Dallas Acupuncture For Back Pain
Back pain one of the most common causes of missed work and visits to the doctor in this country. The vast majority of us will experience it at some point in our lives. The good news is that the leading cause of back pain is soft tissue damage – muscle strains due to overexertion and improper movement. Fortunately acupuncture is extremely effective that treating this problem. Acupuncture increases blood flow to the injured site, balances tight muscles, reduces inflammation, and relieves pain. Studies have shown that acupuncture is more effective at treating back pain than conventional methods of treatment. There is no need to live your life with chronic back pain.
Here are 4 Gentle Stretches to Treat Low Back Pain
- Lie on your back with bent knees and a two or three inch book under your head.
- Position your hands on your hips bones and allow your elbows to relax, soften your throat.
- Let your spine lengthen and breathe smoothly and evenly for 10 minutes. Feel your lower back broadening and reaching toward the surface on which you are lying.
Lying Release with Movement
- Starting in Lying Release, knees hips distance or shoulder width apart and close to your bottom. Arms out in a “T” position or in a soft “W”.
- On the exhaled breath let your knees move toward the right and your head left. (left knee will “track” over your right calf or there about. In other words, your knees are NOT stacked one on top of the other.)
- Then move back to center and go to the other side. Allow the cadence of your breath to create the movement. Slow and gentle does it.
- MODIFICATION: to support the leg if going to one side is too much of a stretch put a bolster or rolled up pillow under the leg that is going to the side.
Lying release Holding the posture
- Your position is the same as above only this time instead of moving you will be holding the posture.
- As you hold the posture (legs right and head left) envision your tailbone. Now think of gently inhaling from your tailbone and travel all the way to the crown of your head. Exhale just as gently from the crown of your head to your tailbone. Do this ten times and then repeat on the other side.
Gentle hamstring stretch
- On your back with both knees bent extend the right leg towards the ceiling ~ let the heel lead the way (create movement with an exhaled breath)
- Reach your heel towards the ceiling as much as is comfortable. Then slowly slide your left leg along the floor, again leading with the heel. You may stretch the leg that is reaching to the ceiling more actively OR you may extend the leg that’s on the floor further away from you OR both.
- Take your time with each movement and “check in” with your body each time you move to ensure that you are not overdoing it. Find a comfortable position that your back and your legs feel comfortable and hold the posture for 5 breaths.
- Once you have completed your 5th breath, slide your left heel back toward your bottom and bring the right leg back towards your chest. Bring the left knee towards your chest and gently rock side to side.
- Change legs and repeat on the left side. At the end bend both knees and again rock side to side.
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