Does your back hurt after shoveling out from the latest blizzard of the century? Acupuncture to the rescue!
Snowmageddon! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks lately, and the back sure can suffer.
Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains which can occur when one or more of the ligaments in the back is overstretched and strains, which is a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force. This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting, such as improperly hefting too big of a pile of Mother Nature’s bounty.
Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. For those who suffer from chronic back pain, clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture. They consider it one of several non-drug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).
Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities. Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work wonderfully for those conditions as well.
With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years.
Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. It’s time to enjoy winter!
Some tips for healthy and happy shoveling:
- Push the snow, don’t lift it.
- In terms of your shovel, use a smaller one; the less snow you move at once, the safer you’ll be.
- Don’t start shoveling while snow is still falling (it’s colder, so you’ll put additional strain on your heart)
- Breathe during the exercise; keep checking yourself to make sure you’re not accidentally holding your breath.
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