Effective Solutions for Low Back Pain
Can Acupuncture be an effective treatment solution for low back pain?
YES! Acupuncture is routinely used to relieve pain such as low back, knee, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, tennis elbow and chronic pain where the underlying cause has yet to be discovered. Chinese Medicine considers pain to be a stagnation of energy, blood or body fluids. By inserting very fine needles along the energy pathways called meridians, acupuncture harmonizes and enhances the bodies own natural restorative powers. And, it works well with other alternative healing therapies.
According to the World Healht Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proved – through controlled clinic trials – to be an effective treatment for low back pain.
Today’s lifestyle has become the culprit of our pain society. We more often that not find ourselves in a sitting position, either at a desk, driving or in front of the television, for far too many hours in a day. People are typically void of exercise which maintains the flow of our bodily fluids and keeps our muscles and joints limber. Acupuncture is very effective for the treatment of back pain and the results are usually immediate.
Treating Back Pain with Acupuncture
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated that acupuncture relieves back pain better than conventional treatments.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, divided 638 participants with back pain into four groups. Two groups received acupuncture, one group received a placebo version of acupuncture, while the participants of the final group received no acupuncture, but continued whatever conventional treatment program such as a drug program or physical therapy.
After seven weeks, all three groups who received acupuncture reported greater and more meaningful improvement in their back pain than the usual-care group. Even placebo acupuncture techniques yielded positive results. “Overall, 60% of the acupuncture-treated patients, but just 39% of the usual-care group patients had meaningful improvements in dysfunction,” a WebMD article states. Meaningful improvements refers to relief which allows patients to return to activities of daily living previously hindered by back pain.
Cherkin also states that Americans spend some $37 billion a year for medical care for back pain, and that acupuncture is a cost-effective option. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have with stood the test of time. They increasingly recognized by the Western medical community as safe and effective pain management solutions. Many MDs recommend acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as an additional therapy to patients suffering from back pain.
Pain is an individual experience affecting more North Americans than any other health disorder. Yet, pain is our defense mechanism and vital to our survival. Acute pain is useful in a protective way while constant or recurring pain signals that both physical and psychological elements require attention. Healing therapies and techniques can reduce or eliminate pain even when the exact cause is a mystery or the cause cannot be removed.
Whether the pain is sudden and severe or a long term chronic condition, the mind and entire body are affected. The most effective method of eradicating pain is finding the underlying cause. Rather than masking and suppressing pain with pharmaceutical drugs, empower the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Our bodies release endorphins, an intermedium used by the body to naturally deal with pain. The word endorphin means “internal morphine”, along with enkephalin are biochemicals produced by the brain itself to block and regulate the sensation of pain. Endorphins create a euphoric state with natural painkilling effects. Too often people turn to conventional medicine risking dependency. These drugs produce side effects associated with ulcers, kidney failure, bladder, and liver problems.
Pain elicits several responses in the body, causing accelerated heart beat, sweating, rising blood pressure, pupil dilation, and breathing irregularities. Anyone suffering from extended pain may experience loss of appetite, lower sex drive, constipation, restless sleep, irritability and digestive problems.
The character of the pain may provide clues to the nature and severity of the problem. Waves of pain that gain momentum, plateau and then subside are referred to as colics. A colic example; pain in the abdominal area, resulting from the contraction of any hollow organ.
Pain which shoots in one direction, suggests nerve involvement. Relaxation will lessen pain as demonstrated with women in childbirth labour who have learned to accept the ebb and flow of pain during contractions.
Cramping pains typically indicate muscle contractions, lasting a few seconds to a few minutes. Spasms causing sudden pain as seen in leg and foot cramps are ordinarily the effect of the circulation being cut off due to sitting awkwardly.
When pain is chronic and the source cannot be found consider food allergies. An allergic reaction to food can trigger and sustain chronic pain. Have allergy tests done particularly when no other discernable cause can be found. Allergies affect the nervous and immune systems. Once the allergen is detected and eliminated, the pain is alleviated. Other culprits are fungus, Candida, parasites, dental fillings and heavy metals.
Acupuncture is both a viable and popular alternative to effectively help you with your low back pain – without the risk of dangerous and unwanted side effects.
Renew You Clinic’s Acupuncture Practitioner, Lily Wu, was an Acupuncture Doctor in China for 13 years in a hospital setting and 12 more here in Canada. She has an extraordinary amount of experience with Chinese medicine which makes her quite a find for those seeking a highly qualified acupuncturist in the Hamilton or Stoney Creek area with loads of both practical and clinical experience. She gets great results.
If you have not ever had acupuncture, our frequently asked questions page is very helpful; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)>>
For more information about how acupuncture can help you, please contact the clinic. Call today!