Back Pain

Back Pain Specialist
Back pain is a common problem affecting millions of people daily. Experiencing moderate to severe back pain can keep you from engaging in your normal activities and interfere with your quality of life. Contact Sharon Shuppert at The Phoenix & Dragon in Austin, TX for alternative treatments for back pain.
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Back Pain Q & A

by Sharon Shuppert, Dipl.OM, L.Ac

What causes back pain?

Classified as one of the leading causes of disability around the globe, back pain is a serious condition that can affect a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Back pain may be caused by a primary medical condition, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, imbalance in skeletal alignment, or from trauma, motor vehicle accidents, muscle strains, bulging or herniated disks.

Certain factors may increase your risk of experiencing back pain. These factors include smoking, obesity,  excess belly fat, a sedentary lifestyle, heavy lifting, postural deviances, as well as certain disorders such as diabetes, PMS, scoliosis, etcetera.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain is generally characterized by a reduced range of motion in your back, tension, a dull muscle ache or spasms, or a sudden sharp pain. Sometimes, the pain in your low back may radiate down your leg.  At home care such as ice and rest may alleviate acute back pain, but if pain persists, you should seek professional help.  Sharon can help you relieve back pain and get to the root cause to prevent future discomfort.

Should I take medications for back pain?

While medications can ease acute suffering, they do not provide long-term relief. The cause of the back pain should be diagnosed and addressed.

In most cases, back pain can benefit best from complementary treatments offered through oriental medicine.  Oriental medical practices relieve both acute pain (the branch) and also go deeper to treat the cause of the pain (the root) for long-term relief.

What oriental medical treatments are effective at reducing back pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with other oriental medical treatments, has been proven to be effective for alleviating back pain, both neck and shoulder pain as well as low back pain. Acupuncture, for example, has been demonstrated to treat chronic low back pain with great efficacy. Acupuncture offers immediate short-term pain relief and, with a series of treatments, provide sustained long-term relief.  Other oriental medical treatments for back pain may include cupping, massage therapy, and herbal supplements in addition to lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Schedule an appointment with Sharon for immediate results to overcome devastating back pain right away.

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