Acupuncture can offer back pain relief, and this has been very well documented. Numerous scientific studies confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain. Back pain ranks among the most common problems that bring people to our acupuncture clinic. Low back pain (lumbar) pain – can be acute or chronic. Acute back pain most of the time results from injury, although in many cases a commonplace movement can trigger low back pain. In most cases, it is due to strain on the muscles, and ligaments of the spine. Symptoms are usually felt in the lower back but sometimes may include shooting or stabbing pain that radiates into the buttock, hip, or thigh. Patients experience a limited range of motion, trouble walking, sitting, or standing up straight. Back pain lasting more than three months is considered chronic. acupuncture for low back pain
To treat low back pain with acupuncture, a patient is asked about the pain location. They are also asked to move their torso to determine which movement causes pain and restriction. The location of painful points and movement restriction helps to determine the involved acupuncture channels. This information is used to create a treatment protocol.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into the selected acupuncture points and retained for approximately 30 minutes. During this time most patients fall asleep or stay in a pleasant trance-like state. Most of the patients experience at least some back pain relief during the treatment. Typically, the patients are asked to come for treatment twice per week. In severe cases, treatment every day or every other day for five days may be needed. Gradual improvement of the symptoms is expected after each treatment.
Herbal medicine offers another powerful low back pain solution. The treatment principles that involve prescribing a therapeutic herbal formula extend far beyond giving patient substances that numb the pain or suppress chronic inflammation. In addition to experiencing back pain relief, patients often report an overall improvement of their health, including an increase in libido, normalization of the menstrual cycle, deeper sleep, and other positive changes. Patients suffering from chronic low back pain are especially encouraged to explore herbal medicine, because of the unparalleled benefits it can offer.
Feeling a gradual back pain relief after each acupuncture session is the sign of successful treatment. In some cases, a single acupuncture session is enough to entirely relieve back pain, producing an instant and lasting cure, but generally, patients are advised to undergo a whole therapeutic program that consists of eight acupuncture sessions that are administered at least twice a week. Progress after each session is carefully monitored.
Lifestyle changes can be a big part of the process. We believe that anyone suffering from chronic pain should become competent in self-care. Every patient with chronic low back pain gets a unique set of home-based exercises, stress-reduction techniques to build up core muscles and prevent future bouts of pain.
Research supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain cupping therapy lower back pain treatment in both acute and chronic pain. Analysis from researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City found that acupuncture relieves chronic pain better than standard medical care. The studies compared acupuncture with the usual medical treatments available for different types of chronic pain. The investigators reviewed only the long-lasting studies (at least one month) and in which the effects of treatment were assessed at least a month after acupuncture treatment began. Clear evidence was found that acupuncture relieves chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. The report’s authors concluded that physicians and other health care providers should consider acupuncture as a valid treatment option for painful conditions.