Acupuncture for Back Pain Gainesville
Many patients do not seek medical care for their back pain, as they believe that it will go away on its own. In some cases, it does. However, if the pain persists for weeks, and seems to be getting worse, then we urge you to consult an expert in back pain relief in Gainesville, Fl.
What are the most common causes of low back pain?
Do you know that there are five (5) types of low back pain. Only one type can be helped by “back cracking”.
Low back pain could be caused by many underlying conditions. The common causes include:
- Reduced mobility,
- Reduced stability,
- Herniated disc,
- Spinal stenosis, and
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.
Most of the times, cracking the back can only help if the pain is related to reduced mobility that is caused by shortened muscles.
For people who have reduced stability due to weak muscle or ligament, sudden thrust of the joints may do more harm than good. Core muscle strengthening exercise prescribed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy could help these people.
For people with herniated disc or spinal stenosis, they may feel pain or numbness in their legs in addition to low back pain, because local edema compresses on their nerve roots. This condition is commonly known as sciatica. Extension or flexion exercises are normally used at PT clinics to treat these conditions. However, many people are experience too much pain to complete the exercises. For these people, acupuncture can be used alone or combined with PT to reduce the edema and inflammation first.
Extension or flexion exercises are normally used at PT clinics to treat these conditions. However, many people experience too much pain to complete the exercises. For these people, acupuncture can be used alone or combined with PT to reduce the edema and inflammation first.
The 5th type of back pain is caused by SI joint misalignment and often associated with local inflammation. The joint misalignment can be corrected with muscle energy techniques and the local inflammation can be reduced or even eliminated with acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the healing practices used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This technique is done by inserting thin needles through the skin to trigger specific body points (also known as meridians).
The ancient Chinese believed that when the body’s life force, known as ‘qi’, is blocked, it would lead to an illness. Acupuncture works by unblocking the ‘qi’ pathways, correcting the imbalance of energy, and making sure that it flows freely.
According to modern theories about acupuncture, each inserted needle creates a minor injury at the nerve-rich insertion site, which stimulates the body to respond in a certain way. These responses include an increase in blood supply to the area, wound healing, and pain relief.
How acupuncture can help relieve back pain?
Many studies have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture, whether as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatment regimens, in treating back pain. In fact, a study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain believed that acupuncture could be more effective than pain medications in relieving low back pain.
Apart from clearing blocked meridians, acupuncture can help diminish back pain through the following ways:
- Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. By inserting thin needles in nerve-rich points, acupuncture can release natural painkillers from the muscles, brain, and spinal cord.
- Acupuncture triggers the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are hormones that transmit messages from a nerve cell to the target cell. Acupuncture can stimulate the release of these hormones and block the painful stimulus from reaching the brain.
- Acupuncture releases pain-relieving chemicals in the body. Acupuncture triggers the release of Opioid-like chemicals which naturally occur in the body to act as pain relievers.
Who can get acupuncture for low back pain in Gainesville?
Acupuncture is beneficial for patients who suffer from back pain associated with the following conditions:
- Lumbar Disc Herniation. A study published in Acupuncture in Medicine has concluded that acupuncture has better effects than lumbar traction and other pain medications in treating lumbar disc herniation.
- Osteoporosis. By triggering specific core acupoints, acupuncture can achieve antiosteoporotic effects such as reduced bone loss and increased bone mineral density.
- Spinal stenosis. A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal has concluded that acupuncture is proven to be more effective in managing spinal stenosis symptoms than physical exercise and pain medication (acetaminophen).
- Fibromyalgia. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research recommends acupuncture as a safe and effective therapy in treating and managing fibromyalgia.
Patients who are suffering from mechanical back pain and stress-related back pain may also enjoy pain relief after an acupuncture treatment with our licensed acupuncturist.
What to remember when getting acupuncture for back pain in Gainesville, Fl
- Acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure to relieve back pain.
- When getting an acupuncture treatment, make sure that you consult a professional and board-certified acupuncturist.
- Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other pain relief treatments. Talk to our acupuncturist about other treatments you have during your consultation.
- Some types of acupuncture can stimulate labor and delivery, so let your acupuncturist know about your pregnancy early on.
- Let your acupuncturist know if you have a bleeding disorder, take blood thinners, or wear a pacemaker.
- Acupuncture has little to no risk to your overall health. However, the puncture sites may feel sore and have minor bruising or bleeding after the session. These are completely normal and resolve on their own in a few days.
Learn more about Dr. Wei Wei Guan, an expert acupuncturist for back pain
I have served the Gainesville area since 2011 after I graduated from the University of Florida’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. As a fifth-generation doctor from the world’s leading acupuncturist family, I have helped many people who suffer from low back pain with PT and acupuncture.
If you have tried chiropractor, PT, and/or massage, and are tired of painkillers or cortisone injections, you may think surgery is your next step. It is not. You should talk to a back pain specialist first to find out if acupuncture, alone or combined with PT, can help you.
Where to get acupuncture for your back pain in Gainesville, Fl?
If you are considering an acupuncture treatment and don’t know where to start or what to expect, at Guan Acupuncture, Gainesville we can help you ease your anxiety, answer all of your questions, and provide your with viable treatement options.
Talk to our world-class experts in acupuncture and physical therapy to get the best assessment and treatment options for your health needs. If you would like more information about back pain relief in Gainesville, please Contact Us.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
Gainesville's Leading Integrated Back Pain Solution Specialist, Dr. Weiwei Guan
Dr. Weiwei Guan
Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Florida
Nationally Board Certified Oriental Medicine Diplomat
Licensed Physical Therapist
5th Generation of a World-Class Acupuncturist Family
Look what others say about the specialty treatments from Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture
Excerpts from Google Review (To see more reivews, google “Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture”)
“I have been going to Dr. Guan for my back and sciatic nerve. I was also told that I have neuropathy in my right foot. I have tried everything that I know to try. I had heard good things about acupuncture and decided to give it a try. I read Dr. Guan’s reviews and decided that I would give her a chance. I am so glad that I did, her office is very clean and she has up-to-date equipment. She is the nicest person that I’ve met in a long time and in tune to your pain and works very hard to make you feel better. I feel very lucky to have found her and that she is in our community. If you’ve tried everything you know to try why not give her a chance I don’t think she will disappoint. I am certainly glad that I did.”
“I have tried physical therapy in two different health systems with limited success. I have found true assistance with Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture. Dr. Guan made incremental adjustments to my exercises so that I was truly making progress. Through additional acupuncture treatments I found even further flexibility improvements and less pain. Dr. Guan has been a supportive and encouraging partner in my physical rehabilitation. The office is lovely, clean and calm.”
Gail Basker, 60s, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from Low Back and Hip Pain
“I couldn’t step up on a sidewalk without pain in my right hip. I went to the Orthopedics and I was told I had sciatic and should wear a back belt and take Aleve twice a day. Wei Wei was recommended by some friends and she said you have one leg longer than the other. She did some physical therapy and accupuncture. After 2 sessions the sharp pain was gone. She is very good.”
Pilar Doran, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from Neck and Shoulder Pain
“I’ve had a wonderful experience as a new patient of Dr. Guan’s. During my initial two sessions in her beautiful new facility, Dr. Guan has spent adequate time assessing and discussing my symptoms and developing a holistic treatment plan that combines her comprehensive expertise in the areas of physical therapy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. It’s impressive to get my first acupuncture treatments (which were not painful at all and very relaxing) from a 5th generation Chinese medicine expert – what a heritage!
Her practice is equipped with state of the art equipment that is used in her treatment approach, which has proven to be unique and highly effect. For my neck and upper back problems, the neck stretching machine is outstanding! Her treatments have made a huge difference! I highly recommend Dr. Guan!”
Josephine Pelham, Treton, FL
Suffered From Shoulder Pain
“Dr. Guan is such a caring person and has helped relieve my severe shoulder pain. I had never tried acupuncture, but before undergoing surgery, thought I would give it a chance. It is not painful and she explains what she is doing and how it is helping. Highly recommend!”
Stephen Anton, Gainesville, FL
Hip and Knee Pain
“I love the comprehensive approach that Dr. Guan takes to treating muscle and joint issues. I’ve never met someone who has her unique background with training and degrees in both acupuncture and physical therapy. Because of this, she is able to integrate acupuncture, as well as light and heat therapy, with more traditional physical therapy treatment approaches. Based on my experience during the past six weeks, this comprehensive treatment approach is truly effective and has helped me regain mobility in my knees and hips. As an added benefit, Dr. Guan has a great personality, which makes the whole experience fun as well.”
Sheila Inniss, late 60s, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from knee pain and gastrointestinal reflux
“I recently had a total knee replacement and suffered with gastrointestinal reflux for many years. Under her care with both needles and herbs, I am happy to report that my reflux has disappeared, and I no longer take the herbs. Also, the needles were instrumental in relieving pains associated with arthritis and post knee surgery.
Dr Guan is very amiable but professional. I felt very comfortable in her presence and looked forward to our sessions, anticipating relief from my pains. I will continue to seek her help and have recommended her to several friends who now share my high opinion of her. “