The lower back is susceptible to degenerative disease and injuries for two reasons. First, it supports the full weight of your upper body, which puts extreme stress on the lower spine. The second reason is flexibility.
When structures have to support weight, they’re usually firm and solid. But your lower back is designed to twist, bend, and move, while also supporting weight. The combination of stress and flexibility increases the risk of injury to the lower spine.
Lifting a heavy object or a sudden movement like a quick twist often cause an acute episode of lower back pain. Some of the most common causes of lower back pain include:
Acupuncture, massage, and cupping effectively alleviate lower back pain. In fact, acupuncture is recommended as an alternative to pain-relieving medications.
Studies consistently show that that acupuncture provides moderate to significant relief from lower back pain and improves your ability to move and function, compared to standard treatment. Acupuncture works well on its own, but it can also be combined with traditional medical treatment or other alternative options, such as massage.
Massage therapy decreases lower back pain, reduces the disability associated with lower back pain, and helps alleviate the depression and anxiety it causes. Like acupuncture, massage therapy also provides modestly better pain relief compared to standard care.
You may also want to consider cupping therapy. It may improve lower back pain better than typical treatments recommended by medical doctors.
These alternative treatments produce several changes that reduce pain. Acupuncture and massage promote the release of endorphins, which are your body’s “feel good” chemicals that help with natural pain relief.
Massage and cupping create a physical impact on muscles. Massage alleviates pain and facilitates movement by relaxing muscles and loosening muscle knots. Cupping and massage improve circulation of blood and lymph fluids, which helps you heal by bringing more oxygen and nutrients into tissues.
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