Back pain can become persistent or severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day activities. When back pain does not get better with rest, over-the-counter pain medications, and other conventional types of treatment, acupuncture may offer relief.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This treatment method uses thin needles to break up energy blockages in the body as a way of providing pain relief and easing other symptoms of various health issues. The traditional basis for acupuncture involves the belief that qi, or energy, needs to flow through the body freely.
When blockages occur, they can cause pain and other symptoms to develop. More modern theories about acupuncture involve the production and release of chemicals in certain parts of the body. These chemicals, which include endorphins, are believed to help restore normal neuroendocrine function in the body and increase energy levels. This process is thought to boost physical well-being and improve emotional well-being, too.
What is Acupuncture Used For?
Acupuncture is used for a wide range of health issues. These include back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow. It can also be used for pain caused by chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as menstrual cramps and asthma. Acupuncture is commonly used for treating lower back pain caused by muscle strains and sprains. For pain in this region, needles are placed in parts of the body associated with blockages that are causing discomfort.
Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for treating chronic lower back pain, but it’s important to make sure that it is being performed correctly. In order to benefit from this form of treatment for back pain, you should make sure that you are seeing a trained and licensed acupuncturist.
Your acupuncturist should evaluate your symptoms to determine where blockages might be occurring and place needles in the corresponding parts of your body to stimulate chemical production and ease pain. In some cases, combining acupuncture with other forms of treatment offers more effective results. These other forms of treatment might include minimally invasive surgery for spinal problems or physical therapy.
Keep in mind that acupuncture is considered a safe form of treatment for back pain as long as it is performed by a qualified acupuncturist. There are some slight risks associated with this treatment method, such as minor bleeding, bruising, dizziness and skin rashes. If you have a bleeding disorder or another underlying health condition, let your acupuncturist know about it. Acupuncture might not be considered safe to do when you have certain medical conditions, such as skin infections, or if you take blood-thinning medications.
If you are suffering from back pain, you should discuss your options with a qualified neurosurgeon. Contact Capital City Neurosurgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly Kiehm.