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Back Pain & Sciatica

Back pain is most commonly caused by lumbar muscle strains or sprains. Because of its role in supporting weight and its function in active movements associated with twisting and bending; the low back is especially vulnerable to muscle strains. Strains are caused when muscles are overstretched or torn, leading to inflammation and pain. 


Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve is compressed. The sciatic nerve starts in the low back at levels L4 to S3 of the spinal nerves. It passes through the pelvis before branching off into the tibial and peroneal nerves at the knee. Nerve root compression at various levels in the spine or inflammation in the sciatic nerve itself typically causes pain to radiate down the back or side of the leg.

Below are a few treatments that can help;

Back Pain Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture stimulates the body's inherent healing properties while also improving physical and emotional well-being because of the biochemical balance that develops due to this stimulation. The neurological system is stimulated by acupuncture, causing endorphins, encephalin (a kind of endorphin), and other neuro-chemicals to be released in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These natural compounds alter pain perception or cause the release of additional chemicals and hormones that impact the body's internal regulating system. Neuroendocrine (nervous system and hormone) functions can be normalized as a result of acupuncture.

Sciatica Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be an efficient therapy for sciatica without the negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical pain relievers such as NSAIDs and muscle muscle relaxers. It's also a non-surgical, safe way to reduce sciatica pain. Acupuncture relieves pain by relaxing stiff muscles, increasing blood flow, regulating the neurological system, and releasing neurotransmitters. A systematic review of acupuncture for sciatica concluded that acupuncture was more effective than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) therapy in alleviating sciatica symptoms.


Cupping is a technique where special cups are placed on the skin to create suction. Cupping is used to treat pain by increasing blood flow to the area. This techniques leaves hematomas on the skin, which look like bruises but are actually a collection of blood and toxins that move to the surface of the tissue. The lymphatic system can more easily drain the blood and toxins out when they are on the surface. These marks can last anywhere from a few days to a week.

Gua sha

Gua sha is a technique used to relieve muscle and joint tension. This procedure involves scraping the skin using a tool to create pressure. It produces a red or purple spot known as petechiae. This petechiae may look like a bruise but is not, it is lactic acid and other toxins coming to the surface of your body. The lymphatic system can more easily drain these toxins out of your body when they are at the surface. This provides you with quick pain relief. 

Electric stimulation

A continuous electric pulse is produced by the device that attaches to acupuncture needles via small clips. By sending a very small electric current through a muscle it relaxes. The electric pulses are strategically placed to provide pain relief and increase blood flow to a painful area.

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The American Acupuncture Center in Bloomfield Hills provides holistic medicine in a safe, comprehensive, and convenient manner. We listen to you in order to address your health concerns in the best way for you. Contact us so we can help you feel better and meet your wellness goals.

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