Spinal degeneration: The sufferer may experience stiffness in the back upon awakening or feel pain after walking or standing for a long time.
Muscle spasms, cramping, and stiffness: This pain commonly occurs in the back and buttocks in episodes. The pain may develop quickly or over a longer period of time. This pain is aggravated by weight-bearing or specific movements and is relieved by rest.
Arthritis of the spine: The pain and stiffness which are worse in the back and hip region. Arthritis pain starts gradually, gets worse over time, and lasts longer than 3 to 6 months. It is generally worse after a long period of inactivity. Symptoms due to arthritis and those caused by back injury are often similar and occur together.
Nerve-root pressure problems: The patient usually feels tingling, numbness, or weakness in one leg or in the foot, lower leg, or both legs. Tingling may begin in the buttock and extend to the ankle or foot.
Sciatica: The pain starts in the buttock and travels down the back of the leg as far as the ankle or foot.
Cauda equina syndrome: Weakness or numbness in both legs, along with loss of bladder and/or bowel control. A person with this symptom needs medical inspection immediately.
Diseases that affect the spine: Compression fracture, tumor, or infection on the spine.
Acupuncture increases the blood circulation and the oxygen levels the red blood cells can carry. The enhanced blood flow brings more nutrition to nourish the stagnant muscles and tissues. In addition, Acupuncture may enhance the flow of energy, stimulate the peripheral nervous system, and relieve the inflammation.
In the past few years, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) released several statements to reconfirm the efficacy of Acupuncture in relieving pains, including back pain, low-back pain, and sciatica.
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