Back pain is a common condition that can affect anyone.
Researches show that back pain is one of the leading causes for missed work hours and the second reason for people visiting their doctors.
It is estimated that back pain affects almost every person at least once in their life time.
Back pain is most common in middle aged and older people and it can be caused by a variety of conditions.
However, the most common causes for back pain are usually conditions that are connected with muscle or nerve injuries.
People that have suffered from back pains know how frustrating and painful it can be. That’s why the whole world is eager to find a solution for back pain.
There are many solutions indeed, starting from pain-killers, other medications, injections and even surgeries. But, why go through all these hard procedures.
Why not try something less painful and more effective at the same time? Have you tried acupuncture for reducing back pains?
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the name of a traditional and ancient Chinese technique used most commonly to relieve pain.
Acupuncture is a procedure that involves small and thin needles inserted in a couple of specific spots on the body (depending on where the pain is), and it usually isn’t very painful.
These needles are then manipulated either manually or by using electrical stimulation. Acupuncture relies on the theory of regaining balance and harmony to the body and by that restoring health and heal wherever necessary.
Needles can be inserted in the skin in the exact spots where the pain is (local), or can be inserted elsewhere in the body (distal).
Distal spots are strategically determined in order to relieve quickly from the pain, especially if you suffer from acute back pain. So, don’t worry if you notice that the needles are not placed directly in your back.
How can Acupuncture help?
Acupuncture is an alternative technique used for many conditions including back pain. Although there is still no scientific proof on how effective it is or how it works, it is a very old technique that has shown positive results in many people.
It is often recommended by doctors and there are rarely any side effects so it is perfectly safe to use it.
Researches show that if you suffer from acute back pain (short-termed back pain), acupuncture can be used as a prevention from that pain becoming chronic.
Acupuncture can also help by reducing the time you need to recover.By applying the needles in the correct strategic spots, the body produces natural steroids which will reduce and minimize the inflammation.
Acupuncture will also help the production of endorphins which can help you reduce the pain. So, if you find it effective, acupuncture can also be used instead of pain-killers.
There is more than one form of acupuncture. Some of them are performed with just needles and others are electro-acupunctures. These all depend on the practitioner and the severity of the pain you have.
Acupuncture can also help you if you feel muscle or joint stiffness because it improves the blood circulation.
Researches show that practicing acupuncture also reduces the existing inflammation by releasing vascular and immuno-modulatory factors.In patients who suffer from chronic back pain, acupuncture has shown to give long-term relief.
That’s why it can be an excellent replacement for pain-killers and anti-inflammatory medications. Apart from pains, acupuncture has also shown good results in improving the sleep and the mood in patients that experience pains during the day.
In people who suffer from a condition that doesn’t allow a lot of physical activity, acupuncture has shown improvement in increasing the activity levels while decreasing the pain. This will contribute to people having a more normal and active life.
When it comes to how long acupuncture should be applied, it all depends on your condition. However, researches have shown that acupuncture should be done more than once in order to give the best results and provide long-term relief.
Ideally, at least two weeks in a row. And if the pain in chronic, you should have acupuncture done for a longer period.
Conditions that can be Treated with Acupuncture
Acupuncture has shown to have the best results in treating the following conditions:
– Sprains (overstretching ligaments in the back)
– Strains (tear or overstretching muscles in the back, usually caused by injury or a sudden force)
– Herniated (slipped) Disc
– Sciatica (pain that is caused by irritation or pressure of the sciatic nerve; the pain starts in the lower back and all the way down to the feet)
– Other back conditions.