Is Acupuncture Effective in Relieving Chronic Back Pain? A guest post by Matt Bailey
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical treatment to cure body pain and has been considered a safe method to relieve body pain for decades. Acupuncture works by promoting the body’s natural self-healing process. This 3,000-year old traditional medical treatment has proven to be effective in most cases of chronic body pain. The method of acupuncture uses fine needles that are inserted at different points in the body. These are the pressure points that must be released to balance the flow of energy in the body. This energy in our body is known as Qi or Chi, in the traditional medical terminology. Acupuncture releases the blocked energy in the body to bring a balance in the flow of energy. This blocked energy in the body is known to cause pain and other symptoms.
How is Acupuncture Treatment Conducted?
Acupuncture improves the flow of energy in the body and it affects all the systems in the body, such as, the endocrine system, the immune system, the nervous and digestive systems. The release of blocked energy thus improves immunity and the self-healing process. Acupuncture treatment can only be conducted by certified acupuncturists who conduct treatment after assessing the medical history of the patient. He or she will conduct a physical examination such as checking the tongue and pulse. The treatment begins by laying on the treatment table, where fine needles are inserted at precise acupoints. Usually, there is no pain as the needles are placed gently and may be placed for up to 30 minutes.
Can Acupuncture Relieve Back Pain?
Clinical studies have proven that acupuncture can treat body pain as well as other conditions and illnesses, including nausea, depression, anxiety, insomnia and migraines. Acupuncture can and does relieve back pain, as well as neck pain, headaches, knee pain, sprain, joint pain, facial pain, dental pain, hypertension, nausea and vomiting and several other conditions. Acupuncture relieves back pain by unblocking the energy points and balancing the flow of Qi, or energy in the body.
Is This Treatment Cost-Effective?
It is common to experience relief in the first session. However, for more severe pain additional sessions may be required. If you have chronic back pain issues, you might need to do several sessions over the months, therefore treatment sessions vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the condition. It is important to get treated by a licensed acupuncturist, and he or she must have years of clinical experience. The thin, solid, metallic needles are sterile and can be manipulated by electrical stimulation and are regulated by FDA.
Is Acupuncture Safe and Effective?
Acupuncture has been clinically proven to cure and heal many chronic and acute body pain issues, such as back pain, migraines and neck pain. Although the procedure is deemed safe, bacterial infections may occur at the site of needle insertion. Side effects can be avoided if the acupuncturist is well trained, experienced and maintains proper hygiene conditions.
Many aspects of its effectiveness are yet to be proven and medically demonstrated. Many biological changes are noticed in the body after the treatment; those affect the nervous, hormonal, as well as immune and digestive systems of the body.