Traditional medicine regards the kidneys as the source of qi that is supplied to the entire body, but especially to the muscles of the low back. As the kidneys and the related muscles of the low back weaken, the muscles go into spasm. This causes the muscles on either side of the spine to pull unequally on the spinal vertebrae. One side pulls harder than the other, causing the spine to drift in that direction. Eventually, disks and nerves become pinched from the bending of the spine to the right or left, causing acute pain.
Middle back pain is often caused by imbalances in the liver and spleen, organs that provide qi to the muscles of the middle back. Upper back pain can be caused by excess kidney energy that is transferred upward to the neck, excessive or deficient heart energy, or tension in the shoulder muscles caused by stress and liver-gallbladder imbalances.
For backache that often results from kidney yin deficiency (or expanded kidneys) Chinese medicine recommends:
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Other key aspects of Chinese medicine are: acupressure, acupuncture, tai chi and qigong. T'ai chi is an ancient Chinese discipline of slow, fluid movements. It's a great relaxation method that helps the muscles in your back. The breathing exercises and stretching activities of t'ai chi foster harmony within the body.
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