This article is addressed to people suffering with severe neck pain and low back pain, especially those who’ve been told that surgery is their only option.
There is growing evidence that spinal fusion surgery isn’t better than a conservative non-operative approach that includes Acupuncture and therapeutic exercise.
Acupuncture is very effective for releasing tension and improving circulation, relieving stress that aggravates compression and painful immobility.
I’ll offer some general guidelines that will improve most neck and back pain situations.
- Complex and serious health situations need individualized evaluation and advice that’s best offered in person.
- Emphasize soft tissue/ fascial healing rather than mechanical joint manipulation.
- Gentle manual traction is very effective for reducing acute disc compression.
- Keep moving. Move what you can.
- Stretching and Exercising to maintain/restore mobility of the adjacent and downstream tissue is crucial. Exercise that emphasizes axial lengthening of the spine is best in the initial healing phase as opposed to strong rotation or side bending. Axial extension enhances the spine’s natural elastic recoil and Fascial Tensegrity.
- ELDOA is an exercise system that creates space between the vertebrae, decompressing the disc and nerves. It respects your body’s holistic integrity and specifically targets individual spinal units. It is one of the most effective spinal rehabilitation methods available and can be scaled to all levels of fitness. The motto of ELDOA is “You are your own Best Therapist”.
- Cultivate a positive outlook that you will get better.
- Increase your water intake. Systematic hydration directly affects disc hydration.
I can say from personal experience that ELDOA has transformed my own spinal health. My back is stronger and more resilient than it’s been in years. I was introduced to ELDOA by an acupuncture client, a 10 year NHL veteran. I asked him how he kept his spine healthy during a professional hockey season? He said ELDOA.
Mark Shprintz is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His practice, Nashville Healing Arts Acupuncture, is located in East Nashville. Mark is an expert at alleviating muscular tension, recurring inflammation and the health consequences of emotional stress. He is trained in the ELDOA Method of the Spine.