resolve more easily.
Are you puzzled on what to do to alleviate symptoms of poor digestion? For over 2500 years Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have shown to be very effective means of helping with digestive health. The foundation of Chinese Medicine is the energetic understanding of the vital organs, such as the stomach, kidneys, liver, gall bladder, and intestines, and how they work together as a team. Considering we live in a very toxic world filled with chemicals and Processed food it can often take a toll on our Digestive System.When there is enough accumulated unprocessed "junk" the digestive health and overall health starts to break down, sometimes in some very strange and severe ways. Helping get things flowing again will often begin to rewind the disease process.
Whether seasonal or Chronic allergies to dust, pollen, and molds are the response of a comprised Immune system. Chinese medicine offers effective non-drug therapy to manage the acute symptoms of allergic reactions, the real gift of Chinese medicine is to boost the body’s immunity so as to reduce or eliminate one’s allergic response.In today’s modern world we are constantly exposed to a variety of allergens and harmful chemicals. A strong Immune Response is vital for the body to ward off Harmful toxins.
Chinese Medicine works to increase the vitality of the respiratory,Adrenal, and Immune Response and acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial to Respiratory Health and common ailments such as: Allergies, The common cold, tonsillitis, bronchitis, and even asthma.
Diabetes is caused primarily by dysfunction of the pancreas. How can acupuncture help diabetic patients? Scientific studies and clinical tests in international research centers in the past 10 years* have shown that acupuncture can help diabetic patients in the following ways: