Acupuncture for Back Pain Management
Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Back Pain?
One most common ailments afflicting all people is back pain. In fact, nearly 80% of all people will experience some back pain in their life. It is the number one reason why people go for acupuncture treatment. The fact that acupuncture is the preferred mode of treatment for many people has led to serious research on the issue.
The studies indicate that using acupuncture for treating acupuncture works. For instance, a recent review of over twenty studies shows that short-term relief can be achieved. It is especially so for people who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The study was conducted in comparison to other forms of treatment like taking pills.
Although taking pills can help to numb the pain, they have many dire consequences. For one, the user could become addicted to pain medication. Even official bodies like the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture. Its effects have been tried and tested with positive outcomes.
How Acupuncture Helps With Back Pain
The practice began in China nearly 2,500 years ago. The process entails piercing the skin with long and thin needles and leaving them there for a while. These needles have to be placed at specific points in the body. The oldest surviving records show that there are about 2,000 of these strategic points in the body.
The points are connected to each other through meridians. The meridians are channels through which Qi, a type of energy flows. When these points are stimulated, it leads to a correction of how energy flows through the channels. When it happens, that helps to relieve pain.
One theory is that the acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system. As a result, it leads to the release of chemicals into the muscles that have a healing effect. The chemicals are also released into the brain and the spinal cord. They lead to a numbing of pain or to the stimulation of a bodily process that leads to healing.
Additionally, there are theories that it works by increasing the speed at which electromagnetic signals travel in the body. Thus, it increases the rate at which endorphins flow in the body. These types of chemicals lead to a feel-good feeling in the body. Alternatively, there is a suggestion that the acupuncture leads to the release of immunity cells. Immune system cells cause the release on naturally occurring opioids leading to less pain and better sleep.
Additionally, there is a suggestion that acupuncture alters the release of neurohormones and neurotransmitters. Neurohormones are known to affect how body organs function in the body. Neurotransmitters can either increase or dampen how sensitive a neuron is.
There is Never Any Pain Involved
Everyone experience with acupuncture is unique. However, almost no one ever claims to have felt pain. In America, the practice is regulated by requiring that only single use needles can be used. The needles are quite thin; their width is twenty times smaller than that of a standard needle used in hospitals.