Treating back pain with acupuncture may sound exotic and mysterious, but in truth, it is a time-honored medical tradition that dates back thousands of years and has a reputation for its accuracy and effectiveness. But first, perhaps, it helps to know exactly what acupuncture is.
Acupuncture; a Short Definition
Acupuncture is a complementary branch of medicine that has it’s root in the mists of Chinese history. It involves pricking the skin with hair-thin needles which trigger the body’s natural healing energies and impulses and which is used to help reduce pain; even to alleviate it altogether. But acupuncture is also used to treat a variety of other conditions including mental and/or emotional issues.
While for a long time it wasn’t widely know of or accepted in Western societies, acupuncture has increased in popularity until today it is accepted as a safe and effective therapy which, being drug-free, is preferable by many individuals who would rather not deal with medications to treat their pain and other medical issues.
Acupuncture is noninvasive (in that it does not require surgical procedures), and an acupuncturist will tailor each treatment to the individual patient’s unique needs. While relief of pain (or treatment of the condition) is the ultimate goal, there are other side effects that are routinely experienced by the patient, and these include relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.
The Use of Acupuncture to Relieve Back Pain
Back pain is one of the common reasons that acupuncture is recommended and the procedures are undertaken. Once misunderstood, actual tests have been done; clinical tests and trials that treated patients with chronic lower back pain that show that half of those who received acupuncture actually had their back pain improve after treatment, where only ¼ of those who had traditional treatments reported a decrease in pain. The findings were conclusive, acupuncture can now be regarded as a legitimate treatment of back pain, and one which costs significantly less than standard treatments for back pain and does not involve any sorts of surgeries or invasive techniques.
While at first it may seem counterproductive to stick needles into your back when you are already in pain, if you or someone you care about has had serious back pain, you will understand just how desperate you can be if nothing else that you have tried has worked.
The placement of the needles is very important, and the acupuncturist follows specific charts and diagrams that chart out the body’s “meridian lines”; lines of energy which, when re-directed, will help to counter the pain in a specific area of the body.
The thousands upon thousands of individuals who have benefited from acupuncture could all tell you the same story; acupuncture works, especially in the treatment of pain, and especially in the treatment of back pain. If you have tried other methods and have found little or no relief, then you may want to consider treating back pain with acupuncture and watch as you regain control of your own life.