Acupuncture for back pain
Vancouver Acupuncture A traditional Chinese treatment, Acupuncture works with the body to promote healing naturally. It is a curative modality that includes insertion and manipulation of needles to arouse nerves of your body.
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used as a valid treatment for back pain. Several studies have shown, in terms of quality of life, it can be more cost effective than other back pain treatments.
Acupuncture is not a cure-all, even if it has shown to work in lots of patients suffering from ailment as varied as inflammatory arthritis, cramps and headaches. When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, it is a low-risk, safe and effective procedure.
How can Acupuncture for back pain help?
A qualified practitioner will first massage your body and rely on your feedback to find the most painful areas. These are then treated with the needles which are actually quite painless. Even if you have only lower back pain, most practitioners will need to see and possibly treat you along your whole spine so as to repair your back problem. Normally more than a few sessions are needed for you to get the full benefit of acupuncture. After several weeks of treatment, patients experience improved mobility and pain relief
What benefits can Acupuncture for back pain give?
acupunctureResults vary from person to person but around half or more report some long term benefit. Acupuncturists claim that their skills don’t just relieve pain but actually help to restore the muscle balance that many people with back pain have lost.
At first this may not sound much but this is much higher than for other conventional treatments such as physiotherapy and drugs. Most patients report other benefits from acupuncture with claims of increased well-being, better sleep and less anxiety being fairly common.
Over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines and pain relievers can help you ease the pain, but such medication should not be taken for long periods of time. Long term use of these medicines can cause a myriad of health problems like stomach ulcers. Some medications can even be addictive. But in the case of Acupuncture, there are no such side effects.