Acupuncture for Back Pain
Published on June 2, 2022
by Belle Kuhn

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Published on June 2, 2022 by Belle Kuhn

Acupuncture for Back Pain

When faced with back pain, acupuncture should be the first line of defense, not a last resort. Acupuncture works to dissolve trigger points that cause pain, reduce inflammation in the muscle, and block pain signals from the nerves. It also helps address emotional and energetic causes of back pain.

Acupuncture has been shown to have significant pain reducing effects in chronic and acute cases of back pain.

In an update of patient data meta-analysis published in the May edition of the Journal of Pain, researchers concluded that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, that the effects of acupuncture persist over time, and that the benefits of acupuncture cannot be explained away solely by the placebo effect.

Safe & Effective Treatment

This natural “alternative” medicine is safe and effective with no negative side-effects. In fact, it has many positive side-effects such as better sleep, balanced mood, reduced stress and increased energy. Acupuncture stimulates an immune response via the nervous system to start the healing process. This is a much better solution than what typical western medicine has to offer such as drugs or surgery.

How Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain

  • Short-term relief by address the current symptom
  • Long-term relief and prevention from recurrence by addressing the root cause
  • Stimulating the release of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins and blocking pain signals from the source
  • Promoting the release of natural occurring opioids from the brain to induce pain relief
  • Altering the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones that dampen nerve impulses to the affected area
  • Moving stagnation caused by bruising, muscle tightness and deep tissue adhesions

We are Results-Oriented

With all of these attributes of regular treatment, you’re bound to get quick and lasting results. The key is to follow your acupuncturist’s individualized treatment schedule and lifestyle recommendations. Chronic pain may take more treatments to resolve and acute pain may take less. 

If indicated, your acupuncturist may use adjunct modalities like auricular acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation and herbal formulations to address the root cause of the pain. 

At our clinic, we take into consideration each individual’s health history and pain presentation to design a customized evidence-based treatment plan.

References:

Urits I, Wang JK, Yancey K, Mousa M, Jung JW, Berger AA, Shehata IM, Elhassan A, Kaye AD, Viswanath O. Acupuncture for the Management of Low Back Pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2021 Jan 14;25(1):2. doi: 10.1007/s11916-020-00919-y. PMID: 33443607

Lee JH, Choi TY, Lee MS, Lee H, Shin BC, Lee H. Acupuncture for acute low back pain: a systematic review. Clin J Pain. 2013 Feb;29(2):172-85. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31824909f9. PMID: 23269281.

Vickers AJ, et al. (2012). Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data meta-analysis. DOI: https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180521acupuncture.html
Moura CC, Chaves ECL, Cardoso ACLR, Nogueira DA, Azevedo C, Chianca TCM. Auricular acupuncture for chronic back pain in adults: a systematic review and metanalysis. Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2019 Aug 19;53:e03461. Portuguese, English. Doi: 10.1590/S1980-220X2018021703461. PMID: 31433010.

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