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In my daily practice I see many postural problems, either as a result of back pain or as a cause of it. What comes first? Is it the” chicken and the egg”conundrum? Unsurprisingly this is a complex subject. However, we can apply some common sense and, by understanding in a general way how the lumbar curve functions, we can maintain it in its optimum state for pain free activity and general ease and comfort.
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Some notes on the use of Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain
I tend to oscillate between what I understand about Chinese Medicine and what I have learned from my studies in anatomy and physiology. So it is therefore a combination of Eastern and Western disciplines.
Traditionally low back pain could be linked to Cold/Damp (Osteoarthritis), Empty Kidney energy,( see below*) or trauma
*Empty Kidney Energy The Bladder Channel runs along the lumbar spine bilaterally, and the control points for the Kidney are among these Bladder points. According to traditional thought our Kidney energy is affected by our disharmony with the way of nature. It cannot be replaced but we can ensure that it does not dissipate too quickly by faulty life-style. Traditionally the low back is related to Kidney energy. This is not the same as the kidneys in western medicine.
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