What is Back Pain?
Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. The pain can often be divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain.
Facts about Back Pain
Back pain is the second most common neurological condition, following headache, and is one of the most frequent reasons for doctor visits. Nearly 80 percent of individuals will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
People experiencing back pain often find they have reduced dependence on medication after they begin their acupuncture treatment. Reduced pain, improvements in functional ability and enhanced quality of life are some of the benefits of acupuncture therapy for back pain.
Back Pain Symptoms
- Sudden Onset
- Chronic Pain
- Pain in One Place
- Pain Radiates to Other Areas.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Acupuncture alleviates back pain by stimulating the production of pain-suppressing endorphins in the central nervous system. Acupuncture can modify the processing of pain signals which can increase pain tolerance as well as act on pain generation and transmission in the body.
Your acupuncture physician will recommend a therapy plan tailored to your specific condition. Frequent initial sessions followed by weekly treatments are most effective to reduce pain. Your acupuncture physician may recommend Chinese herbal medicine to alleviate inflammation and stiffness as well as back
and abdominal exercises to supplement your acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Acupuncture is a medication-free therapy for the treatment of back pain caused by overstretching of back ligaments (sprains), back muscle rips or tears (strains), herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture can be more effective in the treatment of back pain than conventional therapies, such as medication and spinal surgery. For individuals who choose standard care treatment for their back pain, acupuncture can safely be integrated into a comprehensive care management plan.
For acute conditions, acupuncture can often clear up back pain in the first few sessions. For those experiencing a chronic condition, additional therapy sessions are typically required to manage pain.