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1 How Acupuncture Can Help With Back Pain Healing your back naturally.Scot Somes,LAc.Center for Integrated Eastern MedicineIntroduction:Your name, what you do, how long in practice and thank them for coming.Thank you for coming down today, today we are going to talk about how acupuncture can help with stress. It’s an ancient medicine for a modern world and has been around used for over 5000 years.
2 Back Pain in the U.S.80% of the population has had back pain at one time or another50% of Americans have some form of chronic back painSecond most common reason to visit a doctorOne of the most common reasons for missing workMost prevalent cause of disability under the age of 35
3 Types of Back Pain Upper back pain Middle back pain Low back pain Sciatica
4 Western causes of Back Pain Muscular strainLigamentous sprainsHerniated disksSpinal stenosisOsteoporoisisArthritisTraumaFibromyalgiaSpinal subluxationNo notes here.
5 What you can do Ignore it Worst Option Bed rest Pain killersSurgeryAcupunctureChiropracticMassageWorst OptionDoesn’t resolve root cause, can helpCan help, but can cover-up root issuesShort term, possible last resortNatural, addresses root cause,can take timeNo notes here.
6 How can acupuncture help? Uncovers the “root cause” of back painFocuses upon correcting the problem and strengthening the bodyUnblocks the body’s internal flow of healing energiesFacilitates the free-flow of healing energies throughout the meridian networksReduces inflammationExpedites the healing processAlleviates painNo notes here.
7 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.”No notes included here.
8 Acupuncture and Meridians Meridians are river networks inside our bodyWhat are Meridians?It’s important to create the analogy of meridians being similar to rivers.“All across our planet, we have rivers.”“Wherever water flows on the planet it bring nourishment to the plants, the forest and the people. Wherever water doesn’t flow, it brings drought, death and disease.”“Similarly, your body is lined with rivers, that we call Meridians, that provide nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, tendon and organ. Wherever Qi flows in the body it bring nourishment to the tissues, organs in the body.”“The meridians flow throughout your entire body, along the back of your body and the front of your body (trace the meridian pathways here). Each of these dots (pointing to the points on image), is called an acupuncture point. Acupuncture points along the body are similar to gates, through acupuncture you open up the gates and allow Qi to freely flow through the body, allowing all of the organs, tissues and cells to be nourished relieving the “disturbances”, leading to good health.”“Each Meridian has a corresponding organ that it supports and provides nourishment for. Each Meridian pathway is named for its corresponding organ system (name them here) Not only do they have superficial aspect on the body, but they also have a deeper/internal connection to the organs within the body.”Tip:Name each of the Meridian systems with corresponding organs. Trace the flow of Qi throughout the body.
9 An Ancient View of Back Pain Qi travels through our meridian systemQi provides nourishment for every cell, tissue, muscle, gland and organWhen Qi becomes blocked and imbalanced, pain and disease resultAs water flows through river networks nourishing our planet, Qi flows through our meridian networks nourishing our body
10 Acupuncture and Back Pain Flow of QiStagnation = PainWater flows in rivers, Qi flows in meridiansMeridians are the river network inside“Qi flows through the body in a specific and defined ways. (trace the flow of Qi) From one meridian and organ network to the next, just like this.”“If there is a blockage, or a “dam”, in one meridian, it will affect everything else downstream.”“When there is a blockage, the cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands will receive improper nourishment and therefore express ill health and ultimately disease and pain in the body. Various symptoms and signs will develop. This is what an acupuncturist calls an imbalance, and as an acupuncturist, I am trained to detect and correct where these various meridian imbalances are.”Tip:Explain the concept of excess on one side of the blockage and depletion on the other side, and improper nourishment. This leads to imbalance and symptoms and signs in the body
11 Back Pain and Bi Syndrome How TCM views back painBack pain = Bi syndromeBi syndrome is caused by:Obstruction of Qi and BloodSluggishness of Qi and BloodInvasion of external influences
12 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 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Characteristics of Bi Syndrome?PainNumbnessHeavinessSwellingSorenessAchingThrobbing
14 Eastern Causes of Back Pain Environmental conditions influence our healthWindDampColdHeatPhlegmStasisTrauma
15 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Wind Bi SyndromeClassified as wandering painCaused by invasion of WindPain moves from joint to jointSore and painful muscles and jointsLimited range of motion (ROM)
16 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Damp Bi SyndromeClassified as fixed painCaused by invasion of DampnessAggravated by damp weatherDoes not radiateSorenessSwelling of joints and musclesFeeling of heavinessNumbness of limbs
17 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Cold Bi SyndromeClassified as aching painCaused by invasion of ColdUsually fixed locationMay be worse at night and better during the daySevere joint or muscle painLimited ROM
18 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Heat Bi SyndromeClassified as hot/inflamed painCaused when Wind, Damp and/or Cold linger too long, stagnating Qi and turning into heatCan be caused by underlying weakness in bodyPainful, hot jointsRadiatingThrobbingRed and swollen jointsSevere painLimited ROM
19 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Phlegm Bi SyndromeClassified as deep joint painCaused when previous 4 types lingerChronicMuscular atrophy and weaknessSwollen and deformed joints
20 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Stasis Bi SyndromeClassified as stagnant painUsually caused by Qi and Blood stagnationFixed locationStabbing sensationMay be throbbing
21 Diagnosing Pain with TCM Bi syndrome can be related to:All painful conditionsArthritisRheumatoid ArthritisOsteoarthritisMuscular sprain/strainSciaticaGout
22 Treating Pain with TCM Make correct diagnosis If Cold diagnosis, use warming methodsIf Damp diagnosis, use drying and dampness elimination methodsIf Heat diagnosis, use cooling methodsChoose most effective acupuncture pointsLocal pointsDistal pointsEar and hand pointsChoose adjunct therapiesDetermine treatment schedule
24 Treating Pain with TCM Provide self-care education Movement rehabilitationHome-care point stimulationExercise and stretching
25 What You Can Do Movement rehabilitation Lift smart Sit smart Let your legs do the work.Move straight up and down.Keep your back straight and bend with your knees.Avoid twisting.Sit smartChoose a seat with good low back support that has arm rests and a swivel base.Keep your hips and knees level.Stand smartMaintain a neutral pelvis.No notes included here.
26 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.Bladder 60 – In the depression between the tip of the outer ankle and Achilles tendon.Small Intestine 3 – When a loose fist is made, the point is on the outside of the palm, where the skin protrudes.No notes included here.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 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.Forward Bend1) Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of you. Keep your knees slightly bent, do not lock them. If this causes any discomfort, you can sit on a folded blanket and bend your knees slightly out to the side.2) With chin slightly tucked, slowly stretch forward, reaching your hands toward your toes. If you cannot touch your toes, reach for your knees, shins or ankles. Relax your head.3) As you breathe in, focus your breath along your back and spine. Expanding outwards with each inhalation, and imagining that you are expanding your back like a big balloon. As you exhale, allow your body to relax deeper into the stretch.4) Hold this position for a few breaths.Bicycle Pedal Leg Press1) Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Keep your heels together and knees straight.2) Take a deep breath in, as you exhale, bend your upper body forward from the hips. Grab your feet if you can; if not, grab your knees or ankles.3) Relax your neck, allowing your head to hang down.4) Push your left hip and left heel forward, away from you, and pull your right hip and right heel closer to you.5) As you push forward with your left foot, reach forward with your extended left arm.6) Rhythmically alternate the synchronized leg and arm movements for each side.Embrace the Sun Forward Bend1) While sitting on the floor, stretch your left leg out to the side and bend your right leg in with your heel gently touching your groin. If this causes any discomfort, you can sit on a folded blanket.2) As you inhale, raise your arms to the sky and stretch upward. Keep your back straight and turn your torso slightly toward the extended leg.3) Keep your arms extended, and with an exhalation bend forward from your hips over your extended leg and relax your neck, allowing your head to hang down. Try to grab your toes, ankles or shins if you can. Hold this position for a few breaths.4) Upon inhalation, raise up, switch legs and repeat for the other side. Repeat steps 1-3.Embrace the Sun Forward Bend – Stretches and opens up the Bladder meridian.
28 Treating Pain with TCM Tips to remain healthy Remain active Avoid prolonged bed restWarm up and stretch before physical activitiesMaintain proper postureSleep on a supportive mattressWork with your acupuncturist
29 What Else Acupuncture Treats The NIH and WHO acknowledge acupuncture can be helpful for:• 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 painNIH = National Institutes of Health
30 And has treated billions of people over the past 5,000 years. Most of All…Acupuncture WorksAnd has treated billions of people over the past 5,000 years.No notes included here.
31 Center for Integrated Eastern Medicine, LLC Thank You!Offer educational information about acupuncture, and a free health pass for comprehensive evaluation.A Health Pass is a great tool for getting prospective patients through your door. It’s a card that features special rates, freebies, discounts, consultations—whatever your heart desires. Not only that, but each time you hand one out, you are taking a stand for our profession, spreading the idea that health can be achieved naturally through acupuncture care. This alone should be enough to make you want to hand a Health Pass to everyone you meet.You can use the Health Pass concept in a variety of ways. For example, your existing patients are your best source for referrals, and they would most likely welcome the opportunity to give their friends and family members a special offer from you. You can also hand them out at screenings and talks or provide them to your networking partners—the possibilities are endless.Only have a limited amount available so when you offer them at the end of your presentation, your audience will know that they need to react now and that there is value to these passes.Scot Somes, LAc., MSTCMCenter for Integrated Eastern Medicine, LLC