Almost 80 out of every 100 people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Back pain is causing many people to look for medical options. It is reported acupuncture is most searched for back pain. It is also reported that back pain is one of the most effective conditions Acupuncture can help with.
There are many researches on effectiveness of Acupuncture. However a recent review of 22 acupuncture studies showed that it provided short-term relief from chronic back pain. It also showed there was greater improvement in pain for people who got acupuncture compared to those who received a “sham” treatment. Other studies have found, though, that sham acupuncture can be as effective as actual acupuncture. Those studies also found that, compared to standard treatment, both actual acupuncture and sham acupuncture are more effective.
How Acupuncture Works on Back Pain:
Chinese medicine is a 5000 years old healing modality. Acupuncture involves inserting ultimately thin needles at strategic points of the body. These points are connected by pathways called meridians, which create a flow of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Stimulating these points corrects the imbalance of qi and improve the flow of energy.
Acupuncture simulates the nervous system. This Simulation causes body to release beneficial chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These natural chemicals either alter the experience of pain or produce bodily changes that promote a sense of well-being.
Acupuncture also help by:
- Triggering body to generate more endorphins which kills pain.
- By boosting body’s immune system to work efficiently.
- Triggering the release of natural opioids. Opioids reduces pain and provides sound sleep.