Can Acupuncture Treat Chronic Back Pain?

Can Acupuncture Treat Chronic Back Pain?
Can Acupuncture Treat Chronic Back Pain?

Did you know that 8 out of 10 individuals will experience back pain at some point in their lives and it is the #1 reason for people seeking out acupuncture treatment. According to the results of several research studies, acupuncture is an effective alternative treatment for back pain.

Acupuncture treatment is a traditional Chinese medicine, which involves the insertion of ultra-thin needles into specific points in the body to dispel pathogenic factors and allow free flow of the vital energy (Qi) that can relieve pain.

Altering Pain Sensation

From a scientific standpoint, relief of back pain may be caused by the stimulation of the central nervous system which triggers release of chemicals in the spinal cord, muscles, and brain that alters the sensation of pain and promotes a sense of well being. These chemicals may include:

  • Endorphins: Also known as the “feel good” hormones that have pain-killing properties.
  • Natural opioids: These substances are released by the brain to reduce pain and promote sleep.
  • Neurohormones and neurotransmitters: These substances can alter brain chemistry by dampening or stimulating nerve impulses to control pain sensation as well as to improve function and mobility.

Reducing Inflammation

Prolonged inflammation due to chronic back pain can cause harm to surrounding tissues and worsen back pain symptoms. Acupuncture produces an anti-inflammatory effect by triggering the release of cortisol from the pituitary gland.

Promoting Healing

Acupuncture therapy promotes healing of tiny blood vessels that may be damaged as a result of a back injury. This improves blood flow bringing nutrients to the site of injury enabling faster healing and relief from back pain.

Due to its many benefits and the fact that it causes hardly any adverse effects, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommends acupuncture therapy as a viable treatment option for patients suffering with chronic back pain.

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