By inserting needles into “Acupuncture-points” along the meridians, can adjust the flow of energy, remove blockages, and create a balance in the body. Recently scientists confirm that when needles are inserted into acupuncture-points, this stimulates the body's nervous system to release certain chemicals such as endorphins, dynorphins in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, they can release the pain.
Find a practitioner who is familiar with muscular pain and you should be better really soon.
As far as what techniques would be used, your practitioner may use a combination of many techniques including needling, moxa, cupping, and gua sha. Every body is different, and every practitioner has their favorite methods. They all work, so I would encourage you to find an acupuncturist nearby so you can get in to see them a couple times a week til you start feeling better. And most insurances are now covering it!
Acupuncture definitely helps with pain management. We move blood, release right muscles and break stuck muscle fibers (trigger points). Methods can be the use of actual acupuncture needles and or cupping. Definitely give it a try
Extreme pain is concerning. I would first see your ob/gyn and a physiatrist to evaluate the root cause. Other factors can cause low back pain after birth that are not low back, but felt in the low back. If your evaluation reveals nothing concerning I would strongly suggest a pelvic floor therapist to heal from the stresses of birth that can lead to muscular skeletal imbalances and back pain. But, first please see the ob/gyn and physiatrist, both are medical doctors that can together best figure out why you are in pain.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
The sooner you start the better.
There are many different needles techniques. I personally practice Balance Method, it is very effective.
Here is why:
For Low-Back Pain. A 2012 analysis of data on participants in acupuncture studies looked at back and neck pain together and found that actual acupuncture was more helpful than either no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture. A 2010 review by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that acupuncture relieved low-back pain immediately ...
Lower back is very common among all types of people, and there are many different reasons for lower back pain. Please go see your family doctor and have an X-ray taken. TCM is known for pain management, but in TCM we work with the energy level. Energy free flow helps with blood free flow hence help ease the pain. Energy and blood stagnation cause pain. You can definitely go see your acupuncturist once you have consulted with your family doctor and have an X-ray taken.
Aside from the local (low back) effects in pain relief, acupuncture stimulates the release of chemicals such as endorphins, natural opioids and other neurochemicals that affect pain. Additionally, acupuncture supports the body’s natural healing abilities and helps the body-mind to relax.
There are several different acupuncture techniques that can be used to treat back pain. Both local points (low back) and distal points (other areas of the body) have the ability to give relief. Some acupuncturists use electro-acupuncture (needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips), while others use needles without electrical stimulation. The technique used for your low back pain will depend on the style used by the acupuncturist you choose.
Some of the best studies of acupuncture in pain conditions show that the needles might be doing a couple things:
1. Regulating a set of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord which have a lot to do with transmission of sensory signals, including pain signals. In essence, acupuncture is changing the way pain signals propagate through the central nervous system.
2. Re-mapping areas of the prefrontal cortex of the brain. The prefrontal cortex is an area of the brain which is heavily involved in the processing of pain signals. The changes induced by acupuncture appear to be changing the way the brain interprets pain.
In addition to these two things, certain kinds of acupuncture (especially a technique known as electrical stimulation) have been shown to induce the body to create stem cells which can help repair damaged areas.
As to your question regarding technique - that will depend heavily on the particular acupuncturist you choose to see and what system of acupuncture they practice. In the west, we tend to see acupuncture as a single monolithic approach. The reality is there are multiple systems inside the acupuncture container and different people practice in different ways.
Broadly speaking you're going to see two different approaches:
1. Folks who treat locally. In this case, if you come in complaining of low back pain, the practitioner will go through an intake and diagnosis and needles will likely be placed in or near the painful areas of your low back. This approach would include techniques like trigger or motor point stimulation as well as more classical local points indicated for low back issues.
2. Folks who treat distally. In this case, if you come in with a low back pain complaint, the practitioner will go through an intake and diagnosis and needles will not be placed in or near the low back; they'll be placed elsewhere on the body - usually between the elbows and hands/knees and feet. These systems are a lot more difficult for westerns to wrap their minds around, but for pain conditions they can be extremely effective.
I practice a distal system of acupuncture and I get excellent results treating back pain by placing needles on the back of the hands.
The most important thing is not whether the practitioner is using local or distal techniques. The important thing is whether or not they can accurately assess and diagnose your issue in terms of Chinese medicine. For this, you need to make sure you're seeing someone who is NCCAOM board certified (either Dipl Ac. or Dipl OM). I'd suggest starting with the "Find a Practitioner" page at NCCAOM.org to find board certified and licensed practitioners in your area.