LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain is a condition that is familiar to all. Affecting most the population at some stage of life and something far too many people take in their stride and accept as a part of their day to day life. 🧐
Non-specific lower back pain is varied and may be experienced as chronic or acute. Individual to the patient and circumstance it may be characterised by mild or severe pain, sharp, dull, achy or stiff that is occasional or constant. Often pain can be felt to radiate down the buttocks and legs. If there is free flow, there is no pain;
If there is no free flow, there is pain. When I talk about the experience of pain in the body you will notice I always refer to Qi (“chee”) and the flow of Qi around our body. Our Qi, life force or energy if you prefer travels throughout the channels and meridians of our entire body. The experience of pain in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interpretation is a blockage or stagnation of this flow of Qi.
For a visual example imagine you have a river of freely flowing water. If the water becomes blocked by a fallen tree, overgrown by weedy bracken or perhaps and clogged by litter the flow of the river becomes dammed. Pressure builds along the point of the blockage and the water level dwindles on the other side impacting the river life downstream.
As in nature when our body experiences areas of stagnation of Qi and blockages along the meridians be it from injury, disease, lifestyle or dietary factors then we experience sensations such as pressure, pain, discomfort, fatigue or weakness.
Some examples of causes of lower back pain (the fallen tree across your river)
from a TCM perspective and how Acupuncture can assist are listed in the comments below - 58 minutes ago