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Is Acupuncture an Effective Back Pain Treatment?

Is Acupuncture an Effective Back Pain Treatment?


If you’ve ever had back pain you know it’s no laughing matter. Back pain is one of those physical problems that people think will never happen to them and they find it hard to understand why it happens and hard to believe how painful people who have it say it is. Nevertheless, back pain is a real problem today and is actually becoming even more of a problem as more people are not in the physical shape they should be in and simultaneously are under more stress that only makes back worse.

When you have a back-pain problem you’ll try anything and sooner or later most back-pain sufferers get around to trying acupuncture. Acupuncture is something that many people know exists but don’t realize how effective it is until they try it. It’s not part a recognized medical profession in the sense that regular “M.D.’s” are considered to be in most western countries but it is a very ancient and honorable art and science with its own international governing bodies and set of standards. History shows it is effective on a variety of maladies and back pain is one of them.

How does acupuncture help back pain?

Acupuncture works by affecting the flow of energy in the body. This energy, known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”) even though it’s not strictly understood in purely scientific terms, is thought to be similar to micro-electrical forces that transmit sensations from the body to the brain and from the various organs of the body amongst themselves. Even the blood has its own energy level.

Acupuncture has its origin in China. Ancient Chinese diagrams, unchanged for over 1000 and still used today, show critical paths of energy and points in the body called “meridians” where energy flows and can be adjusted or controlled by inserting micro-thin, disposable and sterile needles, almost as thin as a human hair anywhere from ¼ to 1 inch deep. The exact depth depends on the specific treatment and the patient’s unique situation.

These needles interact with the energy flow and actually expedite its flow to give the patient relief for a variety of physical and even emotional problems. Back-pain is just one of them. Most acupuncture practitioners have many clients who claim relief from back pain by acupuncture treatments.

While acupuncture is a relatively new type of medical treatment in western countries it has too many people who claim to have benefited from it to be ignored. In fact, many insurance companies even cover acupuncture treatments for a variety of conditions.

Typically, acupuncture treatments last several weeks and the patient sees the acupuncturist usually at least twice a week for individual sessions that last up to an hour. Each treatment starts with an individual, up-to-date diagnosis of the patient’s condition and may or may not be exactly the same as the previous treatment. This is why many patients report benefits for problems in addition the back pain. Acupuncture has many benefits, is not painful, has no side-effects and is not expensive.

For back-pain relief, acupuncture does work. If you’re experiencing and are not getting the improvement you’d like to see from your present method of treatment, you should try acupuncture.

By: Tom Spozi