Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work in the United States. Whether acute or chronic, low back pain gets in the way of your ability to be as active and productive as you want to be. Here are some self-care strategies from a Chinese medicine perspective that you can integrate into your daily routine.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience explored the relationship between acupuncture to insomnia and anxiety. After participating in a five-week acupuncture treatment, participants in the study had an increase in the amount of melatonin in their bodies. Melatonin is a sleep hormone that helps trigger the onset of sleep and keeps you stay asleep through the night. Participants in the study slept longer and woke less often during the night.
I am so excited to announce that my dream of bringing Turning Pointe Acupuncture to its new home in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood is now a reality. The new clinic space is housed in a historic mid-century modern building that has been in operation as a neighborhood medical clinic since 1947. A beloved chiropractor and naturopathic doctor saw nearly 80 patients per day and delivered hundreds of babies over the years. The clinic's original doctor even performed minor surgeries on-site!
Good news - the answer is yes in many cases! Most major insurance plans in Oregon do cover acupuncture for pain and other health issues. And you typically don't need a referral. Most insurance plans start over January 1st --- so if you've been curious about acupuncture, now is a great time to use your allowed visits before they run out.