Why winter is a pain in the back

When qi (energy) and blood flow freely, there is no pain. It is essential to keep our qi and blood flow moving freely for health, well-being and to be free from pain. Especially in the colder months as cold congeals the flow of qi and blood resulting in blood stasis – cold settles into the channels causing pain to be fixed, sharp and stabbing in nature. Pain due to cold feels better with warmth, worse and aggravated with cold.

What causes back pain? 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the common causes of lower back pain are:

  • External pathogens invasion
  • Internal causes
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Dietary imbalance
  • Traumatic injury
  • Over exertion, over working, long hours without rest.

Another reason for back pain could be sciatica. Sciatica is a condition where the pain extends from the back to the buttocks and radiates to the leg and this is caused due to tenderness to a nerve called the sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine.

External pathogens 

Our qi and blood flow can be affected by external environmental invasion they are wind, cold, dampness, heat, and dryness and summer heat. If the defensive qi is weak, environmental energies can invade the body, settling into the channels, and block the flow of qi and blood in those channels. Often these external invasions attack the body in pairs such as: cold and damp or wind and heat. When these pathogens invade the lower back, we may experience acute lower back pain. When these pathogens invade the head or upper body we get colds and flu. When these pathogens get lodged into the body, they cause back pain to be acute.

How do we treat lower back pain? 

Once the therapist has given a diagnosis according to TCM theory and listening to your signs and symptoms, there are a few different treatment options to assist your lower back pain by using:

  • Acupuncture
  • Point injection therapy
  • Moxa, adds warmth to the channels and move qi and blood to stop pain
  • Cupping
  • Infra-red heat lamp
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Massage

Classifications of back pain according to Chinese medicine

  • Deficiency relates pain
  • Pain caused due to cold damp obstruction
  • Qi and blood stagnation related pain

Types of back pain according to Chinese medicine 

  • Dull and nagging pain that subsides with rest
    This pain occurs mostly in middle-aged people and in elderly people is due to deficiencies according to Chinese medicine.
  • Stabbing pain
    Patients experience stiffness and tightening sensations in the muscles of the back and pain increases while resting. Sprains and strains generally cause this variety of back pain.
  • Tingling sensation with swelling and heaviness
    People suffering back pain of this type experience significant reduction in pain with heat applications. This is due to cold damp obstruction and worse in the cold damp weather or early morning; this is why it is referred to as cold damp.

At Turning Point Acupuncture we believe in prevention by having regular monthly acupuncture maintenances treatments, to support back pain. You can prevent pain, acupuncture for back pain is holistic and treats both physically and psychological aspect.

Book in today for a maintenance treatment and prevent your back pain from getting worse.

Until next time,


Turning Point Acupuncture

22 Stewart Road


Phone: (07) 3366 7566


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