Causes and Treatment of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can start off as mild or moderate causing no concerns as it may disappears on its own without treatment. This accounts for the reasons as to why the pain in the low back region is easily ignored leading to serious complications. It is important to note that the pains may get severe and sometimes it can lead to difficulties in bending sitting or standing straight.
The lower back, also known as the lumbar region begins just below the ribcage. The pain on the lower back region or muscle strain caused by sciatica is often characterized by a shooting or dull stinging sensation. One may experience sudden pain around the lumbar region after a fall, sporting activities or weight lifting exercises. Furthermore, if the pain persists beyond three days, the condition is termed to be chronic and treatment should be sought.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lumbar region muscle strain or Sciatica
Straining of the muscles around the lumbar region can lead to sudden severe lower back pain. This can occur after weight lifting or any other strenuous exercises as the muscles are stretched beyond the normal limits. Muscle strain can also occur due to bulging of the disc along the spine in this region that presses on the sciatic nerve causing irritation that causes pain on the buttocks to one leg. This condition is known as Sciatica as the pain is as a result of sciatic nerve irritation.
Inadequate blood supply
Lower back pain can be caused by poor blood supply in the muscles, ligaments, fascia and tendons. Inadequate supply of blood in lumbar region leads to accumulation of toxins such as lactic resulting to acute pain. This condition is known as Ischemia whereby the pain is accompanied by periods of numb sensation.
Poor body posture results to structural imbalance. This depends on how an individual sits or stands knowing that the back supports the weight of the whole body. Failure to distribute the weight of the body evenly by having the lower back and the shoulders well supported with the feet on a low stool or standing straight may result in severe lower back pain.
Lower back pain is caused by other medical conditions. The narrowing of the spaces along the spinal cord a condition known as spinal stenosis leads to excessive pressure on the nerves around the spine. This results to acute chronic lower back pain. In addition, when the spinal joints get inflamed, one experiences severe low back pain with stiffness. This is a condition known as spondylitis.
Traditional Chinese Therapy for Lower Back Pain
Advocated as the primary care over pain medications and avoid the preliminary need for surgery, lower back pain can be relieved by the use of moxibustion therapy that improves the blood circulation around the lumbar region and other parts of the body. When the blood supply in the tissues in the lower back region is adequate, the pain is eliminated bringing back overall wellness. This heating therapy is very effective in treatment of lower back pain and it can be used along with other traditional Chinese therapies.
Moxibustion provides immediate and long lasting pain relief when applied for about 10 to 20 minutes over the lower back and various acupuncture point of the body. This traditional Chinese Therapy is definitely a far more effective treatment than the use of icepacks to reief the pain by cutting off circulation. Essentially, moxibustion relieves pain by facilitating blood circulation.
In this way, moxibustion treatment also helps to restore normal parasympathetic nerve impulses to the affected regions. This allows the the body to restore its capability of producing the normal chemistry required for the healing of internal tissues and nerve fibres via the endocrine system.
Moxibustion for lower back pain
For relief of lower back pain, moxa sticks are held directly over one of the critical acupuncture point on “Governing Vessel 4 (Ming Men, or “Life Gate”)” . This point is located directly on the spine between the second and third lumbar vertebrae for supplementing “Yang Qi” or circulation for the entire body, relieving lower back pain.
The benefits of moxibustion therapy cannot be understated for all exterior conditions. Stimulation of heat using moxa mixed with traditional Chinese herbs at the correct meridian and acupuncture point helps to protect the body from the invasion of exterior pathogens, including ailment such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Besides relieving lower back pain, this renowned ancient therapy also provides many accompanying therapeutic effects for menstrual cramps, preventing and treating colds, flu, fevers, strengthens and relive stiff neck and spine, stabilise irregular periods, clears heat. It is also widely advocated for ailment related to, dysmenorrhea, arthritis, insomnia.
Use of Ginger and Sesame Oil
In order to heal the lower back pain whether mild, moderate or acute, ginger and sesame oil liniment is among the traditional Chinese remedies for home use. This therapy can be combined with other Chinese therapies that performed by trained personnel.
The ginger and sesame liniment can be prepared at home by getting enough measure of sesame oil and squeezing ginger sap. Mixing them well, pour them in a pan and heat them for less than five minutes. Then apply the mixture on the lower back region. This therapy stimulates the blood circulation and soothes the pain. For best results, the mixture should be applied in the morning and evening. This therapy can be combined with other treatment therapy.