Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain
Back pain can lead to tiresome days and sleepless nights, especially for people spending most of their time on the office chair or continue working for long hours. In some cases, back pain is the result of an injury or medical condition that can often become chronic and needs to be treated.
Although chemical infused medication, ointments, and pain relievers may provide temporary comfort, acupuncture is not only a better solution but an effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Treatment differs from patient to patient depending on the cause and severity of back pain.
Acupuncture treatment for back pain is conducted by inserting needles at various energy points known as "qi" (pronounced "chee" in Chinese medicine), which stimulate electromagnetic signals causing a rush of pain-relieving chemicals known as endorphins in the body. It also triggers natural opioids, chemicals within the brain that help lower pain and aid better sleep. Additionally, it releases neurotransmitters that are responsible for nerve functioning and may activate pain relieving impulses and neurohormones that support organ functioning of the body.
Acupuncture points also known as "qi meridians" are different for both the upper and lower back. For upper back pain, also called thoracic back pain, the points can be found on the upper back, shoulders, neck, and head. For lower back pain, points can be found on the hands, stomach, lower back, hips, back of the knees and feet.
According to research conducted in 2012, involving about 20,000 people suffering from chronic back pain were treated in three different ways. Some of them were treated with acupuncture, some received fake treatment while others were not treated at all. Results showed that patients who received proper acupuncture treatment experienced a reduction in back pain by fifty percent.
Before seeking acupuncture treatment it is important to learn about the root cause of the pain and its occurrence time. A licensed professional will better understand and advice the frequency of treatments. Weekly sessions are preferable which can be lengthened gradually as condition improves.
Acupuncture is recommended by the American College of Physicians as a more suitable treatment for back pain as compared to over the counter medicine, following various research that has proved how acupuncture techniques help the body ease pain.