Low Back Pain and Acupuncture

 Low back acupuncture model with acupuncture needles

Acupuncture – Effective Natural Therapy Against Low Back Pain

Nearly 80% of people suffer from low back pain at some point in life, whether the pain lasts for just a few days or persists as chronic low back pain for months or years. Back pain is not only one of the main reasons people seek medical treatment, but it is also the leading reported reason for seeking acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown effective for treating chronic low back pain.

Symptoms And Causes Of Low Back Pain

Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation.  You may find the pain debilitating, making it hard to move or stand up straight.

Factors that can lead to low back pain include muscle strain after heavy lifting or over excursion at exercise, and sciatica caused by a bulging or ruptured disc in the spinal column putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots.

Regularly toting a heavy bag on your shoulder as well as actions that twist the spine, such as lifting and pulling, increase your risk of developing low back pain. Poor posture when sitting or standing is another culprit for causing low back pain. Fibromyalgia, which causes widespread muscle aches, is one of several chronic conditions that can bring on low back pain. Two other such conditions are spinal stenosis (narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, putting pressure on the spinal nerves) and spondylitis (severe inflammation of the spinal joints).

How Acupuncture Can Help

This traditional Chinese healing practice involves inserting needles at specified points on the body. The aim of acupuncture is to remove blockages to the flow of energy (Qi) along pathways or meridians that form a network throughout the body.

Acupuncture leads to the release of pain-killing endorphins by speeding the relay of electromagnetic signals through the body.  It also stimulates the release of opioids in the brain that are shown to lessen pain and promote sleep. By activating the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, acupuncture alters secretion of chemicals that lead to a reduction in the sensation of pain.

The acupuncturist takes your complete medical history and conducts a physical examination. Your diet may be taken into account to ascertain nutritional well-being. Dietary changes may be recommended, possibly including herbal supplements. Treatment will be tailored to your specific condition and complaint, with follow-up appointments used to reassess the progress and make changes if needed.

Acupuncture conducted by an experienced, trained acupuncturist is generally a safe procedure. In treating low back pain it may be used in conjunction with other medical treatments such as chiropractic care or as a stand-alone approach. In the event that you are beset by low back pain, you can be reassured that acupuncture is there to give you the desired relief.