Posted by: Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints heard by doctors. In the U.S alone, millions of people suffer from this often debilitating and quality of life altering disorder; which can make the simplest of daily tasks impossible to do. Unfortunately, when you see a Western doctor there isn’t much they can do to alleviate the pain and discomfort. More often than not, their solution is just a temporary fix which involves pain killers; which DO NOT resolve the problem, and tend to create more health issues from serious side - effects and addiction. On the extreme side you have more invasive treatments ranging from all types of surgical procedures, including the implantation of electrical devices to interrupt nerve impulses, to steroid injections. Many times these procedures do not work and / or create new problems as well.
It’s really important for patients to explore all the possibilities before submitting oneself to such extreme measures that could put your health at risk in other ways. One of the treatments that should be considered is acupuncture. I say this not because I’m an acupuncturist, but because I have suffered from chronic low - back pain myself; in fact, that was how I was introduced to acupuncture. I was so amazed at the improvement and pain reduction after my first treatment, that this was one of the deciding factors in choosing Eastern medicine as a career path.
From an Eastern perspective, back pain is one of the easier problems to treat, and involves a non-intrusive procedure. Along with acupuncture, other modalities may be applied such as: tui Na, cupping, electro – acupuncture, blood - letting, Chinese herbs, qi – gong or tai – chi, hydrotherapy, or yoga. The treatment for chronic low – back pain usually takes 1 – 3 months depending on each individual case.
Various studies have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic low - back pain. Some of these studies focused on particular acupuncture points, while other studies included point prescriptions (several points used together), which were compared to traditional Western treatments. In all the studies it was concluded that acupuncture was a superior treatment in terms of pain reduction, longer lasting results, and effectiveness.
If you have any questions with regard to low - back pain and acupuncture, feel free to send an email or call:
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