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Benefits of Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality for Hip and Back Pain

November 18, 2019
Benefits of Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality for Hip and Back Pain

Any kind of hip and back pain can adversely affect walking hence people should not hesitate to seek acupuncture treatment for faster pain relief. Hip pain has several causes – the problems can range from joint pain, neurological issues to muscular problems. Irrespective of the source, acupuncture can successfully treat hip pain. Besides, back pain is also one of the top reasons people opt for acupuncture therapy. Medical research suggests that acupuncture is an effective tool for treating chronic back pain.

Different Types of Hip Pain That Acupuncture Can Treat

1. Hip arthritis

The ends of bones are protected by cartilage to prevent the bones on a joint from rubbing against each other. Pain caused by hip osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage wears out. The symptoms of hip arthritis addressed by acupuncture services include pain, stiffness, tingling, tenderness, loss of flexibility and bone spurs.

2. Sciatica

Sciatica refers to the pain that occurs due to an underlying nerve abnormality, mainly because of a herniated disk or other factors that create pressure on the sciatic nerve. The symptoms of sciatica include pain along the pathway of the sciatic nerve, numbness and shooting pains into the back or leg, and weakness in the legs.

3. Hip Bursitis

Hip bursitis occurs when the small fluid-filled bursae found between bones, tendons muscles become inflamed. The causes of hip bursitis include manual labour, repetitive sports motion, and prolonged kneeling. Therefore, acupuncture for hip pain can deal with the common symptoms of hip bursitis including hip pain from movement, stiff hips, redness and swelling of the hip.

Back Pain Issues That Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture is a traditional therapy, which is based on the idea of energetics in the human body. The treatment is done through a process of inserting needles through the skin at various pressure points on the body. However, these needles are not meant to cause pain, discomfort or harm.

A professional acupuncturist will target specific energy points for acupuncture treatment for back pain and spasm. These energy points (referred to as “qi” in Chinese medicine) are also called meridians, with some rendering special benefit to painful muscles in the back.
Following are the meridians that acupuncturists focus on for lower back pain:

  • Lower Back Points
  • Back of the Knees Points
  • Hip Points
  • Foot Points
  • Stomach Points
  • Hand Points

The energy points for acupuncture concerning upper back pain (also known as thoracic back pain) are usually different from acupuncture for lower back pain and discomfort. These points are located on the head, neck, shoulders, and in the upper back area.

Acupuncture therapy is administered at the site of pain and in the peripheral parts related to that site in the body (for instance, in a different area along with the same affected acupuncture energy point or a mirror location of the site). The acupuncture therapy for affected hip joints as well as acupuncture back pain relief treatment is both effective remedies to cure painful areas located near the spine. Book an appointment with an expert acupuncturist for the best treatment options.

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