Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States and is one of the most frequent reasons for acupuncture physician visits. Allopathic therapy for back pain includes physical therapy, exercise, anti-inflammatory and analgesic medication, and spinal surgery. Acupuncture is an effective alternative to conventional therapies for the treatment of back pain caused by overstretching of back ligaments (sprains), back muscle rips or tears (strains), herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal osteoarthritis.
As a primary therapy modality or in combination with conventional medication, acupuncture effectively addresses the root cause of allergies by correcting the underlying immune system imbalance. Those who suffer from allergies should speak to their acupuncture physician about how acupuncture can reduce symptoms and prevent allergic reactions. Acupuncture focuses on symptom relief while aiding the body’s capacity to regulate antigen-antibody reactions and process allergens. Acupuncture therapy minimizes asthma, fatigue, sinus headache and other allergic reactions.
Patients who do not opt for surgery or who decide to reduce intake of heavy pain medication may also find acupuncture an excellent option. Acupuncture improves blood circulation and relaxes spinal muscles, allowing more fluid and nutrients to nourish spinal discs and enhance disc elasticity. Acupuncture increases the release of pain-suppressing spinal cord nerve neurotransmitters and endorphins (natural pain-killers) into the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord), reducing back pain.
Acupuncture can be integrated into health care management of persistent non-specific back pain as a primary therapy component or as a complementary modality alongside general practitioner care. Therapy session length is assessed according to individual constitution and back pain condition. Acute pain may clear up in a few sessions. Underlying deficiencies or chronic back pain conditions require more treatments as needed. Acupuncture therapy is most effective with frequent initial sessions followed by weekly treatments as back pain diminishes. Chinese herbal medicine may be prescribed to reduce inflammation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 80 percent of the general population in the United Sates will suffer an episode of low back pain during their lifetimes. If you are experiencing back pain and have not had adequate pain relief from conventional treatment or would like to cut back on pain medication, ask your doctor to recommend a licensed acupuncture physician. For more information about acupuncture for back pain treatment contact Dr. Richard Browne for treatment or a FREE 30 minute consultation.