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1 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. How Acupuncture Can Help With Back Pain Healing your back naturally. Scot Somes,LAc. Center for Integrated Eastern Medicine

2 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Back Pain in the U.S. 80% of the population has had back pain at one time or another 50% of Americans have some form of chronic back pain Second most common reason to visit a doctor One of the most common reasons for missing work Most prevalent cause of disability under the age of 35

3 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Types of Back Pain Upper back pain Middle back pain Low back pain Sciatica

4 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Western causes of Back Pain Muscular strain Ligamentous sprains Herniated disks Spinal stenosis Osteoporoisis Arthritis Trauma Fibromyalgia Spinal subluxation

5 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What you can do Ignore it Bed rest Pain killers Surgery Acupuncture Chiropractic Massage Worst Option Doesnt resolve root cause, can help Can help, but can cover-up root issues Short term, possible last resort Natural, addresses root cause, can take time

6 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. How can acupuncture help? Uncovers the root cause of back pain Focuses upon correcting the problem and strengthening the body Unblocks the bodys internal flow of healing energies Facilitates the free-flow of healing energies throughout the meridian networks Reduces inflammation Expedites the healing process Alleviates pain

7 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Acupuncture and Back Pain Meridians not only feed vital energies to their related organs, they also reflect any pathological disturbance in those organs, thus providing a convenient and highly accurate tool for diagnosis as well as therapy.

8 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Acupuncture and Meridians Meridians are river networks inside our body

9 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. An Ancient View of Back Pain Qi travels through our meridian system Qi provides nourishment for every cell, tissue, muscle, gland and organ When Qi becomes blocked and imbalanced, pain and disease result As water flows through river networks nourishing our planet, Qi flows through our meridian networks nourishing our body

10 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Acupuncture and Back Pain Meridians are the river network inside Water flows in rivers, Qi flows in meridians Flow of Qi Stagnation = Pain

11 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Back Pain and Bi Syndrome How TCM views back pain Back pain = Bi syndrome Bi syndrome is caused by: Obstruction of Qi and Blood Sluggishness of Qi and Blood Invasion of external influences

12 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What is Bi Syndrome? Bi syndrome is the most common condition acupuncture treats. It can either be acute or chronic. Bi syndrome manifests as pain, soreness, or numbness of muscles, tendons and joints. It is the result of the body being "invaded" by external environmental factors such as Wind, Damp, Cold and Heat. Bi syndrome symptoms reflect which factor has invaded the body, affecting the flow of Qi and Blood.

13 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Characteristics of Bi Syndrome? Pain Numbness Heaviness Swelling Soreness Aching Throbbing

14 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Eastern Causes of Back Pain Environmental conditions influence our health Wind Damp Cold Heat Phlegm Stasis Trauma

15 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Wind Bi Syndrome Classified as wandering pain Caused by invasion of Wind Pain moves from joint to joint Sore and painful muscles and joints Limited range of motion (ROM)

16 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Damp Bi Syndrome Classified as fixed pain Caused by invasion of Dampness Aggravated by damp weather Does not radiate Soreness Swelling of joints and muscles Feeling of heaviness Numbness of limbs

17 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Cold Bi Syndrome Classified as aching pain Caused by invasion of Cold Usually fixed location May be worse at night and better during the day Severe joint or muscle pain Limited ROM

18 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Heat Bi Syndrome Classified as hot/inflamed pain Caused when Wind, Damp and/or Cold linger too long, stagnating Qi and turning into heat Can be caused by underlying weakness in body Painful, hot joints Radiating Throbbing Red and swollen joints Severe pain Limited ROM

19 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Phlegm Bi Syndrome Classified as deep joint pain Caused when previous 4 types linger Chronic Muscular atrophy and weakness Swollen and deformed joints

20 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Stasis Bi Syndrome Classified as stagnant pain Usually caused by Qi and Blood stagnation Fixed location Stabbing sensation May be throbbing

21 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Diagnosing Pain with TCM Bi syndrome can be related to: All painful conditions Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis Muscular sprain/strain Sciatica Gout

22 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Treating Pain with TCM Make correct diagnosis If Cold diagnosis, use warming methods If Damp diagnosis, use drying and dampness elimination methods If Heat diagnosis, use cooling methods Choose most effective acupuncture points Local points Distal points Ear and hand points Choose adjunct therapies Determine treatment schedule

23 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Treating Pain with TCM Choose adjunct therapies Electro-stim Gwa Sha Tui Na Cupping Moxibustion Infra-red heat lamp Herbs Topical oils and/or patches

24 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Treating Pain with TCM Provide self-care education Movement rehabilitation Home-care point stimulation Exercise and stretching

25 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What You Can Do Lift smart –Let your legs do the work. –Move straight up and down. –Keep your back straight and bend with your knees. –Avoid twisting. Sit smart –Choose a seat with good low back support that has arm rests and a swivel base. –Keep your hips and knees level. Stand smart –Maintain a neutral pelvis. Movement rehabilitation

26 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What You Can Do Home-care point stimulation Bladder 40 – Located in the depression at the back of the knee. Bladder 62 – In the depression directly below the outer ankle. Small Intestine 3 – When a loose fist is made, the point is on the outside of the palm, where the skin protrudes. Bladder 60 – In the depression between the tip of the outer ankle and Achilles tendon. Large Intestine 4 – On top of the hand, in between the thumb and first finger. Gallbladder 39 – Approximately three inches above the outer ankle, just posterior to the bone. Local points

27 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What You Can Do Exercise and stretching – back pain Forward Bend – Stretches and opens up the Bladder meridian. Bicycle Pedal Leg Press – Stretches and opens up the Bladder meridian. Embrace the Sun Forward Bend – Stretches and opens up the Bladder meridian.

28 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Treating Pain with TCM Tips to remain healthy Remain active Avoid prolonged bed rest Warm up and stretch before physical activities Maintain proper posture Sleep on a supportive mattress Work with your acupuncturist

29 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. What Else Acupuncture Treats Addiction - alcohol, drug, smoking Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Bronchitis Carpal tunnel syndrome Chronic fatigue Colitis Common cold Constipation Dental pain Depression Diarrhea Digestive trouble Dizziness Dysentery Emotional problems Eye problems Facial palsy/tics Fatigue Fertility Fibromyalgia Gingivitis Headache Hiccough Incontinence Indigestion Irritable bowel syndrome Low back pain Menopause Menstrual irregularities Migraine Morning sickness Nausea Osteoarthritis Pain PMS Pneumonia Reproductive problems Rhinitis Sciatica Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) Shoulder pain Sinusitis Sleep disturbances Smoking cessation Sore throat Stress Tennis elbow Tonsillitis Tooth pain Trigeminal neuralgia Urinary tract Infections Vomiting Wrist pain The NIH and WHO acknowledge acupuncture can be helpful for:

30 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Most of All… Acupuncture Works And has treated billions of people over the past 5,000 years.

31 ©2008 Acupuncture Media Works. All rights reserved. Thank You! Scot Somes, LAc., MSTCM Center for Integrated Eastern Medicine, LLC


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