2018-05-03 06:00

BACK pain is quite a common problem these days, affecting people of all age groups. Back pain has many different forms, such as upper, lower and middle back pain.


Back muscles may get strained due to incorrect posture while standing, sleeping or sitting for long periods, excessive body weight, and repetitive bending or lifting of heavy objects.

A slipped disc is another condition which is responsible for back pain. This happens when the cartilage discs of the vertebrae wear out and press on a nerve root. If the
sciatica nerve root, located in the lower spine region, gets pressed, then it leads to chronic lower back pain that often extends to the legs and is accompanied by numbness.

Elderly people often suffer from chronic back pain due to osteoarthritis affecting the spine. Chronic back pain may also be triggered by stress and anxiety. Emotional stress causes disc degeneration or herniation.

Prolonged emotional stress creates a sympathetic dominant state in the autonomic nervous system and leads to decreased blood flow to most of the organs, muscles and peripheral tissues.

When blood flow to the lumber muscles is decreased, the muscles become tight and are easily fatigued.


Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, especially in the area where there is pain or discomfort.

When circulation in the tissue improves, muscle relaxation occurs and immediate pain reduction occurs in many cases. In some other cases, when circulation improves, the pain in the affected area intensifies and is then followed by the repair of tissue and muscle relaxation.

Proper circulation in the tissue is important not only for blood to nourish the tissue but also to enhance the elimination of muscle fatigue and pain-causing substances (eg. lactic acid), thus resulting in healthy tissue. Acupuncture, cupping therapy and therapeutic massage offer relief for back pain.

Acupuncture can help you lead a pain-free life naturally without side effects.

For a consultation, call doctor of Chinese­ medicine, Dr Meena Kasim at 032 944 2761, 031 207 3620, 082 786 4127 or 082 786 4087.

Holistic Wellness Centre, shop 13 B, Tongaat City (Nu Shop Arcade), 293 Main Road, Tongaat. Consulting in Tongaat on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Branches: Stanger, Overport and Chatsworth­.
Open Monday - Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm


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