The most common type of chronic pain is low back pain caused by muscle, ligament, nerve, and spine injuries. Many therapists believe that one of the best forms of treatment for low back pain is acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, and it is believed to date back to at least 100 B.C. This treatment uses hair-thin needles inserted into specific points in the body in order to balance the patient’s internal “energy,” also called Chi or Qi in acupuncture.
As reported by the Mayo Clinic, many studies which have analyzed patients’ results after sham acupuncture and true acupuncture have shown to yield the same effects, as patients experienced reduced back pain either way. These studies also found that having acupuncture lessens back pain better than receiving no treatment.
How Can Acupuncture Help My Low Back Pain?
Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which patients have reported beneficial results from having acupuncture to relieve their lower back pain:
Decreases Low Back Pain Intensity
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, thus resulting in pain relief. When the needles are inserted into the specific points, your body may release chemicals that contribute to relieving the pain.
Stress can contribute to low back pain. When you’re stressed, there is strain and tension in your back, and your breathing patterns change. Patients who undergo acupuncture for stress and pain frequently report feeling relaxation, calmness, and improved mood after the treatment.
A person experiencing low back pain will often find it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Fortunately, acupuncture serves as an effective treatment for both low back pain and sleeping issues, because it produces a calming effect.
Reduces the Need for Surgery or Medication
Because lower back pain is caused by repetitive stress injuries to the back, and because acupuncture does not use medication, this treatment helps to lessen the need for expensive surgery and medicines.
What to Expect from Acupuncture
Visiting an acupuncturist may be nerve-wracking, especially if you are not a fan of needles. Here are some things to expect from your visit to an acupuncturist:
Initial Visit and Treatment
During your first visit, your acupuncturist will assess your general health. They may ask questions relating to your condition, diet, sleeping patterns, emotional health, and your family’s medical history.
During the Treatment
The first treatment session may last up to two hours, while subsequent sessions may only last for an hour. You can let your acupuncturist know if anything is uncomfortable at any point during the treatment.
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The medical team here at Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness offers services that cover your whole body, from your shoulder to the spine, hips, knees, elbows, wrists, hands, and ankles. The services we offer include physical therapy, occupational therapy, hand therapy, and dry needling.
If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today by calling our friendly staff at (512) 284-7192, or you may also request an appointment now by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you find relief from your back pain.