Back pain is a common reason for absence from work and for seeking medical treatment. It can be uncomfortable and debilitating.

Back pain can result from injury, activity, and even some medical conditions. Furthermore, back pain can affect people of any age, for lots of different reasons. As people get older, the chance of developing lower back pain increases, due to factors including previous occupation and degenerative disk disease. This is why many will look to purchase an ohio marijuana card or seek guidance from a professional to be able to relieve any lower back tension.

Lower back pain can typically be linked to the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles, abdominal, and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area.

Pain in the upper back is usually caused by disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spinal inflammation.

However, did you know that sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can cause lower back pain and even worsen any existing back problems? The main reason behind this is that sitting in an office chair involves maintaining a static posture. Over time, this increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, adding large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

Although a traditional office chair is designed to provide complete support, there are plenty of adjustable height office chair options that can help to promote good posture. These chairs tend to require more active use of your muscles for balance and for sitting upright. If you have an injured back or other health problems, it is advisable to first talk with your doctor prior to using one of these types of chairs.

With all of this in mind, the American College of Physicians recently issued new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain, which include acupuncture. More details are given by this article by The Annals of Internal Medicine.

Here’s a great video from CBS news and another from NBC news highlighting the new guidelines.

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions we treat at Acupuncture Together, often with good success. We’re pleased to know that acupuncture and other non-invasive, low-risk treatments are being recommended.