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Back pain can be a debilitating condition. Both acute and chronic back pain account for some of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Acupuncture for back pain is receiving lots of attention because of its well documented effectiveness. This article will focus on acupuncture for back pain and how it works.
Acupuncture for Back Pain: The Treatment
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine look at back pain and pain in general from a different perspective than western medicine. We cannot deny the benefits and advances of western medical science but such analytical views can cloud other obvious treatment options. As an example let look a some common known statistics about back pain. Did you know that approximately 50% of people with back pain have no anatomical changes on MRI? Conversely about 50% with no back pain have many abnormalities on their MRI. Such narrow anatomical viewpoints to back pain create blinders to other obvious treatment options available, like acupuncture for back pain.
Acupuncture is recognized by western science as an effective treatment option for many conditions, including back pain. However it has not yet made it into the core of western medicine.
Phoenix acupuncture for back pain: How it works.
From a scientific perspective acupuncture for back pain works by: increasing local blood flow to the area, release of endogenous opiates (endorphins), and activation of healing and repair mechanisms in the collagen and connective tissue. However acupuncture for back pain works beyond the parameters of these western medicine view points too.
There is a subtle energy pulsing through your body and it takes on many different properties and functions. This energy is called Qi. With back pain the particular Qi disturbance is usually in the Kidney or Bladder Qi. In the case of acute pain, the role of acupuncture for back pain is simply to move or increase flow of the stagnant bladder Qi. In chronic back pain your phoenix acupuncture doctor will also seek to build the deficient Kidney Qi.
Acupuncture for back pain: low risk, high benefit
If you've tried other treatments for back pain, whether conventional or alternative, acupuncture might be a great option for you. Acupuncture for back pain has a distinct benefit of having very little side effects and outstanding benefits. Outside of physical therapy conventional back pain treatments are often risky. For example, pain medications can leave many people dependent and in some cases with more generalized pain than before. Steroid injections (also known as epidurals) can leave the connective tissue more week and instable than before you started. Of coarse, epidurals and pain medications have their place but neither have the risk reward ratio of acupuncture.
Acupuncture for back pain is virtually risk-free with the potential of decreasing your back pain significantly after only one to three treatments. With that being said acupuncture for back pain should be looked at in a more global sense where the treatments are done on a weekly basis for several weeks. For instance, in China a minimum acupuncture treatment schedule for a single condition is 10 treatments.
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